By  on May 29, 2013

In an industry obsessed with youth and the eternal chase to preserve it, Joseph Altuzarra offers an unexpected counterpoint with refreshing candor.

“I was always really interested, and still am, in this woman who is not 25 years old,” the designer said, sitting in his studio on Howard Street in New York. “She is someone who could be in her 50s, her 60s, but who hasn’t lost her desire to seduce, to feel feminine and sexy. Basically it’s someone like Carine.”

Altuzarra was referring to Carine Roitfeld, the editor and fashion stylist, who he said perfectly embodies his strong aesthetic, as do women of different age demographics like stylist Vanessa Traina Snow, another muse. The versatility — teamed with a chic Parisian sensibility; in past seasons infused with Berber and Bollywood touches and a dose of American street — contributed to Altuzarra becoming one of the hottest names on the New York fashion circuit. At 29, his star continues to rise.

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