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“This season, I wanted to create a collection with more feeling in it,” explained Joseph Altuzarra at his presentation on Monday evening. “I was hoping that these would be clothes people could connect to emotionally as well as aesthetically.” Mission accomplished: Altuzarra sent his Fall ’09 looks down the runway several times, and each finale drew a round of whoops and loud applause from the cheek-by-jowl crowd gathered to see the buzzed-about newcomer’s sophomore collection. Lauren Santo Domingo left the presentation with a big grin on her face, and Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, who has already made a habit of wearing Altuzarra on the red carpet, was up front for the second go-round of exits, conscientiously snapping photos of every look (and making sure to get takes of Altuzarra’s Gianvito Rossi-produced shoes.) Which is to say that Altuzarra, with his curve-seamed spin on body-con and silver one-shouldered cocktail looks, will soon be seeing public confirmation that he attained his other design objective this season. “Glamour,” he said, laying it out straight and looking a little nonplussed by the well wishers swarming from every side. “I just kept telling myself, make it glamorous. I think that came through.”
Joseph Altuzarra’s résumé may be short, but it packs a solid one-two-three punch: six-month internship at Marc Jacobs, freelance design assistant for Proenza Schouler, and former assistant to New York’s premier modéliste Nicolas Caito. That’s the CV in a nutshell, which all leads up to part four: designer for his eponymous line launched for Spring 2009. Given his pedigree, it should come as no surprise that Altuzarra’s name has emerged as fashion’s new one to know. Yet the designer himself is still nonplussed by the attention. “I never planned to work in fashion,” explains Altuzarra, who was born and raised in France and moved to the U.S. to study at Swarthmore. “I was an art history major who sent his résumé to Marc Jacobs on a whim. I feel like I’ve spent the past few years playing catch-up, learning what goes into making a dress.” Continue Reading “Joseph Altuzarra: A Reason To Look Forward To Fashion Week” »
His name may not be printed on any of the invitations, but you can expect to see plenty of Eddie Borgo’s work at New York fashion week this season. The up-and-coming jewelry designer—who will make his retail debut in March at Barneys—is collaborating with at least three designers for Fall 2009: Jen Kao, Camilla Stærk, and hotly tipped newcomer Joseph Altuzarra. (There may be more—one big name in particular—in the offing.) Borgo, who has collaborated with Marchesa and 3.1 Phillip Lim in past seasons, likes to wrap his boldly geometric aesthetic around other designers’ ideas. “As often as not, seeing what someone else is working on provides an outlet for ideas I already have,” he explained from his midtown studio, while some other designers’ works open up wholly new areas of inspiration. Borgo’s Fall 2009 commissions illustrate the various cases in point. Stærk showed him some vintage bracelets that belonged to her grandmother that Borgo is riffing on for her presentation; Kao’s collection, meanwhile, synched perfectly with his ongoing obsession with triangles. “Joseph [Altuzarra] called me from Cairo recently,” he says with a laugh. “He was like, you have to come! You’ll love it here! There are triangles everywhere.” Borgo also mines ideas from the street—one in particular, in fact. “I love walking down St. Marks Place and seeing all that cheap street jewelry,” he says. “I always feel like my work is about finding a way to take the feeling of that stuff, the rock edge, and translate it into something high-end.” A few tough-chic standouts that do the trick: black latex-wrapped chains, a set of bent nail pieces, and a new group of necklaces Borgo describes as “almost like clothing.” Soon, you may well be seeing his name on a fashion show invite.