57 posts tagged "Joseph Altuzarra"
8:30 a.m. smack in the middle of fashion week is a rough call time, but the winners of this year’s Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation awards were bright-eyed for their victory lap at an ED-sponsored breakfast this morning. (The journalists assigned to cover them, maybe less so.) Former winner Derek Lam kept his remarks to the new class brief: “Get out there and meet everyone.” Winners Prabal Gurung, Joseph Altuzarra, The Blonds, Salvor Project’s Ross Menuez, Siki Im, Prova’s Irini Arakas, and John Patrick, get thee to the schmooze.
First things first, of course: the shows this week, all of which got a boost from the cash award. “A big difference will be backstage, where, instead of six people running the whole thing, we’ll have a proper staff to make sure things run smoothly,” said Altuzarra. Gurung is making the transition from presentation to full-on runway shows and is “excited to shoot higher and push the line further, now more than ever,” he told us. And menswear designer Siki Im may have gotten an influx of funds, but his collection remains about just the opposite. “It’s a story I dreamed up of the boys from Lord of the Flies,” he explained, “growing up, securing a good job on Wall Street—you know, carte blanche, all that—and then suddenly losing it all.”
Ecco Domani Wines has announced its 2010 Fashion Foundation award winners. For womenswear, Prabal Gurung, Joseph Altuzarra, Ross Menuez of Salvor Projects, and Phillipe Rollano and David Trujillo of The Blonds; for menswear, Siki Im; and for accessories, Irina Arakas of Prova. If you’re looking for the appropriate beverage to toast the winners, we’re sure Ecco D has a few suggestions. [WWD]
Three new Rs: reading, ‘riting, and Riri. Everyone’s favorite ubiquitous pop star has announced plans for her first book, out this June. Co-created with Rated R tour creative director Simon Henwood, the tome will consist mainly of steamy photos. Here’s to giving the people what they want. [Gatecrasher]
The Queen of England’s 2010 New Year’s Honours list has been released, and Her Majesty will confer honors on several of British fashion’s leading lights, including milliner Stephen Jones and Luella Bartley. Any royal funding for Luella back there, your highness? [Vogue U.K.]
It’s On may be off, but Alexa Chung’s keeping busy: Her Spring 2010 ad campaign for Pepe Jeans has hit the Web. [Grazia]
Perhaps it was a case of holiday spirit goggles, but there was something a bit Santa-at-the-workshop about Philip Crangi on Saturday: There were the rolled-up sleeves of his red tartan shirt, the engineer-stripe apron, and, of course, his glorious beard. (He just called it “butch drag.”) The jewelry designer spent the day at his new store, The Crangi Family Project, for a grand opening-cum-holiday event. The name isn’t just an affectation. “We did everything in here ourselves,” said Crangi, from the skeletal tin flowers on display, the forest-hued velvet walls, and the black pressed-tin ceiling, cobbled together by Philip, his sister and business partner, Courtney, and a host of hardworking friends.
Crangi took up his post at an anvil in the corner—dragged from the Garment District to its new home in the Meatpacking—to provide gratis stamping service for customers. (“It’s heavy,” he deadpanned.) He reported that the tiny space had seen a steady stream of visitors, including some industry friends: On Saturday, Joseph Altuzarra was there with his business partner Coline Choay, and Vena Cava‘s Lisa Mayock turned up to say hello and scoop up some holiday gifts. Names and initials jotted on a notepad were handed to Crangi as he dutifully personalized his signature Railroad Spike and Pied-de-Biche cuffs and rings. One customer even asked for the entire refrain to a song. “Oh, we have to call her back,” he said gravely. Even Santa has his limits.