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Workwear has always been at the core of Joseph Altuzarra’s brand. His clients, he says, are women who work, and they love his flattering nipped blazers, pencil skirts, and easy dresses for their polish and effortless sex appeal.
His yen towards workwear is thanks in part to his mom. “My mom worked throughout my entire childhood and I remember her dressing for work,” Altuzarra said. “She was a big Armani customer, that was her thing, so suits.”
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For his 2018 resort collection, the designer leaned all the way in to workwear as inspiration, drawing from classic ’80s career flicks like Working Girl and American Psycho. But instead of sharp-shouldered power suits and sneakers, he turned out relaxed separates to mix and match…
stretchy knit dresses…
and reworked men’s workwear staples like the trench coat and the white button down.
“It’s been interesting to see the evolution of how office wear is interpreted by women,” Altuzarra said. “I think it used to be, the more masculine you dressed, the more seriously you’d be taken. And I think that’s changed quite a lot. I think a lot of the daywear we work on is thinking about what would a woman feel comfortable in any setting, including work.”
And that includes flats—every resort look was styled with Oxfords or mules or lace-up sandals. “I don’t think women are that into heels anymore, which is great,” Altuzarra adds. Agreed!
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