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Target Guest Designer Altuzarra, Explained

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Altuzarra for Target sails into stores (and online) September 14th, a little less than three weeks from now. Despite being lauded within the fashion industry, Joseph Altuzarra isn't exactly a blockbuster designer name (metric of distinction: compare the number of rap lyrics containing Alexander Wang, who's teaming up with H&M on a collection this fall, versus Altuzarra. Or text your mom and see if she knows who he is, we'll wait).

So who is this handsome fashion darling who's going in on a major collab with one of the biggest cost-conscious retailers? All the vital details, after the jump.


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Born in Paris, Altuzarra moved to New York after college to intern at Marc Jacobs. A freelance position at Proenza Schouler followed before he returned to France to act as first assistant to Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci. Altuzarra launched his namesake line in 2008 with 15 pieces, and debuted on the runway for spring 2010.


Looks from the designer's spring 2010, spring 2013, and fall 2014 runway shows. Photos: Getty Images

"Modern, sexy, seductive" are the words the brand uses to define itself, translating to plenty of body-skimming pencil skirts, riffs on undone button-ups, and a slew of supremely sexy shoes.


The man loves a thigh-high slit. Nicole Kidman at the Cannes Film Festival; Lea Michelle at the Met Gala; Naomi Watts at an Oscar party. Photos: Getty Images

Early fans included Carine Roitfeld, then-EIC of Vogue Paris and no stranger to a thigh-high slit, a brand mainstay that doesn't escape its Target capsule. Further admiration from the industry has come in the form of a number of awards, including a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund prize in 2011 and the 2012 Swarovski Award for Womenswear Design. In 2014, the designer took home the CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year Award. It's worth noting that Target and the CFDA are closely linked: The retailer is the lead underwriter for the organization's new-ish Fashion Incubator program.

The Fashion Fund prize back in 2011 landed the designer a seven-piece J.Crew collab, which hit stores the following spring. He was also commissioned to design costumes for the New York City Ballet.


Altuzarra for Target looks.

Come September 14th, the collab will be available in Target stores, on Target.com, and on Net-a-Porter. The collection is comprised of 50 pieces, priced between $18 and $90. That top price point includes a killer trench coat, available in military green and black. Other highlights include a pencil skirt with his trademark slit ($35) and a pair of over-the-knee boots ($80). There's also a heavy dose of python print in the offerings—aspiring Sofia Vergaras take note.

· Everything Altuzarra Designed for Target Is Under $100 [Racked]