French ready-to-wear brand A.P.C. and former Azzaro creative director, Vanessa Seward, team up to make an enchanted casual wear capsule collection of flowy prints and well-tailored shiny lamé basics.
While A.P.C.’s Jean Touitou is known for implementing well-fitted street smart, utilitarian designs, Seward’s aesthetic is feminine and most often associated with eveningwear. While their approach to styling maybe on polar opposites of the fashion scale, this collaboration finds a seamless balance of both glamour and casual wear.
The collections seamlessness is evident that there was some serious editing, as Touitou is known for having a strong dislike for fast-fashion chains and for any look that looks like it tried to hard to come about. The end result is a great collection with staples that will easily accompany any type of wardrobe.
The red and blue cloverleaf motif printed silk dresses can be found in a mandarin ruffled collar, or in a very Alexa Chung-esque white high collared and cuffed version.
In addition to the dresses, the skirt and cuffed shirt make excellent separates that can be paired with denim.
The lamé pieces come in two colors of rosy beige and steel blue. The tunics’ designs are wide-necked pieces with clean, minimalist tailoring, but the shininess of the lame gives it a glamorous appeal. The same fabric, colors and tailoring can be found in shorts, skirts, and pleated combishorts.
The chiffon lame dresses and blouse have a nice, understated timeless glamour that will work seasons from now.
The Mandarin collar dress and the Dejellaba dress both feature a straight cut that can be belted—a style that can be worn by many body types. The Dejellba’s blouse form does just the same.
Simple vintage accessories such as chain link bracelet and necklace and patent leather T-bar shoes also accompany the collection.
The pieces are already available and can be found at apc.fr. The prices range from $120 to $810 and according to Harper’s Baazar UK, Seward and A.P.C. already plan to make another Summer 2013 line.