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Abstract Art and Ancient Rome Meet for Apiece Apart’s Resort Debut

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aa-resortFor their debut Resort collection at Apiece Apart, designers Laura Cramer and Starr Hout stuck to their earthy utilitarian core. “She may just be the woman who is in one place but looking to travel through the clothing,” Cramer said of the contemporary they envisioned sliding into their wide-legged cropped silk trousers; Peruvian-woven sleeved ponchos; and jacquard printed, midi-length column skirts and matching printed crop tops.

In other words, the Apiece Apart Resort woman isn’t so much a Capri-bound jet-setter as a very busy but imaginative careerist dreaming of a life that includes the solitude of Capri moments—and because she never quite leaves her commitment-filled existence in Brooklyn or Seattle or wherever she may be, there’s a practicality that underlines the base of her between-season attire. The (as usual) print-heavy collection was inspired by Cy Twombly’s studio in Rome in the 1960s. “I think it was something about the kind of archaic, beautiful classical columns meeting something really fresh and abstract [in Twombly's work],” explained Cramer. “So the new meets the old, and the decadent meets the really put-together. We had a lot of ideas of ‘who is this woman on the streets of Rome?’”

Circular, deep maroon and warm navy geometric prints were pulled from the tiles in Twombly’s studio and placed on column-shaped (direct references to the classical Roman architecture) dresses and midi skirts. Cotton and cotton blends dominated the range. (“Our woman likes to wash her pieces herself,” quipped Cramer). Denim was also a focus—a simple, collarless shirtdress with a clean, three-quarter-length sleeve is proving a big seller with buyers already. (“Just a more grown-up look for a shirtdress,” noted Cramer.) Cloudy sky blue denim separates—more column skirts and oversize, almost sculptural shirts in cuts appropriate for the office—were enviable for their wearability, as well. “We want to go very democratic. We do want to be for everyone, and we’ve always said intergenerational dressing is very important to us,” said Cramer. There’s nothing overtly conceptual here—just simple, creative professional prints and chambray basics—but that’s never the focus for Cramer and Hout.

Photo: Courtesy of Apiece Apart

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