In a news release Friday, Jeffrey Fashion Cares announced Joseph Altuzarra, fashion designer and winner of the 2011 CFDA/Vogue Annual Fund and Fashion Group International Rising Star of the Year, will be featured as the special guest designer at the 20th anniversary charitable fete Aug. 27. Altuzarra joins past notable guest designers including Oscar de la Renta, Jason Wu, Isaac Mizrahi, and Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler in support of Jeffrey Fashion Cares, which over the past 19 years has become one of the largest combined AIDS and breast cancer benefits in the country having raised approximately $10 million.
“Joseph Altuzarra is one of the most talented young designers today and we are honored that he will be our guest designer this year!” said Jeffrey Kalinsky, renowned retailer, host and founder of Jeffrey Fashion Cares.
From a broad multi-cultural experience and from training with vanguardNew Yorkdesigners in a French couture house, Joseph Altuzarra has forged his own distinctive voice. Since its inception in 2008, his namesake brand ALTUZARRA, which he launched when he was only 25, has received critical acclaim and support from industry critics and consumers alike. The Paris-born designer who has worked with the likes of Marc Jacobs Studio, Proenza Schouler and even collaborated with J.Crew has quickly become known for his trademark body-conscious, flattering and feminine clothing. Earning numerous accolades for his talent, imagination and vision, Altuzarra was recently awarded the first prize for the coveted 2011 CFDA/Vogue Annual Fund. Additionally, he has been recognized as the Fashion Group International Rising Star of the Year, Out 100 Vanguard of the Year, received the Ecco Domani Award, and was featured in Forbes 30 Under 30.
The 20th anniversary of Jeffrey Fashion Cares will once again benefit the Atlanta AIDS Fund, which funds HIV/AIDS projects in the metropolitan area and Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s greater Atlantaaffiliate that provides grants to grassroots organizations fighting breast cancer. Last year’s sold-out event raised more than $630,000 with 91 cents out of every dollar going to the beneficiaries. The event will be held at the American Cancer Society Center, conveniently located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, and will feature a pre-show cocktail reception, fashion show, silent and live auctions, and an official after-party at Opera.
Information: (404) 420-2997 or visit www.jeffreyfashioncares.com.