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Designer: A.P.C.

Location: Paris, France

Season: Spring/Summer 2018

Key Pieces: Vertical stripe shirts, grid check trench coats, paint-splattered denim and alpine-patterned bomber jackets.

Editor’s Notes: Jean Touitou wanted to keep things simple this season. So he showed his latest menswear collection at one of A.P.C.’s many Parisian outposts (with plenty of locations in the city, they’re almost like a chicer Starbucks). Not only that, but he enlisted members of the store staff to model the new collection, with their names embroidered on the sides of curved-brim baseball caps.

In many ways, the French label has become the new ideal for how most modern men want to dress today. The clothes channel a subdued upscale sensibility but are versatile enough that anyone from fashion neophytes to full-on obsessives can pull them off with a certain aplomb. This particular season mixed the familiar A.P.C. tropes of slimmed-down military and workwear staples with hints of prep and nautical style.

Single-pleat chinos are cut straight but not skinny, adding a classic elegance to penny loafers. Block stripe shirts are a step forward for boring dressers, but also appeal to fans of nostalgic ’90s style. Hand-painted denim is one of the statement pieces here, along with a seafoam green camp shirt and a contrast-sleeve button-down with “APC” emblazoned on the back, a rarity for the usually logo-averse label.

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