29 posts tagged "A.P.C."
A.P.C.’s raison d’être is denim; its new guiding spirit is Vanessa Seward. The former Azzaro designer focused on cocktail dresses for her capsule collection for the label, but now that the collaboration is continuing into the future, she’s applying herself to the house’s bread and butter, too. Her second capsule collection for A.P.C., for Spring ’13, includes her first takes on denim, in exclusively high-waisted styles. Given the cuts of her skirts and trousers, A.P.C.’s traditionally steely raw denim wasn’t an option. A suppler version keeps the goods wearable, and during a preview, founder Jean Touitou peered inside a waistband to reveal one of the collection’s secrets: expandable chain stitching to prevent any potential disagreements between fabric and the human form.
“It’s good for me because my life is changing,” Seward said last week at the New York leg of A.P.C.’s 25th anniversary party tour. “I was always in cocktail dresses and high heels. Now I’m a mother of a 2-year-old and I have a different life. I’m now obsessed with a type of casual chicness.” She’ll have more time to ply said obsession. “We started off to do one collection; then we said, OK, let’s do two.” She added, “Now I’m working on the third one.”
A.P.C. x Vanessa Seward denim arrives at A.P.C. stores early next year.
This week, Marina Larroudé rounded up some of the best coats and boots of the season. But as last week’s snowstorm reminded us, sometimes you need more than just outerwear. Update your cold-weather accessories with fur-trimmed scarves, gloves, and earmuffs from Miu Miu, Rachel Zoe, A.P.C., and more. With these—and the temperatures they’re forecasting—this may be a season to reverse Coco Chanel’s famous dictum: Before leaving the house, put one more on.
1. Miu Miu scarf, $1,050, available at www.mytheresa.com
2. Rachel Zoe gloves, $250, available at www.bloomingdales.com
3. Karl Donoghue earmuffs, $150, available at www.netaporter.com
4. Gareth Pugh clutch, $907, available at www.farfetch.com
5. A.P.C. boots, $575, available at www.ssense.com
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Over the past 25 years, A.P.C. chief Jean Touitou has built an empire on what he calls “boring” fashion: “It’s only clothes,” he says, “but that’s what it’s about.” Every Parisienne worth her A.P.C. trench would agree, starting with Vanessa Seward: In the designer’s first season at the company, she asked not for a paycheck but for clothes. “Working with Jean is like being at home; I always try on the whole collection. It’s totally utilitarian Rive Gauche,” said Seward as her husband, musician/composer/producer Bertrand Burgalat, took command of the turntables. “My dream is to be dressed in A.P.C. and Valentino, but as I can’t afford Valentino I buy their shoes and the rest is A.P.C. or vintage.” Her success in her current gig has been such that Touitou is considering expanding her purview from her capsule collection to the regular line in seasons ahead.
The crowd at the freshly redone, Laurent Deroo-designed label HQ in the sixth arrondissement to toast the anniversary was a cultural mash-up of photographers (von Unwerth), publishers, artists (Sophie Calle), fashion folk (two Le-Tans, André Saraiva, Victoire de Castellane, Inès de la Fressange, Caroline de Maigret, Lanvin’s Elie Top), and music-world tastemakers. A noted music lover, Touitou (pictured above, with revelers) got on board with rap early on; the A.P.C. site features 26 self-produced music compilations and the in-house recording studio is open to staff and friends. Hence the presence of Metronomy band members, Jarvis Cocker, and Kanye West. As he scanned the remarkably laid-back, hysteria-free crowd, Touitou remarked, “Nowhere else in Paris do you find this. This is A.P.C.”
If you’ve got beach plans penciled in for tomorrow’s holiday and you are looking for a last-minute outfit, you have come to the right place. Get festive with a red, white, and blue Lisa Marie Fernandez striped bathing suit paired with an easy A.P.C. shift dress and studded Balenciaga sandals. For more Fourth of July-ready essentials, click here.
1. A.P.C. dress, $290, available at www.lagarconne.com
2. Marc Jacobs tote, $248, available at www.marcjacobs.com
3. Essie Aruba Blue nail polish, $8, available at www.dermstore.com
4. Lisa Marie Fernandez bathing suit, $550, available at www.netaporter.com
5. Balenciaga sandals, $515, available at www.yoox.com
6. Jimmy Choo sunglasses, $275, available at www.nordstrom.com
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