The turnout for Vanessa Seward's first show at the helm of her namesake brand was any debuting designer's wet dream, full of prominent editors and celebrities like French actress Valerie Lemercier and high priestess of chic Ines de la Fressange. Afterwards, she never reached backstage, so eager and numerous were her well-wishers. It helps, of course, when you have a resume like hers: stints at Chanel and Saint Laurent, creative director at Azzaro and, of course, A.P.C., whose founder Jean Touitou invited the Argentine-born designer onboard. After a six-season capsule which ended with summer 2015, her full line slakes the thirst for a complete wardrobe of her looks, from coats to blouses, boots to belts. Premium e-tailer Net-A-Porter has already snapped an exclusive on the line, set to retail at the strategic "affordable luxury" price point.
Cuts were simple, designed to be layered without bulk. The Seventies flavoring fell in step with what's trending now. Silk blouses, terrifically cut trousers, knee-high boots lined with shearling, the sweet clover print on a navy background for dresses — all these expressed a deeply Parisian wardrobe, with that moniker taken as an ellipsis to describe clothes at once functional and fetching. When it came to denim, there were high-waisted jeans that would give any woman legs that don't quit, but she also used the material for a smart cape. It was, in short, the evolution of her work at A.P.C., a continuation more sophisticated yet similarly relatable. For the sake of an argument, the one thing that could be reproached to Vanessa Seward was that she delivered no less than what was expected of her. But it is not always so impeccably done.