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Ralph, Oscar, Calvin, Karl—most of today’s top designers don’t even require a last name. But who’s next on the road to worldwide, decades-long fashion fame? Vanity Fair has a few ideas. For the publication’s September issue, VF‘s fashion market director, Michael Carl (who you probably know as @carlscrush on Twitter), rounded up the industry’s most-sought-after young designers to ask them how they got their big break, who their dream clients are, and about their least favorite trends. Jennifer Fisher hit it big when Rihanna wore her jewelry, and Jason Wu credits Michelle Obama for making him a household name. (He was quick to voice his opinions on acid-wash jeans, too.)
The designers also posed with their “muses” for a group shot photographed by Patrick Demarchelier. Joseph Altuzarra tapped Dree Hemingway, Tabitha Simmons brought Karen Elson, and Public School’s Max Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow enlisted Sebastian Stan. Watch Vanity Fair‘s full video hailing upcoming design talents, above.
Within the fashion set, Joseph Altuzarra is a widely recognized name. If there was any question about that, he cemented his status as a big-boy designer in June when he took home the CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year Award. But his reputation with the masses remains yet to be determined—he’s convinced shoppers don’t even know how to say his name. Not yet, anyways.
When his new collaboration for Target is unveiled globally in stores and on Net-a-Porter on September 14, that’s likely to change. In the mix are variations on his elevated, everyday pieces, favorited by the likes of Carine Roitfeld and Vanessa Traina Snow, including a striped button-down shirt, tailored blazers, and a three-quarter-length skirt with a thigh-high slit. And, luckily for anyone who has ever coveted his over-the-top trenchcoats, he’s offered up a khaki one of the more affordable persuasion.
“I am really excited about the trenchcoat—it looks incredibly expensive,” he tells Style.com of his favorite item in the nearly 50-piece collection (prices range from $18 to $90), which has been more than nine months in the making. “The fit on everyone who has tried it on has been phenomenal.”
Model Eva Herzigova was one of the few lucky enough to give the pieces an early test run. The designer chose the Czech beauty as the Altuzarra for Target campaign star. “We wanted to speak to a woman and not a girl,” he says. “It’s not so much about age but more about a certain level of sophistication and maturity and the way that you think about your style. That’s something that is very Altuzarra. Eva is someone who I felt really strongly embodied that person.”
Though the Altuzarra customer profile might not align with the typical Target shopper, and vice versa, the designer says there is a meeting point for the two. “In a way, it’s a different audience, but you are still talking to women who have very busy lives, and they want clothes that don’t hinder them but that work for their lifestyles.”
Here, in this Style.com exclusive video, catch a first look at some of the pieces and watch the designer talk about the forthcoming collection.
The 2014 Farmers’ Almanac was spot-on in its forecast of a wet, hot summer—at least here in NYC, where city dwellers have been experiencing stickier-than-usual conditions and bucketloads of rain. It’s no wonder we’ve been particularly drawn to the Resort collections’ cool cutouts. Narciso Rodriguez, Joseph Altuzarra, and the Cushnie et Ochs girls were among those who showed body-con dresses featuring razor-sharp incisions. Gia Coppola took a subtler approach to ventilation at the CFDA Awards back in June, when she wore a patterned Proenza Schouler number that exposed just a sliver of abdomen. Meanwhile, Charlotte Gainsbourg turned up on the Cannes red carpet in a holey Louis Vuitton Cruise top, and Anna Dello Russo donned Anthony Vaccarello’s breezy (but not so easy) navy style during the Milan menswear shows.
Congrats to Joseph Altuzarra, who won the CFDA Award for Womenswear Designer last night—though we can’t say we’re surprised. During New York fashion week, his show is always one of the hottest tickets in town, and his woman is always as powerful as she is feminine. I’ve been lucky enough to have invested in a few of his pieces over the years, and now that Pre-Fall is hitting stores, I want his navy-and-red-striped pants. It will be the perfect transition piece—a winner, if you will.
Altuzarra pants, $816, Buy it now
News broke this morning that 2014 CFDA Womenswear Award nominee and budding master of sensual style Joseph Altuzarra is the latest designer to team up on a capsule with Target. He follows in the footsteps of brands like Proenza Schouler, Prabal Gurung, 3.1 Phillip Lim, and, most recently, Peter Pilotto. “It just felt like the right moment,” offered Altuzarra when asked why he signed on to create the almost fifty-piece collection of ready-to-wear, lingerie, and accessories, which will hit Target stores, the retailer’s website, and Net-a-Porter on September 14. “I’m so focused on building the Altuzarra universe in the luxury market, but the opportunity to bring my world to a larger audience is really exciting,” added the designer, who secured an investment from Kering last year.
Don’t expect the forthcoming capsule to be a greatest-hits range—Altuzarra thinks that would be downright rude. “I didn’t want this collection to just feel like a rehash of things that we’ve done before. That wouldn’t be fair to the Target customer—almost like I didn’t put any effort into it. And it wouldn’t be fair to the Altuzarra customer who might want to buy something new and interesting that we’re not doing for our own line.” Inspired by a world traveler jetting off to far-flung destinations like Paris, Morocco, Tokyo, and Mongolia, the range will include hyper-tailored peplum jackets, pencil skirts, and trenchcoats, all with special details, like embroidery. “I didn’t want to assume that because we were doing a collection with Target that it suddenly had to be a much less interesting product. The collection has to stand on its own, and it is details, volume, and tailoring that make a piece feel rich and special.” The fabrics, too, will lend a luxury feel to the lineup—satin georgette, Swiss dot, slinky jersey, faux fur and leather, jacquard, velveteen, and stretch twill are used throughout.
Mass-market collaborations have done wonders for many an emerging brand, introducing the labels to an entire new demographic outside of the fashion (and shopping) elite. But still, there is always the question of whether a team-up of this kind can dilute a luxury brand. And though the collection is being produced largely in China, this is not a concern for Altuzarra. “Target contacted us because of what our brand stands for, and they were very encouraging about having us really develop a collection that was respectful of what the Altuzarra brand means,” said the designer. “Now, that doesn’t mean that we didn’t think about who the Target customer is and what she’s looking for, but it was really about bringing that customer into our world. There’s an appreciation for overall good product no matter what market you’re shopping in, and Target and I were on the same page about wanting to produce perfect, uncompromised garments.” Said uncompromised garments will all ring in at less than $100. With that in mind, we bet this collection will appeal to loyal fans and, more important, gain him some new ones.