When we first saw the teaser for Joseph Altuzarra’s upcoming line for Target, we knew it would be unlike any other collaboration that the retailer has done. In the short video clip, which featured supermodel Eva Herzigova in a silky black cami set and a lace mask, the vibe felt more "Carine Roitfeld" than "casual shopper" — but that’s just how the designer planned it.
"It was very important to me that it feel very genuine and authentic — very 'Altuzarra,'" the designer said at a preview of his Target collection on Wednesday night. While Altuzarra's signature aesthetic is definitely sexier than retailer's usual offering, he tells us that he didn't have to change his vision in order to create a final product he was proud of. "I used my considerable charms to get the slit skirt to not be less slit," he said. "There’s a sensuality and seductiveness. In the past, Target collections have been younger, a bit more girly and very happy, and in our case, we wanted it to be sophisticated — a bit more grown up."
Much like his ready-to-wear collections, Altuzarra's Target range puts a sharp focus on tailoring, fit, rich-looking patterns (snake skin!) and embroidery techniques, and the designer had the same customer in mind while creating both. "We are interested in a seductive, sexy woman," he said. "She's unapologetic and in a lot of ways, and likes to feel desired." Those who want to introduce the designer's aesthetic into their wardrobes through the Target collection, Altuzarra suggests picking up one of the Romanian blouses, a pair of velvet trousers, the well-cut black tuxedo jacket or, his personal favorite, a skirt with a thigh-high slit.
While it's one of his signatures, Altuzarra admits that it can be pretty tricky to navigate a slit skirt without feeling exposed, especially if you're new to wearing the style. "There’s an art to [getting out of a taxi]. I think you are supposed to hold your skirt down as you’re pivoting out of the car," Altuzarra noted. Keep this in mind as you shop the collection, which hits Target stores, Target.com and Net-A-Porter on Sept. 14. Prices range between $18 and $90.