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July 14 2014

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Jump on It

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Men's jumpsuits from Balmain, Raf Simons, and Hermes

The menswear shows wrapped in Paris last weekend, and while Couture is already well under way, we’d like to briefly revisit the boys’ runways to highlight a noteworthy new trend: the gentleman’s jumpsuit. The unexpected, utilitarian outfits popped up left and right in Paris, providing a sharp contrast to the season’s explosive floral prints. At Hermès, Véronique Nichanian (who is celebrating her twenty-fifth year at the house) offered a collared steel-gray onesie—complete with a matching skinny belt and cargo pockets on the chest. A.P.C.‘s Jean Touitou also submitted a slate-dyed jumpsuit, though his option looked tougher—a more macho spin on the silhouette.

At his eponymous label, Raf Simons afforded his spin on the look: a male romper. In hues of plum, malachite, and black, the wares—some of which were complemented by barbershop-stripe belts—were quintessentially the designer’s own, and artfully challenging.

And finally, Olivier Rousteing turned out multiple hard-edged takes on the jumpsuit—in denim, leather, and jersey—for his naval-inspired Balmain collection. The style might take some getting used to, but some of these one-pieces have the potential to be pretty darn masculine (“Greased Lightning,” anyone?). And, given the industry clout of the above, the term “suiting” might have a whole new meaning by the time Spring rolls around.

Photos :Courtesy of Balmain; Marcus Tondo/ InDigital/ GoRunway (Raf Simons); Marcus Tondo/ InDigital/ GoRunway (Hermes)

Waist Management

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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.

Photo: Ezra Petronio/Courtesy of A.P.C.

Shop the Look: That’s A Wrap

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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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Photos: Courtesy Photo

Ending Paris Fashion Week On A Dropped Beat

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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.”

Photo: Courtesy of A.P.C.

A.P.C. X Nike: A Shoe-In

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Last night, A.P.C. toasted its newest Nike footwear collaboration (the brand’s first-ever line of unisex footwear) at its East London store. The capsule collection, which launched worldwide on the A.P.C. Web site today, includes the Nike Dunk and the Nike Air Max. The Nike classics got the usual A.P.C. make-under—a little more sleek and a lot more chic.

The French brand’s founder, Jean Touitou, was quick to add that it was not the sporting life (nor Olympic/Paralympic fever in London) that inspired him to do trainers. “Not for a quarter of a second,” he told Style.com as the party quickly picked up, turning into another epic A.P.C. party that spilled into the Shoreditch streets. “I can tell you that I like lazy, amateur sport. I hate contests—it breaks your bones, too.” Luckily, these look more fit for the sidelines (a.k.a., the front row at the runway shows). Who, of his large celebrity fan base, does he suspect will be sporting these soon? “I would not know! I do fashion, not psychiatry.” He added, “I’m not a cult leader, either. I just try make nice things and I have no clue of who’s going use it. I’m really not that obsessive.” Re: cult leader, we might beg to differ.

Photo: Courtesy Photo