The party is always at Alice + Olivia‘s! Stacey Bendet, the mastermind behind this fan brand unveiled yet another fabulous collection. The Resort 2019 lineup is here to secure a fashionable transition from one season to another.
If you are in need of a show-stopping party look you’ll always find it at Alice + Olivia. But the great thing about Stacey Bendet’s design aesthetic is that her pieces can really take you from day to night. Take the vibrant dresses for example. The explosive prints and patchwork make this pieces stand out but thanks to the flowy silhouettes you can get away with rocking one of those maxi dresses during the day. As a designer, Stacey Bendet favors the ’70s, so this collection like all the previous ones is filled with bohemian and disco vibe. However, for the Alice + Olivia Resort 2019 Collection Stacey Bendet had a more subdued muse in mind. Actress Ali MacGraw and her chic style were the inspiration behind this lineup.
The mixed-print pieces in this collection are a feast for the eyes. The designer managed to put together floral and animal prints that resulted in explosive designs. The leopard print which is very on trend at the moment is all over the Alice + Olivia Resort 2019 collection. There is a maxi leopard print dress paired with matching boots if you are ready to rock this trend like the A-listers. There is also a midi bodycon number in black & white leopard print covered in sequins for those who really don’t mind getting all the attention. This look is topped with a matching turban which adds a cool vibe to the entire look.
One of the standout pieces is the fully sequined multicolored dress with electric print. The brand is well-known for its shiny looks and this collection isn’t an exception. The dazzling silver top paired with white pantsuit will give you that Paris Hilton’s 21st birthday vibes.
Since the Alice + Olivia girl is a party animal, her style during the day isn’t missing that WOW factor. Among the daywear offerings in the Resort 2019 collection, you can find chic flared jeans, flowy dresses, trending cardigans and more. However, you can wear most of these pieces when and as you please. As the designer likes to say, you can wear her designs “to work and out.’ One thing is for sure: you’ll instantly get into party mood the moment you put on a look from the Alice + Olivia Resort 2019 collection.
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With maximalism taking over in 2018, Stacey Bendet will most certainly have a good year. The designer behind the playful brand Alice + Olivia has always been a celebrator of color, details and in general all things chic. No matter how challenging is the situation, Bendet will always have something optimistic to offer.
The Fall 2018 collection is showy, positive and full of statement-making pieces. If you are a girly girl, you would most certainly love to don a head-to-toe Alice + Olivia in fall 2018. The lineup isn’t out, but you can start picking your favorite pieces.
Stacey Bendet is joining the likes of Tom Ford, Michael Kors, Naeem Khan and other designers who went crazy over wild animal prints during New York Fashion Week. Shall we dare to say that a hot cheetah print in a bold color will be the next big thing in the It circles? With Hadid‘s and Jenner‘s who aren’t afraid to test-drive the riskiest trends, everything is possible in the world of fashion. Alice + Olivia has pointed toe heeled ankle boots in classic nude and brown leopard print that are show-stoppers, but what captivates the attention, even more, is the red-hot and glossy pleated skirt with a cheetah pattern.
Since not everyone is ready to rock a vibrant animal printed piece, here come the florals to save the day (and the night). At Alice + Olivia you won’t be able to take your eyes off of the blooming floral skirts, dresses, and cardigans. Stacey Bendet knows how to balance between sass and romance when it comes to florals. The designer suggests grunge lace-up booties or statement bag if you want to break the femininity of the flower power.
Alice + Olivia is undoubtedly a party animal-friendly brand. Its Fall 2018 lineup offers a variety of statement-making pieces you need to get on point. If sequins are your thing and you love to snap Insta stories with Kira Kira, Stacey Bendet got you covered. From V-neck fully sequined catsuits and rainbow coordinates to dazzling red booties, the spotlight can be all yours! On the formal side, there are trending flared pants and shirts with conservative necklines, but still, these pieces can take you to a cocktail after work without issue.
The casual offerings in the Alice + Olivia Fall 2018 collection included chic easy-to-wear pieces that still have that “wow” factor. Once again, Stacey Bendet designed clothes that bring life to your style and fun to your life.
Photo Credit: Alice + Olivia
Stacey Bendet, the founder of famous fashion house Alice + Olivia is launching a denim brand. AO.LA is the sister company, that will deliver trendy pieces that will make any lady feel and look good. Stacey celebrates her new achievement with AO.LA’s first collection, inspired by the 70s. The debut line will feature chic denim styles, tees, edgy jackets and more. They all remind very much of the trends from that decade but are re-done in a modern way.
“I’ve always designed with the goal of dressing a woman for all aspects of her life. AO.LA began as a concept, my sort of West Coast alter ego, the casual weekend cool, the dressed up jean. The inspiration image for the collection was a picture of my mom in her wedding gown with a pair of big bell bottom jeans underneath. Jeans are so much a part of a woman’s life, her memories, her life stories‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√ë¬¨‚àÇ and that’s what I set out to do with AO.LA., create jeans that make a woman feel empowered and good, jeans that tell a story.’- Stacey explained her inspiration behind the new brand.
Denim takes a central place in the line. The new denim drop shares a positive message starting from the name of the jeans styles. They are dubbed as Beautiful, Good, Great, Amazing, Fabulous, and Perfect. All of their linings are decorated with empowering messages such as “You look gorgeous today’. It doesn’t matter if you are a fan of skinny jeans, chic embroidered looks, or flared jeans, you will find them all in Stacey’s new collection. AO.LA’s tees are super-trendy and feature fun pictures from icons such as David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, and Mickey Mouse.
The goal of this collection is not only to make women feel good in their new denim. Another thing that Bendet wanted to achieve is to help those in need. Exactly 10 percent of the Good jeans proceeds will go to a charitable cause- the Good + Foundation.
The price range of the jeans will vary between $198 and $295 depending on the style. Kimonos are definitely on the pricier side with a range that starts at $330 up to $495. The most expensive piece in the collection is a black leather jacket that costs $1,095.
You can get the new AO.LA styles at several places. The collection launches together with the resort one and both are available online. Additionally, 21 of Alice + Olivia’s stores will carry the capsule line. Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus are the two retailers that you should also visit. Today is the official launch date for the new goods.
Photo Credit: Alice + Olivia AO.LA
Literature and art are, once again, at the core of a ready-to-wear collection, with designer Stacey Bendet drawing inspiration from Salman Rushdie’s “The Enchantress of Florence’ for her Alice + Olivia fall/winter 2017-18 rtw collection.
Like Joseph Altuzarra, who recently unveiled a runway show inspired by Shakespeare and the Northern Renaissance art during the current New York Fashion Week, Bendet got overwhelmed with the power of literature, too, after receiving a miniature version of Salman Rushdie’s “The Enchantress of Florence’ from the author himself.
Literature aside, two are the other main topics that revolve around Rushdie’s novel, and which all together play an extremely important role in the latest Alice + Olivia fall/winter 2017-18 rtw collection. Divided into three parts, Rushdie’s “The Enchantress of Florence’ narrates the visit of a European to the Mughal emperor Akbar’s court in Persia, where the young man claims to be a lost relative of the emperor, born to an Indian princess and an Italian man from Florence. Tuscany’s notorious capital, along with its history and renaissance art, is one of the book’s most evocative scenarios, with Sandro Botticelli’s masterpiece of humanist thinking, “Primavera,’ being one of the most inspiring.
Intricate embroideries and Middle East-inspired details are, thus, aplenty in the Alice + Olivia fall/winter 2017-18 rtw collection, with even parts of Botticelli’s masterpiece being printed on the skirts. Along with art, however, another message has been transposed from literature to fashion ” empowerment.
“One of the themes running through the book is that a lost princess is creating her own destiny in a man’s world,’ Stacey Bendet explained backstage, immediately remind us of all those designers who took empowerment and translated it to their seasonal collections, according to their own personal language and feelings.
Bendet’s take on empowering fashion was an extremely feminine and party-ready one, with most of the garments being filtered through a free-spirited Seventies-inspired lens. Between the many flared lines, bell sleeves, wrapped cuts and layered figures, all of the Alice + Olivia fall/winter 2017-18 rtw collection’s items were equally wearable and fancy, their airy figures being perfect to dance any night away.
Bendet’s visions about the autumnal season could be, in fact, overall described as optimistic, with the proposals being all about feeling at ease with oneself while having fun with girl squads.
Although being almost solely party-ready, the collection also features appealing proposals that could be worn on a daily basis, such as oversized coats, graphic tees and rather versatile palazzo pants that could easily transition from formal to informal events, depending on how we decide to style them. One-of-a-kind indeed, even the few Alice + Olivia fall 2017 collection’s daily items got inspired by Rushdie’s artistic notes, meaning that whoever is looking for a timeless staple to feel flawless in, even those who prefer more minimalist ensembles, will very likely get enchanted by this latest collection of Benet’s.
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That’s true, most of the latest pre-fall 2017 collections are all about the Forties and Seventies, but those who unapologetically love the Nineties will have something suitable for their tastes, too, thanks to the latest Alice + Olivia pre-fall 2017 collection, which got directly inspired by images of Kate Moss from the grungest decade of all.
Although being predominantly Nineties-inspired, the Alice + Olivia pre-fall 2017 collection does feature a few Seventies-infused elements here and there, which nonetheless will particularly appeal to those, who favor the late Nineties over the early Nineties, namely when Seventies outfits ‚Äö√†√∂‚Äö√Ñ‚Ä† la Sienna Miller were slowly becoming the coolest thing around.
Although featuring a color-palette that is not that variegated, as it predominantly features blacks and off-whites, except for a few greens, blues and reds, the Alice + Olivia pre-fall 2017 collection definitely shows different versions of Kate Moss’ signature Nineties look, which mostly consisted of cool, heroin-chic slip dresses for the nights, and roomy, na‚Äö√†√∂‚àö√≤ve staples for the days.
With denim aplenty interrupting both the more elegant and the daily looks, Alice + Olivia’s creative director Stacey Bendet Eisner made sure those who are always on the go also had something cozy, yet edgy to wear on a daily basis either at work or university, which at the same time could easily transition from day to night thanks to a few fashion tricks.
Full of separates, the Alice + Olivia pre-fall 2017 line-up treats us to essential elements that can function as must-haves to add to our wardrobes, such as the soigné kimono jacket with floral embroideries, or the floor-length denim skirt with a plunging lateral slit, depending on how you style or layer them with.
The latter is the focal point of this collection, as Bendet specifically focused on skirts to realize a line-up that could be as versatile as possible. “I wanted to make them more casual,’ she told WWD. “I made them in a really light silk cotton so they can be dressed up or edged up with a leather bustier.’
As for the more Seventies-inspired garments, bell-bottom jeans, hippie tunics and botanical tunics surely help the collection get its one-of-a-kind versatile look, which got skillfully blended in with festival-ready vibes as well.
To make sure each one of her customers had something to wear, Bendet took the time to focus on the accessory line, which we all know is one of her seasonal collections’ most highly anticipated parts. This time around, the designer focused not only on the shoe line and on the bags, but on the sunglasses, too.
While for the shoes, she opted for chunky ankle boots either in leather or velvet, and for the bags she favored mostly neutral (yet slightly glittery) colors and simple structures, it is with the range of sunglasses that she had fun indeed. Oversized and refined with different frames, the Alice + Olivia pre-fall 2017 sunglasses line is probably Bendet’s most accomplished debut.
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The first impression of the Alice + Olivia spring 2017 ready-to-wear collection is that it is fun and quirky. Stacey Bendet was inspired by her trip to Rome, where she fell in love with the 16th-century Bomarzo gardens that are often known as Park of the Monsters, or “Parco dei Mostri’. The entire collection has a definite summery feel with head wraps, large round sunglasses, maxi skirts and dresses. Strong patterns were shown off in beautiful outfits that were bright and cleanly designed.
Some of the outfits featured muted colors, while others were bright colors paired with brighter patterns and paired with great accessories. A woman’s face with oversized round sunglasses are featured on several pieces in the collection and one of the recurrent accessories in this collection were the perfectly rounded sunglasses in several different colored frames and lenses.
A pair of wide legged, high waisted striped pants paired with a vivid red shirt and neck scarf were accentuated with sunglasses, a head wrap and a cute box shaped purse.
A Grecian style red dress with a front hanging waist tie was paired with a matching turban and a cute little clutch. The ensembles include a cute little patterned skater skirt with three-dimensional embellishments paired with black booties, a cream and black bag with embellished strap and embellished dark round shades.
The skater dress is fun and springtime appropriate with a youthful feel to the aesthetics. A few of the looks in the Alice + Olivia spring/summer 2017 collection were very hippy chic as well.
There are a lot of florals prints, little birds and butterflies in this collection and even a few rainbows! This is a youthful and fun collection that is still appropriate for a wide range of ages.
The maxi dresses are beautiful, vibrant and delicate making them a perfect whimsical set of dresses that exemplify the Alice + Olivia spring to summer 2017 collection. One of the maxi dresses features a stacked rainbow design with a light pink top, red, orange, yellow green and blue tiered ruffled skirt. The top of the maxi dress has very slim shoulder straps, a wrapped, low V-neck top and accentuated waist.
The overall quirky, summery style of the Alice + Olivia spring 2017 ready-to-wear collection is completely amazing. There is something to wear and love for every individual’s sense of style here, for every personality and interest.
This spring ready-to-wear collection has pantsuits, multi piece ensembles, beautiful bags, floating maxi dresses, short fun dresses, skirts and accessories and so many different silhouettes it is mind-boggling. Every look in the line-up is beautiful and fun, and the Alice + Olivia spring 2017 collection is one that a great many people are interested and excited to see available for purchase.
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Following in the footsteps of labels such as Banana Republic and Burberry, Alice + Olivia also staged its first-ever see now/ buy now runway show yesterday night, organized in partnership with Neiman Marcus. The Alice + Olivia spring 2016 see-now-buy-now runway show was a blaze of colors, which surely added an extra ray of sunshine to Los Angeles, where the runway show took place.
This latest fashion experiment of the New York-based label was also live-streamed online, denoting once again Alice + Olivia’s willingness to expand their territories and become more customer-friendly. The see-now-buy-now runway show also made sure the first weekend of Coachella could be rightfully celebrated with a cool festival-worthy array of proposals that not only became immediately available online as soon as the show drew to a close, but also featured the much-talked-about Alice + Olivia x Grateful Dead capsule collection, as well as the label’s spring/summer 2016 collection‘s limited-edition items.
“I hope to inspire consumers worldwide to kick off their festival season with Alice + Olivia,” said Stacey Bendet, Alice + Olivia CEO and creative director, in a press release. The young designer also took the time to explain why she felt Alice + Olivia needed such a fashion experiment now, and why she chose to make it around the time of Coachella’s first weekend celebrations.
The collection’s proposals, as well as the show itself, were all exuding some breezy hippie vibes, covering the models’ bodies with loads of frills, bold colors and bright retro patterns. Floral headpieces completed most of the looks, while t-shirt dresses took the collection back to the Sixties for a while. Goddess-like maxi gowns alternated equally ethereal and sophisticated palazzo pants, while off-the-shoulder blouses and denim jackets completed most of the casual-chic looks.
“A see-now-buy-now runway show is something I have been wanting to do for a few seasons, but it took time to feel out when and where felt right. I wanted what I showed on that runway to be relevant to what consumers actually want to wear now. I came up with the idea to have the show around Coachella and have the runway looks be based upon things that every girl would want to wear to a music festival.”
To style the show, Stacey Bended turned to Neiman Marcus Senior Vice President Ken Downing for help, and the duo perfectly managed not only to combine their different abilities and creative skills together, but also to draw an incredible number of celebrities to their show.
“It is exciting to be involved in the forefront of a new fashion phenomenon with Stacey. She has always been wildly intuitive, with the ability to anticipate her fashionable customers’ wants and desires. Creating a highly curated, creative, clever and in-season fashion show ‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√ë‚àö√Ü as only Stacey can do ‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√ë‚àö√Ü with a buy-now-wear-now mantra makes sense for her fashion followers that love and adore what she designs,” said Downing, who also firmly stated that the see-now-buy-now formula will very likely become the fashion industry’s future unquestionable mantra. “I’ve known Stacey since the beginning and we see the world through a similar lens, so we had fun working side by side, all ego to the wind,’ concluded Downing.
Among the celebrities sitting on the front row during the show were long-time Coachella frequenter Whitney Port, Kourtney Kardashian, Emily Ratajkowski, Mischa Barto, Lydia Hearst, Jennifer Morrison, Lucy Punch and Harley Quinn Smith. Port, who is going to attend this yearly Coachella too, said she was already planning her weekend looks around the collection, and probably so are doing many of those who were watching the show.
The show, which could be described as an overall success, may just be the tip of an iceberg when it comes to Alice + Olivia’s surprises or, to put it in Bendet’s way, “this is our 14-year anniversary, so we’ll have to do something fun for 15.’
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When fashion meets literature, only good things are about to happen. Stacey Bendet, Alice + Olivia‘s creative director and self-proclaimed vintage lover knows that and isn’t afraid to let herself get carried away by a good book whenever she finds one. For her Alice + Olivia fall/winter 2016-17 ready-to-wear collection, unveiled at New York Fashion Week, Bendet couldn’t help getting viscerally inspired by Garth Risk Hallberg’s debut novel City On Fire.
“I was reading that book City on Fire, and I just became really fascinated with that moment. New York City was financially bankrupt, but culturally, it was exploding,’ she later declared, revealing the collection’s main protagonists ” New York and the Seventies.
Bendet’s choice to celebrate New York isn’t, however, only linked to Hallberg’s book, as the fashion designer is feeling a significant and worrisome change of direction within the city’s cultural life, and is determined to bring it back: “Right now, we’re watching so much creativity leave New York‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√ë‚àö√Üevery artist or musician is moving to L.A. was craving that moment when it was all right here.’
Besides its New Yorker settings, City of Fire whisks its readers back to the Seventies, catapulting them in a city literally divided between the good and the bad, as on the one hand bankruptcy and gritty criminal gangs were taking over a city, where never-seen-before artistic and music movements were relentlessly flourishing. Among them, punk rockers, hippies and hip hop artists were surely helping many suburban kids and young adults escape from New York’s criminal, yet quite magnetic side, making the Big Apple one of the world’s most influential cultural centers.
Bendet perfectly managed to merge her desire to let New York thrive again with her passion for vintage clothes, serving a strong lineup that is destined to overwhelm us with its bright colors and fancy silhouettes. Both the hippie and the punk rock movements got involved in this FW 2016-17 rtw collection, as the fashion designer particularly enjoyed intertwining the two main themes together mainly utilizing a well-tailored mishmash of different patterns.
“When I started Alice + Olivia, all of my inspiration photos were of my mom in these amazing bell-bottom pants. I wanted to go back to that era‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√ë¬¨‚àÇof rock ‘n’ roll, of empowered women,’ she told WWD, emphasizing even more her willingness to celebrate women. “If that’s not a girl power moment, I don’t know what is.’
And her lineup is indeed for a strong independent woman, who has fun playing with different styles, cuts and even color-blocking motifs. From bold green to blue, from yellow to red and of course black, the lineups really has it all, and isn’t afraid to use it.
As for the lines and cuts, Bendet made sure both boho-chic and the glam rock styles had their time to shine, meaning that she managed to treat us us both to layered maxi gowns and mannish suits, alternating flared-sleeve coats with asymmetrical curve-hugging mini dresses and even studded jackets.
Paisley motif, animal prints and floral patterns adorn most of the retro proposals, taking advantage of Bendet’s colorful mind. Thanks to her great attention to details, the collection also delivers unique accessories that are just the icing on the cake, as they better define and emphasize each look with an even stronger boho-chic or punk rock allure. With all the sinuous cuissardes boots, animal-printed handbags and big hats we could rightly state less is more was definitely out of her wheelhouse here.
It doesn’t however mean she doesn’t enjoy minimalistic forms of art from time to time: one of the collection’s key pieces is a long-sleeve geometric-print gown inspired by American minimalistic painter and printmaker Frank Stella, whose works were greatly influenced by Jackson Pollock and Franz Kline.
Photos courtesy of Vogue