Part of (adorable) designer Joseph Altuzarra’s duty as CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winner is to design a collaborative collection for J. Crew — and now we’re finally seeing the fruits of his labors. Altuzarra says he was inspired by “Brigitte Bardot in Saint-Tropez and French preppy style” and the seven pieces in his collection reflect that retro-simple look. While nothing in the capsule collection is particularly revelatory or new, it’s nice to see Altuzarra create a series of looks that so seamlessly blends with J. Crew’s aesthetic.
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Cross your fingers — there’s a decent chance that, sometime in the next few weeks, J. Crew and CFDA/Vogue Fund Award winner Joseph Altuzarra (that’s him on the far right, pictured with J. Crew boss Jenna Lyons on the far left) will come forward with news of a collaboration. In fact, the designer might have gotten a little bit loose-lipped by discussing the collab at an event earlier this week. J. Crew has yet to make a formal announcement regarding the capsule collection, so I can’t imagine that they’re happy with Joseph’s decision to unceremoniously spill the beans. Regardless, Altuzarra will join the ranks of Prabal Gurung, jewelry designer Lulu Frost, and Manolo Blahnik, all of whom have collaborated with J. Crew in the past. As far as fast fashion collaborations go J. Crew is particularly high-end, so while the offerings will certainly be less pricy than the runway goods, they’re bound to cost a pretty penny. Still, I look forward to seeing the results and maybe picking up a couple of the pieces. [Racked]
Will we ever hear the end of Lana del Rey? She’s been suspiciously absent from Fashion Week, and I thought for sure that her “Saturday Night Live” performance would finish the singer off for good, but the past few weeks have proven me wrong: not only has she landed a Vogue UK cover, but there’s reason to believe that LDR may be about to officially hit the scene as a fashion darling. Lana, who’s notedly less “gangster Nancy Sinatra” and more “I went to boarding school in upstate Connecticut” (she actually did) birth name is Elizabeth Woolridge Grant, will be escorted by this year’s CFDA/Vogue Fashion fund winner, Joseph Altuzarra, to the Met Gala. Um, yeah, kind of a big deal. I can’t hate only because I really love the sartorial statements Lana/her team have made in the past — luxe fur coats + glittering gowns + Mulberry bags = my kind of girl. Hey, as long as she leaves her ridiculous diamond tooth cap at home, things will go over just fine. [Fashionista]
Joseph Altuzarra’s eponymous collection has only been around since 2009, but it hasn’t taken him long to make a name for himself. This week, it was announced that Altuzarra’s line of womenswear received the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s highest honor — the Vogue Fashion Fund Award, which each year honors a rising young fashion designer who is believed to be making a mark in the industry. Past winners include Billy Reid, Alexander Wang, Trovata and Proenza Schouler. Jewelry designer Pamela Love and womenswear designers Creature of the Wind were runners up, and will each receive $100,000. Keep reading »