Saturday, 25 July 2009

Designer: Joseph Altuzarra

Joseph Altuzarra may have only produced two collections to date, spring/summer 2009 (above) and fall/winter 2009 (below) but, looking at his work, you wouldn't guess. Altuzarra was born in Paris, studied art and art history in Philadelphia, spent time working at Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler and Givenchy, and then launched his own line last year. We really love the minimalism of his work ("I look to designers like Helmut Lang and Jil Sander for inspiration," he has said "They never got into anything too theme-y. It was all about making clothes that were just functional and attractive. I like working that way.") and the razor sharp cut and construction, which has similarities to that of Roland Mouret. At the same time, both collections have that on-trend 80s aspect, with the body-con elements and the slight sparkle, but he's cleverly done it in a classic, subdued way, giving the look a much greater longevity. ss09

For the FW09 collection (below), Altuzarra experimented with a slightly looser fit, with well executed Grecian style draping, and with tight cuts complemented with looser sleeves, adding a pleasing sense of balance. His clothes are sexy and quite flashy (as much as we feel the spirit of Jil Sander and Helmut Lang, present day Versace in its slightly more minimal incarnation is also brought to mind), but he manages to keep it all looking sleek and generally sophisticated because of the minimalism and the great cut.

And if you needed any further proof that Altuzarra is hot property at the moment, don't forget that back in March at the fall/winter 09 shows, Carine Roitfeld dispensed with her customary Margiela, YSL, Balmain and Givenchy for one day to wear one of his coats from the collection to the shows... quite an endorsement, if ever there was one, for a designer just on his second collection.

We're sure we're going to be hearing a lot more about Joseph Altuzarra in the future.

See more on his website.


  1. yes, amazing collection. wow.

  2. At first O was so thrown (and not in a good way) by the robot girl poses in the first sets that I couldn't see the clothes (rant over).

    Now that I've put the model on ignore and focused on the clothing I really like it.

    Thanks for introducing me to a designer I knew little to nothing about.

    (O.k....I have to share the word verification because it's just outrageously funny. "Probefest" hilarious!)

  3. haha, I love it - "Probefest" sounds like bad news..!

  4. the fur-trimmed cardigan was in the most recent issue of vogue...

  5. I really like how simple these pieces are. And, the colors are so clean and crisp.

  6. lots of white love the first dress xoxox