Posts Tagged ‘Joseph Altuzarra’

Out with the Punk!

In designer, Fabric, Fashion, Fashion Heat, style on April 23, 2010 at 5:35 pm

Fashion Editors are calling for a nouveau punk revolution. They’re saying women are rebelling. Maybe it’s a strike against the pretty gowns some designers sent down the runway. They’d rather embrace pairing tulle with spikes than look like societe’s ideal of the wholesome girl.

I see nothing wrong with Ms. Wholesome. I’ll freely admit she’s what I strive for. She’s classy and smart. But I’ve taken a keen interest to goth girl because she’s très chic. Goth is elegant, has depth and is androgynous. The goth girl is the smart person’s wholesome girl. While Goth continues to evolve, becoming more hipsterish and emotional when young, it’s  consistent. Goth can be beautified, or kept monochromatic, it doesn’t matter, the point is it’s always there. Gareth Pugh has brought a much-needed glamour to goth while Joseph Altuzarra made it more approachable. Rick Owens is more of a modernist, but there’s a hint of goth empowerment in his collections, always.

So, I’m rebelling against punk.  I’d rather be timeless than hold on to something I’ll part ways with once I’ve noticed a grey hair or two.  At least this way, I can exchange leather with silk, and replace my sheer black t-shirts with a Victorian style blouse. It will be a transition rather than a metamorphosis, growing more fruitful with age.

Rising Star: Prabal Gurung

In Collection, designer, dress, Fashion, Fashion Heat, Good Look, One to Watch, Rising Stars, RTW, style on January 8, 2010 at 5:10 pm

Nicole Phelps from said NYC-based fashion designer Prabal Gurung drapes a mean dress. I prefer to think Prabal Gurung’s mean, period. Joseph Altuzarra and Alexander Wang have been the talk of the town, but this mini fashion powerhouse in the making will throw the others in the trash bin – in friendly competition, of course. Thank god for his formal training as Creative Director for Bill Blass (before it tanked). If it wasn’t for that, maybe he wouldn’t have the momentum to go as far back in fashion as he has.

Gurung’s clearly the next Yves Saint Laurent. And he’s brought back the classic Balenciaga —even Valentino— with fierceness. It’s hard not to look at his collection without reminiscing over those big, thick phaidon fashion history books. The days classic designers paraded bows, red carpet ball gowns with intricate knots and bare shoulders. Sure he throws in the occasional cocktail Gossip Girl dress, the modern-day debutantes gotta shop too. But I think calling his collection “Clothes for a thinking-man’s sex symbol” a bit too deep.  How about his confections simply being clothing for a sex-symbol; the glamazons of old Hollywood are rolling in their graves right about now. Even when he does a pantsuit, there’s a nonchalance about his craftsmanship. As though he’s just effortlessly bang on.

Looking at Gurung’s collection makes me feel safe; there is a well of hope amid the chaos.

Does Joseph Altuzarra suck?

In designer, Fashion, France, Good Look, One to Watch, RTW, sexy, style on January 7, 2010 at 9:35 pm

People are flipping their lids over Joseph Altuzarra lately. He’s a handsome, young Parisian-born fashion designer whose collection has industry leaders salivating like rabid animals. To call Joseph’s success a stroke of luck is a stretch of the imagination; the guy is hotter than a lava eruption. But is his collection anything more than a over-saturated hype? I see why he’s the man of the moment. It’s no walk in the park being a 25-year-old burgeoning designer in New York City — the capital of recession hell — in the middle of a crumbling economy. Particularly when veterans are diving head-first into the pits. However, Joseph’s got the mandate down packed. He has, for one, paid meticulous attention to detail honing his skills under fashion house Gods Marc Jacobs, Givenchy and Proenza Schouler. And, to garnish it off, he got himself a bare-faced, tussle-haired muse; the daughter of romance novelista Danielle Steele.

He’s a solider on the fashion front, and his second collection was an assemblage of free-flowing fringe, suede and key boho-chic references. When I took a good look at his overall delivering, what I’m most impressed with is that his shows were not a distracting extravaganza. Instead, he’s allowed people to fall in love with his confections for what they are. Maybe it’s true that the French just know how to do it.

Yes, I am a fan.