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Joseph Altuzarra Shows Us Around Paris on the First Day of Paris Fashion Week

American designer Joseph Altuzarra is one of the most Parisian New Yorkers we know. He’s existed between the Big Apple and the City of Light for most of his life, and is equally comfortable in both cities—as we documented when we asked him to narrow in on the best things in each spot.


All images by Jessa Carter

So who better to turn to today as Paris Fashion Week begins. We asked Joseph to give us his three favorite neighborhoods—excusez-moi, arrondissements—and an Altuzarra look to go with each. 


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DVF, Victoria Beckham, Whoopi Goldberg, the Best Pasta in NYC & More with Nordstrom’s Top NYFW Squad

As Nordstrom vice president/direct merchandise manager Laura Janney and Tricia Smith, our executive vice president of women’s and designer apparel, emerge from the Diane von Furstenberg presentation around the corner from the much-loved designer’s landmark shop in the Meatpacking District, they’re already dropping the D word. And the V word.

That was very different,” says Laura.

Very,” echoes Tricia, obviously pleased.

Tricia Smith (right) holding up one of the day’s beautiful show invitations; the Gucci pocketbook is Laura Janney’s.
All images by Olivia Locher unless otherwise noted.

It’s Sunday morning, and we’ve booked ourselves into the backseat of our top Fashion Week team’s black Suburban for the day. For some appointments on the itinerary, we’re just along for the ride; for others, we’ll accompany Tricia and/or the crew inside. (No outdoor shows today, which is sort of a bummer because it’s finally pleasant instead of broiling.) On the docket: four runway shows and three presentations—models in situ; no catwalk—and hopefully, a surprise or two along the way.


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New York Fashion Week Last Looks: Yesterday’s Runways at Tibi, Altuzarra, Alexander Wang and Rebecca Minkoff

Renowned member of the minimalism pack, Amy Smilovic took androgyny to new levels with her latest collection for Tibi, giving us a new sense of direction for fall.Tibi_138_fw16And not androgyny in the way everyone else is doing it either. The founder’s take is less “borrowed from the boys” and more “gender fluid,” or as Smilovic put it: “the way a woman wears a guy’s jeans—a guy can wear a woman’s, too.” There’s a style in the ease Smilovic has perfected at the helm of Tibi, one that doesn’t rely on bold patterns and structure, but on simplicity and comfort. There’s never a sense that the clothing is trying too hard, but at the same time there’s nothing underrated about it. Languid silk slips and lace blouses, sans bras, layered under oversized blazers added sensuality to a predominantly male-influenced showcase. Carefully layered velvets, mohairs, furs and metallics all made an appearance in military greens, terracottas and oxbloods with touches of quartz, emerald green and blush.

SHOP: current season Tibi

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Paris Fashion Week S/S 2016: Joseph Altuzarra’s Mom Has One of the Best Jobs in Fashion

Just inside the Altuzarra showroom in Paris, a beautiful and petite woman asked if she might take my bag and coat, and then introduced herself as Karen Altuzarra. Joseph Altuzarra and his mum started the line that bears the family name together and while her supportive role changes from season to season, she did happen to mention that she’s pretty much always charged with giving the pieces their descriptive names.

I would imagine that Karen considers being a mother a dream job, but bestowing each collection’s silhouette with a signature? Now that’s nice work if you can get it.

altzurra signage

While Mrs. Altuzarra lives between London and Paris, the designer and the brand are based in Manhattan, which means that during New York Fashion Week, we took a look at the Altuzarra runway. But it’s always a treat to see the pieces up close and personal in the showroom setting—particularly when a very familiar guide is on hand.

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Last Looks: Yesterday’s Runway at Alexander Wang, Altuzarra and Monique Lhuillier

Industry darling Alexander Wang celebrated his tenth year at the helm of his eponymous line with a knockout collection based in grunge, edge and androgyny.


Known for putting on a show, Wang made sure not to disappoint, using blasting music, a giant projection screen and pole dancers to inject the evening with an energy only the designer himself could create.

On the runway, deconstructed denim, oversized tees, pajama trousers and menswear-inspired trenches mixed with silk lingerie maxi dresses, skintight leather pants and his signature dose of sportswear (think basketball jersey weaves, clean white hoodies and the ever-trendy fashion sneak). Though we’re sorry to say there will be no return to Balenciaga for Wang next year, we’re excited to see what he’ll be doing with the free time.

Shop: current season Alexander Wang

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The Best Trends from the 2015 Tonys | Nordstrom Fashion Office Picks


Tony Awards red carpet: Vanessa Axente & Joseph Altuzarra 

Nordstrom Fashion Office Women’s Apparel Director, Marie Ivanoff-Smith shares her favorite trends from the red carpet at the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.



“The way to wear sexy this season is by bringing attention to the shoulders. It was embraced by Bella Hadid looking flawless and minimal in Prabal Gurung while Amanda Seyfried exuded feminity in her Oscar de la Renta brocade dress.”—Marie

SHOP: Strapless Dresses | Off the Shoulder Dresses

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New York vs. Paris with Designer Joseph Altuzarra

We’re used to hearing about how designers are caught between seasons; at any given time they’re sketching for one time of year, selecting models to walk a runway for another, and getting sales and marketing reports for a third. But some designers live in between geographic locations as well. For example Joseph Altuzarra. The designer was born in Paris, worked with Marc Jacobs and Proenza Schouler in America, and then Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy in France before striking out on his own and settling down—and getting married—in New York City.

Image by Simon Cave, courtesy Joseph Altuzarra

Of course, who could choose just one city or the other—and why would they want to? There’s a time and place for everything, and we had the designer tell us exactly what that means for him. Keep reading for city-specific thoughts on baked goods, the ballet (he studied and performed for many years), perfect looks from his spring collection (but of course!)and more.

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Street Style: Tasia at Cavalli

Tasia’s look is all about femininity and texture. Texture is one of the top themes of the year and this modern embroidery evokes springtime lace. Updated utilitarian coats are an emerging trend, and I love Tasia’s khaki number. Thigh-high boots are obviously still numero uno in the footwear scene, and unique handbags are rounding out the top purse trends, as well.

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Utility Jackets | Over-the-Knee Boots | Embroidered Tops

Shop our Editors’ Picks to re-create this look:

Maison Scotch Twill Jacket| Steve Madden Over-the-Knee Boot | Joie Embroidered Top

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Fashion Week Journal for Sunday, February 15


Images by Jessica Carter

At the bar at the Wes Anderson-ready Bowery HotelChristine Whitney, senior fashion news and features editor at Harper’s Bazaar, took out her iPhone, opened up the calendar and started counting.

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New York Fashion Week: February 14

Highlights and commentary from yesterday’s New York Fashion Week runway shows: Alexander Wang takes grown-up goth to the next level, Altuzarra shows us how sensual menswear-inspired silhouettes can be and Herve Leger celebrates 30 years of the bandage dress with vampy new takes on the iconic classic.


Alexander Wang

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