ALEXANDRA JACOBS GOES SHOPPING:

Retro Redux Edition

FRENCH IMPORTS:

Maison Kitsuné Makes Its American Debut

COLLABORATION ANTICIPATION:

Altuzarra Kicks Off J.Crew's CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Team Ups

AltuzarraJcrewNYTimesWe could probably write about a different designer collaboration every day here at The Shophound, but Joseph Atuzarra's capsule collection for J.Crew, which will be available to order tomorrow and appear in the lower Fifth Avenue mega-flagship on Monday, is of a particular sort. It isn't an initiative between the designer and the retailer to create interest, but a prize awarded by the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund to the winner and runners up of its annual grant. This year it is winner Altuzzara who gets the honor of kicking off the series with a French Riviera-inspired collection that adapts his own sensibility to J.Crew's sporty offerings instead of simply replicating his own label at a lower price point. “J. Crew stands for that very American idea of prep, but I thought it would be cool to do something inspired by Bardot and St.-Tropez,” the designer tells The New York Times. “It’s very Jean Seberg. There’s the idea of Breton sweaters, denim skirts and what you would wear on the French Riviera.”

The seven piece collection will include gingham dresses and sailor striped sweaters. Runners up Pamela Love and Creatures of the Wind will have similar collections available in June and July, repeating last year's offerings from Billy Reid, Prabal Gurung and Eddie Borgo. Though Antonio Azzuolo and Carlos Campos were among the finalists for the prize coveted among young designers, there were no menswear designers in the final three. To make up for this, The Gap, which once hosted collections from the CFDA/Vogue winners, will be presenting its own capsules from GQ's Best New Menswear Designer finalists later this year.

So really, between these lines and regular offerings from Macy's, H&M, Uniqlo and any number of other stores and brands, at this point, a person could dress him or herself entirely in designer collaborations all the time. Doesn't sound like a bad thing to us.

UPDATE:
The Cut has a slide show of the entire Altuzarra capsule collection. Click HERE.

Front Row: The Preppy Sets Sail in the Riviera By Eric Wilson (NYTimes)
The Latest J.Crew CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Collaborations—and How to Wear Them (Vogue.com)
Previously:
GQ's Best New Menswear Designers For 2012 Will Collaborate With The Gap (2/23/2012)

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