Joseph Altuzarra may be in disbelief that his namesake brand has gone this far, but he is not letting it slide without a celebration. For its 10th anniversary, Altuzarra will be bringing back brand favorites under a collection it has decided to call “The One That Got Away.”
The collection is a mix of garbs and accessories that were handpicked by friends of the brand, a group that includes Jenna Lyons, Indya Moore, Evan Rachel Wood, Carine Roitfeld, Cindi Leive, Melanie Huynh, Caroline Issa, Shu Pei Qin, Sarah Rutson and Vanessa Traina. That’s 10 ladies, which is the same number of years that the Altuzarra has existed and thrived. Each woman had to take out a memorable piece from the collections of the last 10 years that made an impact on them but did not have the chance to grab previously. Consequently, they’re also the very faces and bodies modeling the pieces.
Jenna Lyons, who expressed appreciation for Altuzarra’s vision and versatility with Vogue, chose a blazer from the brand’s Spring 2014 collection. Meanwhile, Caroline Issa went after the Bellini gown, Pose star Indya Moore chose a silken, striped ensemble from Spring 2014, and Altuzarra fashion show mainstay Shu Pei Qin took a laced LBD that has been inspired by the 1990s movie Edward Scissorhands. Vanessa Traina’s chic plaid Kieran dress was from Altuzarra’s Spring 2015 collection, Evan Rachel Wood is edgy but also feminine in the matching Acacia blazer and pants from Resort 2014, and Carine Roitfeld’s Fall 2011 Driftwood skirt is still looking fresh as ever. Cindi Leive was drawn to Farley dress from the Fall 2015 collection, Melanie Huynh opted the Cyprus skirt from Fall four years prior, and Sarah Rutson’s sweater is cozy and vogue at the same time.
Of the anniversary project, Altuzarra said that it is special to have his and the brand’s closest friends and clients pick the most iconic pieces of the last 10 years. He has also spoken of the the appeal, confidence and strength of the women who worked on the collection, which is what the Altuzarra woman ought to have.
The collection made its debut right where Altuzarra began—at Barneys New York, where the designer’s ascent began after he was told that the department store is interested in buying stocks of his creations. Even though it was announced nonchalantly, the designer knew it was about to change his life. The time that has passed did not feel that long ago for Altuzarra, as he recounted the days when he worked at his parents’ living room. But now, he has gained legions of fans among celebrities, his designs are often found on the red carpet, and his pieces are demanded all over the world. Many of these celebs, as well as icons from the fashion world, attended his 10-year anniversary celebration over at the renowned department store.
The pieces will be available for purchase at select channels. New Yorkers can head over Barneys, Londoners can go to Joseph, and Hong Kong nationals should drop by Joseph. For everyone else, there’s an online option: the limited capsule collection will be available over at Altuzarra’s website and Mytheresa.
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