Introducing Altu, a New Collection of Genderful Fashion From Joseph Altuzarra

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At the Met Gala in September, Troye Sivan wore a bicep cuff from the Leather Man, a diamond Cartier necklace, and a scoop-front tank dress that limned his narrow frame by a label no one had ever heard of called Altu.

Men in skirts aren’t the breaking news they once were, and dudes in dresses have become a fairly common sight on red carpets; Marc Jacobs sported a black lace Comme des Garçons shirtdress with cheeky white boxers at the Met way back in 2012. But Sivan’s tank dress was different. It wasn’t a bid “not to be boring,” as Jacobs said of his dress at the time; Sivan’s stretchy dress was designed to seduce. “I just wanted to be hot,” he told Vogue’s livestream host Keke Palmer. And hot Sivan was.

As debuts go, it was as viral as it gets—Sivan has 12.2 million Instagram followers—but Altu isn’t quite the unknown element we thought it was on that September night. New York’s Joseph Altuzarra—he of the side-slit pencil skirts and Kamala Harris pantsuits—is the designer behind the new collection of “genderful” clothes. Genderful, he says, because he doesn’t like the “negation of gender expression that comes with the word genderless or gender neutral. For me,” he adds, “genderful is a very positive word. It acknowledges a kind of plurality of identity and I think it feels playful.”

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