Today the countdown begins to New York Fashion Week, the dizzying time full of groundbreaking fashion, fun model moments, and, of course, gorgeous clothes! So what are we most excited for come Thursday? Watch and see our editors, style director, and fashion host have a bicoastal conversation about why they can't wait for the week to start! On Marisa: BCBG Max Azria Top
Joseph Altuzarra is already on his fifth Spring collection, and the young designer's star power is now firmly established. For 2013, the beauty look mirrored the clothing: precise, ladylike cool with absolutely nothing out of place.
The look: A mirror-shine bow for the hair, neat matte nails, and clean makeup
The inspiration: Chic femmes and equestrian polish
Who would wear it: Women with excellent taste and effortless class
Expanding on the blending of cultures he explored in last season's winning Corto Maltese-inspired romp, the designer found inspiration this time around in a traveler of another sort: the century-hopping, continent-crossing, and gender-bending protagonist of the 1992 film Orlando. And, just as that film spanned eras and melded masculine with feminine to stunning visual effect, so did Altuzarra.
But it wasn't just the designer's innovative period mixing that made this collection such a knockout. It's that Altuzarra knows his away around some mean tailoring, and that's where the story really gets good. Jackets — many of which referenced classic workwear with utilitarian zippers, engineering stripes, and visible topstitching — were so well-constructed they veered close to couture. And those blazers that could be worn like capes, thanks to the thoughtful addition of openings under the sleeves? You could practically hear the editors' mental cheers.
That attention to detail was evident in the evening looks too. But instead of the sharp tailoring offered for day, here it was all about careful, structured draping. Dresses in embroidered silks were wrapped artfully so that they resembled sarongs and scarves, and many dripped exotically with golden tassels and fringe. The effect, to put it simply, was breathtaking.
It may have been pouring outside, but inside at Altuzarra's show, we were transported far from the storm to a beautiful place, where classical music serenaded the crowd and front-row attendees Kate Bosworth, Anna Dello Russo, and Nina Garcia, and models made their way down the catwalk in up-to-the-neck fringe, embellishment, and knee-high gladiator boots (that we're betting Dello Russo was mentally adding to her Spring shopping list). To say that the stakes were high for the CFDA award-winner (in a room packed with the fashion elite) would be a serious understatement. Those expectations were palpable as the lights faded, but with the designer's first look (a cape paired with a pin-striped button-down and slim skirt and a pair of knee-high statement sandal-boots), it was clear he would deliver everything — and more than — the crowd was hoping for. There were hushed gasps, first over the stunning shoes, then more as the lineup turned from structured and sophisticated menswear-infused jackets and trousers and lean, closely-fitted skirts to a more exotic exploration in draped, fringed, and embroidered skirts and tops layered with tassels that felt all at once regal and wanderlust-inspired. Throughout, there was a sense of both the opulent sophisticate and the world-traveled gypsy: rich fabrications and gold accents — and did we mention the shoes? — all added up to Altuzarra's fantasy-inducing Spring.
- Trends: Fringe, draping, capes, slits.
- Colors: Gold, blue, white, neutral shades of gray, tan, and olive, and floral print.
- Key Piece: It may just be the drama-inducing footwear.
- Accessories: Statement gladiator boots and open-toe knee-high boots.
- Who Should Wear It: Cate Blanchett, Taylor Tomasi Hill, Zoe Saldana, Kate Bosworth, and Gwyneth Paltrow could all carry it off.
For today's DIY, we're taking inspiration from CFDA Swarovski Womenswear Designer of the Year winner, Joseph Altuzarra, by channeling the gypset embellishments from his Fall 2012 collection. We started off with a sleeveless chambray button-up, and gave it an unexpected twist with a cool metal collar. Watch today's DIY to put your own quirky-cool touch on your collared top. On Allison McNamara: Rebecca Taylor dress, Lia Sophia necklace.
Michelle Williams braved the heat in NYC yesterday to promote her movie Take This Waltz. For her appearance on the CBS This Morning show, Michelle donned a sweet yellow floral printed dress by Jason Wu paired with black platform loafers from the Tabitha Simmons For Honor collection. Later in the evening, Michelle flipped the style switch in a sexy lace-up LBD from Altuzarra finished off with Givenchy white ankle-strap sandals. Michelle looks flawless in both looks, but tell us, do you prefer her sweet or sexy style? Flip through the slideshow to see every look up close, then tell us what you think in the comments section below.
Joseph Altuzarra's considerable talent for seamless multicultural mixing continues for Resort 2013. This time around, the designer looked beyond Fall 2012's Morroccan-tinged blend and focused his attention — and CFDA Swarovoski Award-winning — skills on India, Jamaica, and the Maasai tribes of East Africa. The result? Tailored jodhpurs, safari jackets, straight skirts, capes, and body-hugging shifts — all deftly tailored, nipped at the waist, and lushly adorned with folded peplums, ikat prints, Rastafarian stripes, and rich artisanal embroidery.
Photos courtesy of Altuzarra
CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winner Joseph Altuzarra's collection for J.Crew has been hotly anticipated, partly because it's been kept tightly under wraps. Until now, that is. While no official lookbook has been released, today we spotted the first pieces from the collection on Vogue.com. In a story about affordable French style, Vogue featured several pieces from Altuzarra's forthcoming collection. We've got our eyes on the gingham blouse and striped dress for now, and we will post new pictures as we find them! The collection is due to hit stores April 23, and collections from runners-up Pamela Love (she designed denim!) and Creatures of the Wind will hit J.Crew stores starting next month.
When you conjure up an idea of what you think the Easter Bunny looks like, do you imagine it to be wearing geo-shaped sunglasses, sky-high Nicholas Kirkwood heels, and a polka-dotted silk scarf? We didn't either. But thanks to Vogue's supercute idea and a chic crew of imaginative minds, we've spotted 19 Easter rabbits that prove that even a children's character can be at the cusp of cutting-edge fashion. We're smitten with Prabal Gurung's long-whiskered daintily dressed bunny; we love Peter Pilotto's brightly-printed version, and um, how funny is Opening Ceremony's hipster-cactus bunny interpretation? Check out our favorite renditions now, then click over to Vogue.com to see the complete collection.
Photos courtesy of Vogue
Leather is everywhere these days, and we always welcome fresh takes on the trend. That's why we love Brooklyn Decker's tropical-print Altuzarra dress with leather trim she wore to a pre-Oscars party in LA. The blond beauty looks phenomenal in the fashion-forward frock and a pair of envelope-pushing white cutout pumps. Get the look by styling a pair of tropical bottoms, like these eye-catching shorts, with a leather top, or vice versa, then complete the outfit with your favorite white pumps. Rock this fresh take on leather with black tights and a coat for cooler months, then lose the extras when the temperature warms up.