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Postby schiaparelli » Sat Jan 31, 2015 1:56 pm

hello and welcome to the apiece apart thread! apiece apart is one of my favorite womenswear labels and they're overdue for a post to this forum. i love their work, and i'm very excited to share it with all of you~

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apiece apart was founded by laura cramer (art director) and starr houtt (stylist, designer). for their 30th birthdays (in 2008), they roadtripped together to texas and began dreaming up a womenswear label that was inspired by the austerity of the landscape, and well-suited for the necessary reduction of dressing while traveling. from t magazine:

“I said, ‘I have this idea,'” Cramer recalls. “It’s about a streamlined, reduced wardrobe, something you could put in a small suitcase and just be happy about. A wardrobe worth wearing. And Starr just completely agreed.”


after years of working on the label in separate cities and self-financing, they relaunched with their spring 2013 collection and got quite a bit of positive press.

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(s/s 2013)

one thing @charybdis and i both love about apiece apart is that there is a definite look, but it's one that is easily adaptable to many different personal styles. it is personable clothing that doesn't diminish the individuality of the wearer. from elle:

"The fact that women wear their clothing for just one season before it's out-of-date is perverse," Cramer says. "We want to create something with longevity and honor. Women deserve that in their lives."


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(f/w 2013)

their influences and interests: scandinavian minimalism. japanese aestheticism. architecture that is austere, grave, lighthearted. movement. serenity. femininity/masculinity. georgia o'keefe. simplicity. unexpected silhouettes. saturated color. christopher lemaire of hermès is a fan. so am i—their work feels quite fresh and intriguing in the landscape of contemporary womenswear labels.

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(s/s 2014)

from fashionista:

Do you follow the fashion world closely?
Laura Cramer: I think we come from more of a lifestyle place. We are more interested in architecture and art and color theory, less than the cut of a dress. Of course we appreciate interesting women wearing clothes well; it’s beautiful.
Starr Hout: It’s never fashion for fashion’s sake.


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(f/w 2014)

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(technically f/w 2014 but released midway through the season, hence the different color scheme)

they have a fantastic tumblr, notes from apart, where each post is a collection of images—art, industrial design, portraiture, interiors, landscapes, all very evocative of the apiece apart "look", and with a lookbook shot of one of their clothes in the middle of it all. it really contextualizes their pieces and provides a lovely fantasy that helps sell their clothes and make them feel very personable.

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(resort 2015)
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Re: apiece apart

Postby oneseriouslady » Mon Feb 02, 2015 3:23 am

apiece apart really is lovely. i'm glad you mentioned their tumblr -- i've been following it for awhile, and i agree that it "contextualizes their pieces and provides a lovely fantasy that helps sell their clothes and make them feel very personable." the blog helps create a more cohesive image of what kind of woman they envision wearing their clothes. i noticed that they consistently update with posts on what books they're reading, what films they're watching, etc -- as though, the woman who wears apiece apart would also be interested in the same literature/film/music/culture. clothes are definitely only part of their vision.

(also i love the tilda dress)
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Re: apiece apart

Postby schiaparelli » Sat Mar 28, 2015 11:57 am

apiece apart published two gazettes in 2014



s/s 2014 gazette (2 more images in spoiler)

images are from michael a. muller, photographer. one of his photographs is included!

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f/w 2014 gazette (5 more images in spoiler)

images are from loren crosier, graphic designer. some of her collages are included!

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these gazettes are so beautifully done. amazing typography and layout. i love the photography and artwork they include—super evocative and expressive and a really good match for the brand. i always have fun seeing the printed material that brands put out, and the more subtle bits of marketing and brand identity establishment. fangirling hard. don't think there's an s/s 2015 gazette, but i will update the thread if i find any pictures/scans!
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Re: apiece apart

Postby schiaparelli » Sat Mar 28, 2015 12:27 pm

it's almost spring! here's their resort 2015 collection to ease into warm weather



i'm gonna post about their s/s 2015 collection soon, but i also wanted to bring up their resort pieces, just because it flows in very nicely to their s/s work. i also want to point out that—consistent with their vision of establishing "wardrobe building blocks" and collections that are easily mixed and matched across seasons—they also have an incredible consistency in how their lookbooks are shot. i personally find it very lovely and serene.

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they're calling this pattern a "thatch jacquard". it's super reminiscent of basket-weaving, and what with their clean lines and largely-geometric patterns, it's a nice design that brings a bit of warmth and familiarity to their collection. a lot of what they post on tumblr is beautiful crafts and handiwork from various artists. i don't know if i'm reading a bit too much into it, but i love how they navigate this space of modernity that is still very influenced by craftsmanship and traditional making.

the top on the right is the "apolla bi-layer crop tank". there's a version without the front slit in the neckline and a little keyhole opening in the back called the "agnes bi-level crop tank" (idk why they switch between bi-layer and bi-level). worth noting because it's one of their mainstay pieces (potentially comparable to how the bedford is an iconic engineered garments piece?) and a frequently duped item, at that. they've had this top style for a few seasons now, and i'm pretty sure that after they released it, about 100 other womenswear brands made something similar.

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this pattern is everything. i love geometric patterns and the colors they chose work so beautifully together. i haven't really seen it on sale anywhere, much to my dismay, except for the moda operandi trunk show. holding out hope that apiece apart has just been a bit slow about putting pieces with this pattern on their webshop.

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the right dress is notable because of the lush and thick rope tie. they've explored rope waist ties before (check out the merida fan dress and the juana paperbag short from previous seasons). i really appreciate that they've carried this motif through. the rope ties work beautifully as this very natural and almost simplistic detail against the clean lines of most of their pieces.

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Re: pizzapart

Postby schiaparelli » Fri Nov 13, 2015 12:39 pm

i'm afraid to continue in my SEASONAL SUMMARY OF APIECE APART because it will eventually lead up to s/s 2016 which deserves a special place in contemporary womenswear hell for abandoning everything that made apiece apart lovely, to me. so let's talk about another grievance i have with apiece apart which is that they're quite adept at riffing off of céline looks and i don't quite know what to do/feel about it

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