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Fashion news sources are atwitter with the launch of Vanessa Seward's A.P.C collaboration, and for good reason. The one-time creative director of Azzaro, the French apparel house known for evening elegance, has worked her glam aesthetic into A.P.C.'s minimalist, utilitarian look for a 12-piece capsule collection that will be available for fall 2012. And though stores are being evasive about exact launch dates ("maybe June or July" was the closest we could get to an answer), you can expect it to go fast when it hits the shelves. Here's what you need to know if you are lucky enough to track the pieces down.
· A.P.C. founder Jean Touitou explained the collaboration's inception to Style.com like so: "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." And thus sprang a line that's as irreverently cool as this comment.
· The jacquard and silk fabrics in the collection—the jacket, a pair of hotpants, and the navy and red floral dresses—hail from the archives of Abraham, the celebrated textile house where Paris's haute couturiers have long found their materials. Specifically, Seward borrowed the jacquard from a Jean Patou dress in her closet, telling Vogue that she "showed it to the fabric-makers, and they were like 'Oh that's from us.'" So instead of getting it copied, Seward had them make it.
· The collection is being endorsed by practically every major magazine, including Elle, who posted a glowing review on their website, along with a first look at the collection. Click through to browse if you'd like to see exactly how, according to an A.P.C. press release, Seward "draws the A.P.C. girl out and introduces her to a new, quiet kind of glamour."
· The collection may be chic, but it's gonna cost you. According to Style.com, prices range from $325 for a pair of gold jacquard lamé hot pants to $400 for a skirt and $590 for the floral silk dresses. It tops out at $700 for a dressier frock.
· According to Vogue, "A.P.C. loyalist" and famed French actress Catherine Deneuve placed a personal order for the collection by the end of the Fashion Week presentation. Just so you know what kind of company you're in.
· First Look: Vanessa Seward X A.P.C [Elle]
· Vanessa Seward Capsule For A.P.C Will Be Unveiled This Spring [Racked]