Laura Cramer’s and Starr Hout’s design ethos for Apiece Apart could be boiled down to two words: cultivated ease.
For resort, the pair drew from Central America and Pueblos Mágicos towns of Mexico for a vibrant lineup of easy looks — relaxed essentials for modern-day life. Representing the artisanal were Peruvian hand-loomed coats with colorful fringe, created by taking strips of fabric and tying them through the weave: “Using what you have and creating something new,” Hout said. (Employing the elaborate process supports the local artisans who specialize in it.) The bright hues of pink seen on relaxed coats, pants and a carefree peasant dress with the brand’s signature waistband detail also had a local influence: the Cochineal beetle of the Andes.
Artisanal style aside, there were plenty of the label’s house codes: popcorn buttons embellished on baby alpaca knits or the sides of floaty dresses with scalloped trims; elastic waistbands on dresses and tencel linen tops; wrapped waists on hand-painted printed pants, and neutral tones, which looked especially good in a standout jumpsuit.