There’s something magical about this season’s New York Fashion Week that is palpable, even for us watching it play out from a laptop screen. The city of New York and its inhabitants were badly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, and this new season seemed to indicate that the city has been enveloped by a stirring sense of optimism, and a desire to celebrate all the things that makes the city so great. This is going hand-in-hand with the impending 2021 Met Gala, theme: ‘In America: The Lexicon of Fashion’, which will celebrate the past, present, and future of American design.
How fitting then that Joseph Altuzarra—one of the most important American designers working today—returned to his native New York for spring summer ‘22. Altuzarra has shown on the Paris Fashion Week schedule since 2017, but the restrictions of the pandemic drove him home, where he has been for the last 18 months. “It wasn’t easy, especially with the anti-Asian violence, but I felt this intense kinship with New York; I wanted to be part of the rebuilding or rebirth,”