For Joseph Altuzarra Fall 2013, the lady is a vamp — and she's the slickest street-savvy vamp in New York City. This collection could stand alone purely on its attention to gorgeous black-and-white leather treatments, but instead, Altuzarra went above and beyond. The expert tailoring and standout fur outerwear have us convinced that there's never been a better time to channel a little bit of that luxe Cruella de Vil glamour. Take a look at the complete collection now.
After two seasons filled with embellishments and embroideries, Joseph Altuzarra offered up a Fall 2013 collection that was as pared down as the others were glittering — but the result was no less dazzling.
The focus this time around was on "the street" and the slick reflections, hard surfaces, and strict lines found there. Thus, these were clothes that felt powerful, strong, and graphic — pieces built not just for city life but from it. Coats, trenches, and pencil skirts were cut in silhouettes straight out of the '80s, with the broad shoulders, nipped-in waists, and exaggerated hips favored by that era's big business power ladies. Fabrics like bonded crepe, felted wool, vinyl, and leather gave those silhouettes structure, while the mostly black, white, and taupe palette let Altuzarra's masterful seaming and careful construction shine. If all that sounds a tad severe, never fear. There were also coats made from black and white fox fur, collars and lapels made of mink, hems that shimmered with rows of snaps and buttons, and flashes of vivid orange.
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It's time to pay year-end homage to the designer who stood out above the rest, and we can't do it without your help. Here's the thing: there was a plethora of fashionable talent to watch in 2012, but we've narrowed it down to five individuals who consistently stole the show with a genius mix of gorgeous runway fodder and red-carpet wins. So which designer really knocked your socks off? Was it Raf Simons, the newly minted creative director of Christian Dior? Did Joseph Altuzarra's luxe nomadic runway pieces speak to you? Was it Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's minimalist aesthetic for The Row that impressed you most? Were you dying over Prabal Gurung's red-carpet creations (hello, Jennifer Lawrence at the Hunger Games premiere in LA)? Or is it Hedi Slimane's cool-girl overhaul of Saint Laurent Paris that resonates with you? Vote for your favorite designer of the year below!
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.
The Olympics may be long over, but that hasn't stopped a few New York designers from engaging in a little fashion gymnastics.
For an editorial titled "I'll Tumblr For Ya" in the October issue of Harper's Bazaar, Terry Richardson photographed the acrobatic stylings of Olivier Theyskens, Michael Kors, Alexander Wang, Joseph Altuzarra, and more. The full spread will be released online Sept. 14, but behind-the-scenes images are already trickling onto the magazine's Tumblr. A few of those images — featuring Wang and Altuzarra getting some serious air — in the slideshow.
Photos courtesy of Harper's Bazaar
Those stories and more in our daily news roundup.
- Vogue announced that it plans to open an edition in Thailand, confirming rumors that first surfaced in April. Former Elle Thailand editor in chief Kullawit Laosuksri will lead the magazine, making him the only male editor in chief of one of Vogue's 21 international editions. [Vogue UK]
- Was that Karl Lagerfeld taking a trip on a fishing trawler in the Baltic Sea? No — it was comedian Jörg Knör, dressed up in the Chanel couturier's white wig and sunglasses while filming a skit for German TV. [The Cut]
- Karlie Kloss was lucky enough to wear a Dior gown to her prom. "It was so much fun," she said. "My prom date was hysterical. He was about eleven inches shorter than me. Maybe a solid foot. I bought him a tie to match. We were a very cute couple." [Fashionista]
- Annabelle Dexter Jones follows her godmother's beauty advice — "She always told me, 'You must moisturize every day.'" — with lotions from Santa Maria Novella and Kiehl's. [Into The Gloss]
- Joseph Altuzarra's mother, Karen, said not knowing anything about the fashion industry actually helped her become a better CEO for her son's business. "It meant we had some control over our own growth," she said. [Material World]
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
Heidi Klum, Karolina Kurkova, and Arizona Muse, among others, have revealed what they'll be wearing to Monday night's Met Gala.
Balmain designer Olivier Rousteing told Style.com that he'll be taking model Joan Smalls as his date. Anthony Vaccarello has confirmed he'll be accompanied by Anja Rubik. Jason Wu will attend with Karlie Kloss, and Haider Ackermann will walk the red carpet with Constance Jablonski.
The site has also confirmed another spate of pairings: Roland Mouret is taking Doutzen Kroes; Rachel Zoe and her husband, Rodger Berman, will attend with Karolina Kurkova; Erdem Moralioglu will dress Arizona Muse; and Thakoon Panichgul is taking actress Christina Ricci.
It has also recently been revealed that Heidi Klum will wear a "very very lacy and very very see-through" one-of-a-kind dress by Escada. Chanel's official attendee will be French actor Gaspard Ulliel, face of the brand's Bleu de Chanel fragrance.
Previously confirmed pairings include Alexander Wang and rapper Azealia Banks, who tweeted that she would perform at the Met Gala last week; Proenza Schouler's Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez with Australian actress Isabel Lucas; and Joseph Altuzarra with Lana Del Rey. Coco Rocha will attend with her husband, James Conran, wearing a vintage dress by Givenchy.
The Met Gala will be live streamed for the first time from 6:30-8:30 p.m. EDT on May 7.
Update: Everyone from Sarah Jessica Parker to Giovanna Battaglia has decided what they're wearing tonight. Below, a list of everything we know so far:
- Kristen Stewart will wear Balenciaga and attend the Gala with Nicola Ghesquiere.
- Gwyneth Paltrow will wear Prada. Linda Evangelista will also wear Prada, and will attend as Miuccia Prada's date.
- Renee Zellweger will wear Emilio Pucci.
- Jessica Stam will wear Dior.
- Cameron Diaz will attend with Stella McCartney.
- Lauren Santo Domingo will wear Oscar de la Renta.
- Kate Upton will attend the gala with Michael Kors, who is also dressing Jessica Alba and Liu Wen.
- Sarah Jessica Parker and Lily Cole wil both wear Valentino.
- Amy Adams will wear Giambattista Valli Couture.
- Scarlett Johansson is wearing custom Dolce & Gabbana, but the house will also dress Bianca Brandolini d'Adda, Andrea Dellal, Giovanna Battaglia, and Marpessa Hennink.
- Brooklyn Decker, Liya Kebede, Rashida Jones, and Tory Burch will all wear gowns of Burch's design.
- Kristen Bell and Dee Hilfiger will both wear Tommy Hilfiger.
- Dree Hemingway will wear Topshop.
- Farida Khelfa will wear vintage Schiaparelli.
- Emma Stone will wear Lanvin.
- Stella Tennant, Poppy Delvigne, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, and Sigrid Agren will wear Chanel.
- Claire Danes will attend the gala with her husband Hugh Dancy and Gilles Mendel. She'll wear J. Mendel, and so will Aerin Lauder and actress Christine Taylor. Taylor will attend with her husband Ben Stiller.
- Burberry will be dressing Cara Delvigne, Jourdan Dunn, Gabriella Wilde, Vanessa Kirby, Douglas Booth, Mario Testino, Casey Affleck, and Roo Panes.
- Prabal Gurung is dressing Greta Gerwig.
Photo: Doutzen Kroes wearing Giambattista Valli to the 2011 Met Gala.