There’s something everyone should know about Joseph Altuzarra: he’s one of the most careful and considerate designers working in the American high-fashion industry today. His head for business demonstrates his carefulness; he sold European conglomerate Kering a minority stake in his company and as a result enjoys an influx of capital without any interference with creative direction. Not only that, but he timed the launch of his handbags perfectly, choosing to build a clear and thriving brand identity before leaping into the accessories end of the luxury market.
His considerate nature is evident in his clothes, which he creates by keeping the women in his life (particularly his mother) in mind. He even conceded his regular 8 p.m. slot on Day 3 of New York Fashion Week this season to his best friend, Alexander Wang. Altuzarra is one of those rare creatives who possess an ego that is thoroughly under control. While this may read as a love letter to the dashing young designer, it is easy to fall in love with him after seeing what he has in store for his loyal fans for Fall/Winter 2014.
Trading in his typically body-conscious silhouette in favor of cozy outerwear and slinky slip dresses proved to be a smart move for Altuzarra. FROW-ers exploded with excitement over his cashmere car coats, funnel-necked jackets, and sumptuous fleece toppers. In the mix were silky jacket/robe hybrids and suit separates as elegant and fluid as kimonos with their soft gray exteriors and hot-pink silk lining. Altuzarra turned his attention from plush textures to color, and his daywear exploded with paint-slashed sequin tops, neon grid-patterned shearling sweaters and sweater-dresses, and extravagantly textured knit tops and skirts in electric shades of tangerine and Barbie pink. With clothes this radiant and warm, you’ll be tempted to move to a climate where it’s winter all year round.
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