Altuzarra Bails on New York Fashion Week in Favor of Paris
So long, farewell.
For the spring 2018 season, Joseph Altuzarra and his eponymous label are ditching New York Fashion Week in favor of Paris — not unlike Rodarte, Proenza Schouler, Monique Lhuillier and most recently, Thom Browne, who have also flown the NYFW coop.
According to a release, "This move reinforces Altuzarra's brand identity and signals its intention to accelerate its international growth."
Added the designer, "I was born and raised in Paris and the city holds a very deep personal significance for me. This has been a dream of mine since the very beginning and now the time feels right. I am honored to be invited by La Federation de la Haute Couture et de la Mode to show in my hometown of Paris."
Though he launched his label stateside in New York in 2008, the designer was born and raised in Paris; he was educated at Swarthmore college in Pennsylvania and interned in New York, but also worked under Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy in Paris. His close ties to the city as well as his desire to grow the global audience for his brand, which counts Zendaya, Salma Hayek and Emily Ratajkowski as fans, make the move an understandable one.
Despite what seems like en exodus en masse, there have been a few designers who have returned to the Big Apple after a brief stint in Paris, including Public School and Rihanna, who announced that she'll show her latest Fenty x Puma collection at NYFW in September.