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New York | DesignersSeptember 11, 2012

RTW/13 Altuzarra New Rising Star

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After his beautiful, Corto Maltese-inspired collection for fall, the stakes and expectations were sky-high for Joseph Altuzarra this season. He came through dazzlingly, with a terrific collection built on ultra-chic codes: sophisticated, form-fitting shapes and a strong hand for draping and embroidery that was Parisian in attitude (via North Africa/Imperial Russia/India) but without the more conservative trappings of the French bourgeoisie.

Altuzarra was inspired by the 1992 movie “Orlando.” Its hero, in a quest for eternal youth, journeys through British history, existing as both man and woman for centuries. He picked up on the traveling, gender-crossing spirit from the first few men’s wear-inspired looks — a railroad-stripe cotton coat with arm vents teamed with a contrasting striped pencil skirt, and a striped patchwork dress that seemed, as he put it, “a little Oshkoshy.” Altuzarra also reworked Art Deco prints for harem pants, or mixed them with other fabrics, such as in a slim dress with a shirt top and a patterned skirt. He added a right touch of exotic — think Moroccan Bedouin — with gold fringe spiraling around skirts and his finale of stunningly elaborate, draped, embroidered and fringed scarf dresses. ( WWW.COM)

This look is definitely among my favorites for 2013 spring. Gypsy look never dies especially if it's crowned with an imperial flair.

Joseph Altuzarra is a young, multicultural, broadly educated designer whose personal background and practical experience have given him a unique perspective and a refined vision and aesthetic. Born and raised in Paris, with a Chinese-American mother, and a French father, Joseph is graduate of Swarthmore College with a B.A. in Art and Art History.

 Passionate about fashion, Joseph headed to New York upon graduation where he was hired as a design intern at the Marc Jacobs Studio, then as a freelance designer at Proenza Schouler. Excited about fashion design but seeking to master its technical underpinnings, he apprenticed with Nicolas Caïto, a freelance pattern maker, former head of the Rochas atelier. After 2 years in New York, Joseph decided to complement his training in his native Paris, where he was hired by Riccardo Tisci as his first assistant. He honed his design skills in tailoring and draping by working on the ready-to-wear collections and taking responsibility for jersey designs.
In 2008, at 25 years old, Joseph returned to New York to launch his own line, ALTUZARRA. Since its first season, ALTUZARRA has grown in the breadth and depth of its collections. Joseph has developed trademark body-conscious, flattering and feminine clothing. In only 3 short years, distribution has grown to more than 50 doors and press coverage occurs daily.

From the outset of ALTUZARRA, Joseph’s prodigious talent, imagination and vision have been highlighted and rewarded several times, recently he was awarded the first prize for the coveted 2011 CFDA/Vogue Annual Fund. Other awards include the Fashion Group International Rising Star of the Year, Out 100 Vanguard of the Year, 2-time CFDA Award Nominee, Ecco Domani Award and Forbes 30 under 30. A broad multi-cultural experience and from training with vanguard NY designers in a French couture house Joseph Altuzarra has forged his own distinctive voice.

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