Let me start by admitting that I don't usually consume fashion for breakfast, especially not at 8:30am on a cold NYC morning... but when Barneys invite me to an exclusive chat with their new fashion director Amanda Brooks and one of the hottest new designers Joseph Altuzarra, I show up.
A double dose of coffee and a few mini fruit tarts later, I was ready to absorb Altuzarra's humble and honest talk about his fast trijectory at the fashion industry, from a design intern at the Marc Jacobs studio, to Riccardo Tisci's assistant at Givenchy and finally a CFDA finalist with his own line.
It was surprising to hear this young man talking about the sexiness of the new generation of older women, such as Meryl Streep and Diane Keaton, who inspire his clothes. Tailoring for that generation, Altuzarra takes into consideration some of the concerns women face when they age, and works on turning them into the shapes that make women feel confident and sexy in their bodies.
While listening to Altuzarra, I couldn't take my eyes off Amanda Brooks' white trench from his Spring 2011 collection, flawlessly fitted and luxurious looking - an epitome of what a Spring staple piece should look like. The trench is definitely filed in my "It" folder, along with its creator, whose vision is so inspiring and mature, it gives me hope more designers will stop making clothes for the 25-year old models and look at the women around them for inspiration.