36 posts tagged "A.P.C."
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.
Having made his name on some of the planet’s best jeans, A.P.C. founder Jean Touitou is expanding into the glamour business. In December, he tapped former Azzaro designer Vanessa Seward for a capsule collection of high-end womenswear that the two will debut in Paris during the upcoming fashion week. All this as he continues to expand his global retail empire: He was in New York last week to preside over the opening of his third NYC store, in the West Village, before jetting to L.A. to continue his search for space. At A.P.C.’s Soho showroom, Touitou sat down with Style.com to discuss the things he won’t do (red-carpet dressing, celebrity shilling, open in Abu Dhabi), the things he will (keep his clothes largely logo-free), and why everybody should stop dressing like a rock star already.
A.P.C.’s West Village store is open now at 267 W. 4th St., NYC, (212) 755-2523.
During Paris fashion week, you’ll show your upcoming capsule collection with Vanessa Seward. Will it be an ongoing collaboration?
We’ve been thinking about it a lot. It’s a lot of work, and it’s too [much] for us. So I’m really happy I did that, but I think it’s going to be one thing. I might have the will to do more, to ask my studio to do more—it’s delicate—feminine pieces. Because our trademark for women is a bit of frigidity of design. Don’t get me wrong—it’s an idea of frigidity.
It’s a strictness.
It’s a strictness, which I believe is sexy, but you might want to play with sexiness in a different way, like the way we did with Vanessa. And maybe when it’s over, maybe we’ll continue to have some dresses like this. Continue Reading “The Dos And Don’ts of A.P.C.’s Jean Touitou” »
Actors And “Real Men” To Hit The Runway At Menswear Shows, A.P.C. X Tooshie, Hugo Boss Prize Winners Announced, And More…-------
Real men, including actors and “personalities from the worlds of fashion, art, and business,” are set to have a moment in the limelight at the menswear shows this season. Brioni is reportedly using models and personalities in its still-life presentation, and several movie stars, including Adrien Brody, are set to walk in Prada’s runway show. [WWD]
On February 7, Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld will kick off fashion week with a new exhibition from Ouattara Watts. The New York-based painter’s exhibition will run through February 19. [Hint]
French swimwear line Tooshie has partnered with A.P.C. to create an 11-piece capsule collection that includes powder blue trunks for men and one-pieces for women. “I like the idea of an eccentric print on a very simple bathing suit,” says A.P.C.’s designer, Jean Touitou. [T]
Richard Armstrong, director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, and Claus-Dietrich Lahrs, chairman and CEO of Hugo Boss, have announced the ninth biennial Hugo Boss Prize 2012 finalists. The six artists, nominated for creating work that makes a significant contribution to contemporary art, are: Trisha Donnelly, Rashid Johnson, Monika Sosnowska, Danh Vo, Tris Vonna-Michell, and Qiu Zhijie. [Hugo Boss]
In the age of smartphones and iPads, it seems most people have turned their calendars into an entirely digital affair. Yet, there’s something to be said for having an actual—not virtual—agenda to look at in your home or at the office. And hey, if the annual buzz that surrounds the Pirelli calendar is any indication, then paper versions are still very much alive. If you didn’t happen to get your hands on Mario Sorrenti’s project for Pirelli, or if your prefer a more PG option for your kitchen, we’ve scoped out a few chic alternatives to pick up before January 1. See our picks (above), including the A.P.C. five-year calendar (on sale already because 2011 is over) and a chic hand-stamped octopus calendar from Connor.
From top left to right: Style Calendar 2012, $27, available at www.colette.fr; Smythson diary, $141, available at www.colette.fr; A.P.C. Five-Year Datebook 2011-2015, $80, available at USonline.apc.fr; Art of Warhol wall calendar, $14.99, available at Momastore.org; Connor 2012 Octopus calendar (center), $135, available at www.barneys.com.
Proenza Schouler On The Hunt For Its First Retail Space, Louis Vuitton’s Spring ’12 Ad Campaign Revealed, Vanessa Seward X A.P.C., And More…-------
Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez are set to open their first Proenza Schouler retail space next year. Reportedly, they have their eyes on a Madison Avenue space. [WWD]
Louis Vuitton’s new Spring ’12 campaign is very pretty in pink. The Steven Meisel-lensed ads feature Daria Strokous and Kati Nescher in “candy-colored shifts, pastel suits with white-lace collars, and powdered croc bags.” [Hint]
In other Louis Vuitton news, the house has collaborated with La Fabrique du Temps on a new 18-karat white gold timepiece. The Tambour Minute Repeater displays “one time while being able, upon request, to chime an alternative ‘home’ time.” [Nowness]
Vanessa Seward, the former creative director of Azzaro, has created a capsule collection for A.P.C. The collection is set to launch in Paris during fashion week this spring. [WWD]