lunes, 7 de junio de 2010


Sometimes I acknowledge a designer's talent and become interest in his work, but need to somehow prove that I really like him through the seasons and it's not only because for his first collection he was the next big thing. New York it's the place for emerging designers, it's where to go for new talent. Thanks a lot to the CFDA Fund which supports and advises this group of young designers, they created for instance, a fashion incubator where designers have a work space inside the CFDA facilities and every year they give awards which often includes consulting and economical support to help them expand their brand.

One of this emerging designers, the one I am trying to talk about, before the introduction, was first discovered because fashion crowd like Lauren Santo Domingo and Carine Roitfeld were wearing his line, I'm talking about Joseph Altuzarra. He was born and raise in Paris, and has worked for Proenza Schouler and then Givenchy before deciding to start his own line. He was nominated this year as best emerging designer for the CFDA awards, but Jason Wu won, whatevs...

His debut collection Fall 2010 consisted of 18 looks, which included perfect thight dresses, great tailored coats, jackets and pants. His clothes stand up as sexy but clasic, perfectly suited for working women of different ages. For Spring he turned to the prairie, making pantsuits and jumpers in light brown suede with ruffles and other white looks with details in this material. Now for Fall 2010 his inspirations seem a little darker, the sharp tailoring that his been working it's now combined with goat hair, black leather has been worked as if it has rough stitches, and his signature skin tight dresses are now made from red velvet.

I think he has a strong point of view about women dressing, there's nothing about his clothes that feels cute or girly, wether his playing with ruffles on white shirts or velvet in red carpet dresses. His line feels empowering, something that succesfull women feel comfortable wearing, but have the attitude to make it look right. It's nice to have the opportunity to watch the evolution of a designer from his very beginning, we'll be following closely.

Carine's photo from Jak and Jil, the one with Vanessa Traina is from the CFDA awards this year by Solve Sundsbo, and last two from

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