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Joseph Altuzarra Doesn’t Do Knock Offs

The designer discusses his highly anticipated collaboration with Target.


Target’s designer collaborations are known for bringing a high-end aesthetic to a mass audience, but Joseph Altuzarra wants his existing fan base—read: the luxury crowd— to enjoy his new affordable collection as well. “The Altuzarra customer is someone who shops high and low,” the designer says. “[She] may very well go to Target and buy this collection because there are a lot of relevant things for her. That’s also why I didn’t want to just knock myself off.” And knock off he did not. The brand’s signature high-slit skirts are there, as are the men’s wear-inspired staples and the modern trench, but the overall collection is purposefully different from Altuzarra’s ready-to-wear. “We’re thinking about a woman and not a girl, someone who has a very adult sensibility,” he explains. “I think a lot of women today want to look sexy and feel beautiful, but they want to do it in a way that’s not, you know, showing their cleavage.” Of course, the button-up blouses can always be undone, should the slinky fabrics, snakeskin prints, and thigh-high boots not do the trick.

Photos: Joseph Altuzarra Doesn’t Do Knock Offs

Joseph Altuzarra. Photo by Simon Cave.

Altuzarra for Target.

Altuzarra for Target.

Altuzarra for Target.

Altuzarra for Target.

Altuzarra for Target.

Altuzarra for Target.

Altuzarra for Target.

Altuzarra for Target.

Altuzarra for Target.

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