Jessica Chastain and Anna Dello Russo Do Joseph Altuzarra

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Photography Shawn Brackbill

Published September 10, 2012

“Oh my God. This is a problem,” said Anna Dello Russo at Saturday night’s Altuzarra show. Naturally, she was referring to the torrential downpour that had much of the fashion set in a huff. “I went to the hairdresser today, but it doesn’t look like it. Humidity? Hurricane? Oh no! Terrible!” she exclaimed before taking her front-row seat.

Many show-goers, like Kate Bosworth, who turned up looking surprisingly dry in a structured cream Altuzarra frock, shared dello Russo’s sentiments. But Joseph Altuzarra is one of New York’s most lauded downtown designers. And neither rain nor sleet nor snow could stop editors and fashion fixtures from flocking to view his spring collection. “I love his refined tailoring and the way he effortlessly utilizes textures, colors, and print,” said Bosworth before taking a seat next to her new fiancé, Michael Polish. Polish, who’s looking forward to his and Bosworth’s new film project, Big Sur (now in pre-production; the film is about Jack Kerouac, obviously), seemed just as excited about New York’s fash-stravaganza as his soon-to-be-bride. “I love fashion week. I’ve always loved it! I’m just happy to have a partner now who’s in it,” he said, adding, “I can’t wait for Olivier Theyskens. He’s my guy!”

Oscar-nominated actress Jessica Chastain was a few seats down, chatting with Anna Wintour. “This is my first time doing all of New York Fashion Week,” the actress told Interview. “I’m so excited to be here because Joseph was one of the first designers I ever wore on a shoot.”

However, not all Altuzarra’s front-row stars could enjoy a leisurely eight days of show going. Actress Mamie Gummer, having just flown in from Vancouver where she’s shooting her new TV series, Emily Owens MD, could only stay in town for 24 hours. “I really apologize for bringing a monsoon with me,” she giggled. Of the designer, the actress said, “I think he’s really dynamic and very intriguing. He makes you look twice at something. You have to think about his clothes and appreciate them.”

Her description of the young talent seemed spot-on when it came to his spring collection, which featured workwear jackets and tailored skirts and frocks crafted out of striped engineer’s denim, as well as baroque saris and lots of gold and crystal embellishments. All in all, the collection, with its gold tassels and gladiator boots, was a home run. And, at the very least, Altuzarra’s famous fans will have lots to choose from when selecting looks to wear to next season’s show.