A.P.C.'s girl never really changes, but that's what's so great about her. Celebrity fans Kim Gordon and Sofia Coppola embody the A.P.C. persona, and we couldn't help but think about both of them while inside the French label's Left Bank studio, where fall 2013 was presented by founder Jean Touitou and ongoing guest designer Vanessa Seward.
"This is my opinion about fashion right now," said the outspoken Touitou as he walked a small group of editors through the collection, which included the main line and Seward's capsule. (Read more of his random musings here.) For fall, Touitou first took on an American girl—"an Upper East Side, fancy American lawyer"—who wears chunky white sneakers to work with tights and skirt, slipping on heels once she hits the office carpet. "Sometimes it does create a nice silhouette," he said of the white kicks—a collaboration with Nike—paired with navy tights and a swingy navy coat. Only Touitou, whose clothes emanate cool, could make orthopedic-looking shoes so appealing. Never more have we wanted to emulate Melanie Griffith's style in Working Girl.
Other models channeled American girls in Paris, one wearing an all-over shearling bomber and khakis. The classic French ingenue was also a muse. As always, she is drawn to easy pleated skirts and printed shift dresses.
Seward's contribution included a gorgeous red-and-black print designed by her friend, the artist Jason Glasser. (For the presentation, she wore a top done in the print with her own vintage velvet skirt by Valentino.) But most of her pieces were neutral—there was a big focus on beige and black. The one shoulder metallic dress, created with couture fabric sourced from the same mill used by Saint Laurent, was the collection's sole "night" piece. Throw a sweatshirt over it for day, and you've got a true wardrobe workhorse.
But we can't talk about this collection without mentioning the excellent accessories—yellow gold brooches and bracelets in graphic, deco-like shapes were standouts—as well as the beautiful tango shoes. Designed in Argentina, where Seward's from, they're both comfortable and elegant. A lot like APC itself.