30 posts tagged "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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A.P.C. has sprouted a couple new projects recently that continue to grow for next spring. One is its swimwear collaboration with Tooshie; the other is Louis W., a capsule collection of leather jackets by one of the label’s designers, Louis Wong. At this point, it’s more about “the spirit of leather” than about a game-changing look, Wong told Style.com in A.P.C.’s Paris showroom this weekend.
His first collection, which is made almost entirely of deerskin and hits stores in October, channeled the cop heroes of seventies policiers. Wong is feeling the caress of glove leather for next spring, too, but this time the references are more American: Think Top Gun and Easy Rider. Louis W. will likely be sold in places where A.P.C. is not, which will allow the clothes (if not also their designer) to gain some separation from the main line. Already Wong has been exploring textures and ideas (not to mention price points) that might be a bit off-limits to A.P.C. “With leather, I prefer the perfect object, everything really refined. With knitwear, I like the rough aspect,” he explained.
It was the perfect segue to A.P.C.’s Spring collection, which injects a Warhol-era graphic quality into the label’s minimalist knits and workwear. Applied to stiff gabardine, a blue leopard print is also vaguely blue-collar—”anti-glamour,” as Wong put it. You wouldn’t say that about a lamb leather Louis W. jacket that’s got the color and feel of butter. And that seems to be the point.
Designers have increasingly taken to using videos to share their latest collections, so in response, Style.com launched its first-ever Video Fashion Week last season. Today marks the start of the second VFW, beginning with Markus Lupfer. Click here to read the review, see the complete collection, and watch his new video. Coming up, expect to see films from Creatures of Comfort, Sophomore, Rogan, A.P.C., Madewell, and more. Check back daily throughout the week.
Native Parisians have had their hands (and streets) full this week during the Paris collections, when a tide of editors, stylists, celebrities, and assorted hangers-on flooded into town for the shows. The season wraps up today, and when the pros head home, the Parisians will have a reward to look forward to: the epic, 15th anniversary Carnaval that Colette is setting up in the Tuileries, the first branded, public event ever held in the gardens. Barring a private party on Saturday night, the full slate of booths, games, and activities is open to one and all. The participants include:
—A.P.C., which will shoot you into its new ad campaign
—Maison Michel, which is bringing a photo booth, and hats to wear into it
—Olympia Le-Tan, who will take your temperature with her pharmacy-kit purses
—Nike, which is setting up a basketball court for three-on-three games
— Carhartt, which is organizing a rifle-shooting stand
— A Bathing Ape, which is creating a kiddie pool
— Ladurée, which is cooking up a custom candy-floss-flavored macaron for the occasion
— Darcel (above), the dour blog icon (and Style.com/Print contributor), who is creating custom merchandise for the occasion, and more.
To get the full details, visit Colettecarnaval.com.
Collaboration fatigue is an affliction that’s been making the rounds among fashion folk for some time. But the collection that ex-Azzaro designer Vanessa Seward has done for A.P.C. is quite darling enough to pierce the haze. For starters, there’s the happily un-corporate, très A.P.C. way it came together. “We’ve all known each other for quite some time. Then Vanessa, how do you say, had some free time, and the will to do something with us. That was it,” explained A.P.C. founder Jean Touitou, in his usual puckish manner, at the label’s Left Bank showroom a couple days ago.
But mostly there’s the clothes, which take A.P.C.’s essential nature and give it a pretty upgrade in couture fabrics, some from the archive of storied Swiss mill Abraham. The bronze-y gold lamé, however, is a new version that’s far less itchy than the old stuff, and thanks to Touitou’s knack for navigating production, the prices are still right. A sweet pale golden jacquard lamé dress tops the line out at around $700, while a pair of hot pants in the same fabric rings in at around $325. In the navy and red floral silk, the frill-necked dress is about $590, while a flippy skirt is about $400. The capsule is tightly edited, but these seem like clothes that you can wear for seasons to come without feeling like you’re in that piece. Getting your hands on them is another issue. At least A.P.C.’s new West Village store is finally open, after a few landmark-driven delays—another place to line up.