April 19 2014

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Christopher Esber is Woolmark’s Favorite Aussie


A look from Christopher Esber's Fall '13 collectionWoolmark continues to announce its 2014 finalists this week, revealing today that two-time nominee Christopher Esber will represent Australia in the Oz-based wool brand’s international competition—the winner of which will be announced during Milan fashion week in February. Esber—who’s been pegged as one of Australia’s most exciting up-and-comers—will go head-to-head with labels from around the globe, such as Sibling, which will compete for the U.K., ffiXXed, a Shenzhen-based design collective that took the Asian finals, and our hometown pick, Joseph Altuzarra, who won the U.S. leg of the competition last week. The victor will take home $100,000 AUD and be stocked in stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, 10 Corso Como, and Harvey Nichols.

Photo: Courtesy of Christopher Esber/ IMG Fashion

Altuzarra Wins The U.S. Woolmark Prize


Joseph Altuzarra and his winning look for Woolmark“So, who do you think’s in the lead?” said CFDA CEO Steven Kolb to Joseph Altuzarra—patting him on the back—before taking the stage to announce the International Woolmark Prize’s stateside winner at New York’s Industria Superstudio last night. Kolb’s pre-reveal grin was a tell, as he later disclosed that the panel of judges, which included Kolb, Alexander Wang, Stefano Tonchi, Saks Fifth Avenue’s Colleen Sherin, and others, had selected Altuzarra as the 2013 victor. “I’m really stunned and very, very, very happy,” Altuzarra told while clasping his trophy. And why wouldn’t he be? In addition to winning $100,000 (the designer plans to put it toward his Pre-Fall collection), Altuzarra will continue on to represent the U.S. in the international competition, which, set to culminate during Milan Fashion Week in February, affords him the chance to double his money and earn new stockists. “Now I’m really going to fight for the U.S.!” he said before turning to chat with a line of journalists. Continue Reading “Altuzarra Wins The U.S. Woolmark Prize” »

A Seductive Resort Short, Courtesy of Altuzarra


Joseph Altuzarra debuted his romantic Resort ’14 collection earlier this month, and while shooting his lookbook, he and photographer Simon Cave had a thought. “We came across the idea of wanting to make something that was atmospheric and more of a visual manifestation of the Altuzarra woman,” the pair told Enter Altuzarra’s heady black-and-white Resort ’14 film, which, styled by Vanessa Traina and Melanie Huynh, stars models Magdalena Jasek, Manuela Frey, and Kayley Chabot. Directed and set to some moody beats by Cave, the short sees its heroines dressed up in pieces that, as Altuzarra explains, “were very strong in silhouette and details. We wanted to create something that was very classic in mood, and highlight the masculine and feminine contrasts.” Blindfolds and fluttering veils of sheer black and white chiffon lend an air of mystery to the spot that, we have to admit, is seriously sexy. “A large part of the collection was about exploring the idea of seduction and sensuality, with lace details and lingerie elements in many of the pieces,” said Altuzarra. “The blindfolds and veils were an extension of this concept of seduction and provocation.” Catch the sultry film’s debut above, exclusively on

Lacy In the Sky


Lace looks from Joseph Altuzarra, Band of Outsiders, and Erdem

Lace—both the literal and trompe l’oeil varieties—has emerged as a notable trend during the Resort ’14 presentations. And while it started out racy—a see-through panel on a Dior gown, a waist-high slit on a Versus skirt—crocheting has now crossed over to a purer sort of application, invoking heavenly associations in hues of cloud-white and sky-blue. On the casual front, Band of Outsiders’ Scott Sternberg showed a dégradé anorak that went from pure blanc at the shoulder to what resembled a lacy bramble of baby-blue vines at the hem (above, center). It lent a soft dichotomy to the collection’s otherwise bold prints by artist Guy Yanai.

Joseph Altuzarra took a more formal approach, webbing ornate, ivory-colored filigrees across powdery cyan skirts, jackets, and dresses (above, left). The effect was doily-dainty in tone, but visually impactful nonetheless. “The idea came from vintage French monogrammed napkins,” Altuzarra told “I wanted to reference Gloria Vanderbilt and an air of the seventies.” And Erdem Moralioglu effectively implemented delicate white lace in his mid-century British-seaside-inspired lineup, employing it as an overlay on a pair of blueberry pants, which were paired with a lace top covered in sheer black organza (above, right). The stuff also appeared on a long-sleeve dress shown over a periwinkle slip—a look that inspired a hint of breezy nostalgia.

Photos: Simon Cave/ Courtesy of Altuzarra; Courtesy of Band of Outsiders; Courtesy of Erdem

An A+ For Architecture


Thom Browne at the Architizer A+ Awards GalaLast night, Architizer—an online architecture network for professionals and dabblers alike—hosted its inaugural A+ Awards gala at New York City’s Cedar Lake. And, according to the site’s CEO Marc Kushner, the event not only aimed to honor talents like Richard Meier, who won the lifetime achievement award, but also to make architecture more approachable for those in other creative realms. “We designed an event to help break architecture out of the echo chamber, so that other people can jump in and relate to it,” Kushner told Last night’s accolades honored a total of eighty-seven buildings in more than fifty two categories—including Jaklitsch/Gardner’s cubic Marc Jacobs flagship in Tokyo and THEVERYMANY’s Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama pop-up store at Selfridges in London.

“What they do is really amazing—it’s a great resource,” said attendee Joseph Altuzarra, one of many fashion designers present (Thom Browne and Yigal Azrouël also stopped by). Altuzarra offered that he has his own unique tie to architecture. “We have this factory in the north of France that does jersey—it was designed by Le Corbusier. Everything was done so carefully, it’s really beautiful.”

Photo: Matteo Prandoni/