And a trip to Disneyland is not in his immediate future.
“We’re going to work on pre-fall,” said Altuzarra, after receiving his award Tuesday night at Industria Superstudio in New York. “I’m really stunned. Obviously, I’m very happy. It’s been an incredibly fun project.” Altuzarra and the other finalists (representing 10 companies in total) stood in a room at the awards ceremony with models wearing their innovative designs made of wool.
“This was a little bit like ‘Project Runway,’” said Daniel Vosovic, one of the finalists, who happened to be the first runner-up on season two of the reality TV show, and the winner of “Project Runway All Stars.”
Altuzarra described his winning design as “an amalgamation of a lot of things.” He said he designed a cardigan jacket with different elements transforming into each other. There was a needle-punching illusion of one fabric becoming the next. “It makes it look like it was all transformed into different states. There’s lots of experimentation,” he said about the garment, which was a dusty pink merino wool cashmere jacket with peplum front and needle-punched shoulders and a dusty pink felted wool skirt with needle-punched side seams.
Altuzarra said he wasn’t nervous going before the panel of judges. “I enjoyed going in. It’s always enjoyable when you’re presenting something you’re proud of. It went beyond working with wool in developing new techniques.”
Alexander Wang, one of the judges, said choosing Altuzarra “was a decision we felt very comfortable with.” Wang said he was impressed with “his whole presentation, his focus and point of view and his intent in creating something 100 percent merino wool and expressing it in a completely new spectrum and giving it a new identity.”
Another judge, Colleen Sherin, senior fashion director for Saks Fifth Avenue, added, “What was really interesting is we saw 10 very talented designers. I was impressed with the professionalism and how organized it was. We all agreed in the end, but it could have been a close call.” Sherin called Altuzarra’s collection “the perfect blend of commercialism and avant-garde.” She said that Saks already stocks his collection, “and he is a designer we very much believe in.”
Altuzarra, who celebrates his 30th birthday today, will compete for the International Woolmark Prize, which is awarded next February during Milan Fashion Week. Each of the regional winners (from the U.S., Europe, India, China and Australia) will participate in the international contest, where the winner will receive $100,000 in underwriting their next fashion show and have his or her designs carried by leading global retailers such as Saks in the U.S., Harvey Nichols in the U.K., 10 Corso Como in Italy, Joyce in China, Eickoff in Germany and David Jones in Australia.
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)