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C California Style

Heir Apparent

by intern

August Getty boldly positions himself in front of the fashion world with a debut women’s collection.

One of August Getty’s fondest memories is tracking down a vintage Emilio Pucci jumpsuit at age 9 with his mother, Ariadne Getty—daughter of the late John Paul Getty II. “We were on the hunt for it,” says Getty of the one-of-a-kind piece, which the family archived. “We would go to stores or look at things online, or in lookbooks, and agree or disagree [on them]. It was like looking at art.”

Fast-forward a decade, and mother and son have even more clothes to bond over: Getty’s eponymous womenswear collection, launched from the newly opened August Getty Atelier in Culver City. With a focus on eveningwear (think statuesque draped gowns and minis with structured silhouettes), the collection made its debut at Lincoln Center during New York Fashion Week this fall. “I had all these sketches that had been building up since I was a kid, and I was tired of seeing them on the wall,” says Getty, 20, who cites his sister, Natalia, 21, as his muse, and the late Alexander McQueen as a strong influence. “I wanted to see them come to life.” Earlier this year, he tried his hand at menswear with the line Anzevino Getty, a street-wear collaboration with co‑creative director William Anzevino, currently sold at Maxfield. The young designer is quick to credit an internship at age 15 with Cameron Silver at Los Angeles vintage emporium Decades as a pivotal moment in finding his sartorial calling. “It was an incredible time,” he says, fondly recalling his first day on the job, when supermodel Iman walked through the door, and befriending influential fashion figures, including milliner Philip Treacy. But it was a childhood spent surrounded by his mother’s couture gowns that ultimately steered him in the direction of eveningwear. It’s an embodiment of “a lifestyle that speaks to me,” he says. “It’s elegance, Old Hollywood, premieres, Marilyn Monroe and fabulous dinners.” From $80 to $1,600; augustgetty.com.

Edited by Kelsey McKinnon.
Written by Lesley McKenzie.
PHOTO: Ricky Middlesworth.