Designers to watch: Altuzarra

USA finalist prepares for 2013/14 International Woolmark Prize

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With clean structures and pure silhouettes, Altuzarra looks beyond the normal to try new things. Representing the USA, Joseph Altuzarra is working with wool to offer an extension of his label and create a capsule collection worthy of the world's stage.


Weaving wool into Altuzarra's universe

Since bursting onto New York City's fashion scene in 2008, Joseph Altuzarra and his eponymous label have continued to embody the quintessential modern woman and make her feel sexy and confidant. Awarded for his stunning three-piece wool outfit, which included wool shoes, at the USA regional event for the 2013/14 International Woolmark Prize, Altuzarra has remained consistent in the label's trademark style.

The chance to show a six-piece capsule collection in front of fashion industry heavyweights is a chance for the New York-based designer to explore and extend what is engrained within the label's design philosophy. For the young designer, he sees the 2013/14 International Woolmark Prize as the opportunity to look beyond what he has previously done with wool and to try new things.

"We approached the Woolmark capsule collection very much as an extension of what Altuzarra is as a brand. We really thought about what Altuzarra meant and how experimenting with wool could add to that message and could live within the universe that we've created for the brand.

"As a brand I think we're always interested in a certain purity of silhouette, or a certain aesthetic that is usually a structure; a little more clean."

And should Altuzarra emerge victorious from the global final, the label and all it stands for will not only receive AUD$100,000 in prize money, but also the chance to take the designer's trans-continental message overseas and onto the racks of the world’s leading retailers such as Harvey Nichols in London, 10 Corso Como in Milan, JOYCE in Hong Kong and David Jones in Sydney.

IWP 2013/14 USA finalist - Altuzzara

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