"Jeffrey [Kalinsky] has a talent for finding emerging young designers,"
said an enthusiastic
Jeffrey Fashion Chair, when I asked her feelings about this year's special guest designer.
At just 28 years old, he's interned for Marc Jacobs, freelanced for Proenza Schouler and worked under Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy.
In 2011 he won the CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund and on
Atlanta is very proud to host French born, NY based designer,
"It was really about mixing it" said Altuzarra about his Fall 2012 Collection. And mixing, flawlessly, he did.
Inspired by Italian comic hero
, Altuzarra's collection, like the
character, traveled through Moroccan, Indian and French culture.
The global "mix" also came by way of textiles and embellishments. This is where Altuzarra exemplifies artistic genius. He masterfully, never losing sight of balance, proportion and sex appeal, married a plethora of riches.
There were pencil skirts and velvet jackets. Silk cargo pants paired with horsehead-motif sweaters. [His version of] the little black dress, structured and very French. Naval inspired coats in Mongolian lamb and fur...
Chic, leather, thigh-high boots added an edgy sophistication to the runway looks.
And finally, embroidery, Moroccan carpet patterns, patchworks, fringe and dangling coins added to the many layers of an already brilliant and complex collection.
View Altuzarra Fall 2012 Collection:
Photos: Marcio Madeira/firstVIEW
*The 20th anniversary of
Jeffrey Fashion Cares
will once again benefit the
, which funds HIV/AIDS projects in the metropolitan area and
that provides grants to grassroots organizations fighting breast cancer. Last year’s sold-out event raised more than $630,000 with 91 cents out of every dollar going to the beneficiaries. The event will be held at the American Cancer Society Center, conveniently located in the heart of Downtown Atlanta, and will feature a pre-show cocktail reception, fashion show, silent and live auctions, and an official after-party.
**For more information and tickets, please visit