24 posts tagged "Vanessa Traina"
One of this season’s most anticipated newcomers is Paris-born, New York-based Joseph Altuzarra, who’s showing his first collection at New York fashion week. First off, there’s his background: Prior to striking out on his own, he worked for Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, and Givenchy. Then there are his friends: Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, who’s also his art director, and Vanessa Traina, who serves as his muse and stars in his lookbook. “I’m really thankful for the fashion experiences I’ve had,” says the 25-year-old designer. “I’ve been exposed to different ways of looking at fashion. That’s why, despite the line being based in New York, I wanted it to retain a French quality.” As for inspiration, the architecture of Santiago Calatrava—which is noted for its emphasis on structural engineering—has been a major influence for Altuzarra, who is particularly interested in tailoring and construction. Says Traina, “I definitely think that Joseph’s collection caters to the young, forward-thinking modern woman. The aesthetic is very classic in its tailoring, yet the folding and the python piping lend an interesting and modern edge.”
Show packages are piling up at our desks, and as we begin to sort through them, one unexpected face jumped out at us: Vanessa Traina. The Elite model and girl-about-town has been with the agency for a while, but with the exception of a sultry Paris Vogue shoot, has little to her portfolio. So will we see her on the New York catwalks? We hear from her agent it’s still unconfirmed, but she’s definitely into the idea—if it’s with the right designer.