Looking at all the Styles for this Spring, is perplexing. Fifteen or even ten years ago., I would have been mortified to be seen in anything so “out there”and, not just “out there like in the 60’s, but to me, it doesn’t celebrate the female body, it feels somewhat insulting. Then I saw an article written by Courtney Love, not my style icon, but she had some valuable things to say. She said that:”I have been in the Fashion Game for a lot of years, so I used to see trends start via the street and then go to designers. Designers copying street trends is fine, but it’s not, to me, as strong as trends that start on the street.” Aha, an epiphany. These “crazy” looking clothes are designer’s attempts at copying Street Art. In my opinion it should be left in the street!!
Feeling very depressed that I can’t relate, even the slightest bit, to this coming Spring season’s clothing, I found something written by Jean Touitou. jean founded the clothing line A.P.C. (Atelier de Production et de Creation) in 1987. His style was reactionary to the over-style money focused, gaudiness and excesses of the 1980’s. His style, a timelessness chic, has not only persisted, but it is growing with new stores opening in Paris and New York. In the Magazine Style.com Print, on the very last page, I found the most wonderful article written by this designer of women’s clothing..
“The thing is, the street has no effect on me. It just tells me what not to do. Rarely am I inspired by it nowadays, except by older people,or by workers. I mean, hipsters look terrible with their hipster signifiers, fake ghetto-nouveau dudes are pathetic, and with their hooker shoes and pricey bags make me sick. What else is left.
If I were in England, school kids could inspire me, because they’ve got it. They’ve got it. They bring a kind of freedom, thanks to their uniforms. But most people are just prisoners of their own gimmick…”I am the punk character, your’re the hippie one, oh, her comes a grungy fellow..”
There isn’t any invention-at least, I don’t see any….
To find inspiration from the street today you have to look beyond the people that are simply imitating high fashion. It is only there that you might find something.”
THESE ARE TWO OF A.P.C.’S DESIGNS FOR SPRING
2014 READY TO WEAR COLLECTION..
PERSONALLY, I FIND THEM A BIT BORING , BUT HIS FOLLOWING IS STRONG. HE HAS THREE STORES IN, LONDON, PARIS, AND NEW YORK, AND ONE OPENING IN CHICAGO.