Stacey Bendet was fabulous and unapologetic for her Alice and Olivia Fall 2013 collection presentation. She is the opposite of minimalist…she does everything to the max. This collection was inspired by her fantasy of street style, what she would wear on the street if she really could wear anything and everything at once. It truly was an expression of go big or go home. The collection was all things at once: sexy, chic, edgy, hippie; Stacey Bendet created looks that call out to so many different aesthetics, there wasn’t a person in the house who couldn’t identify with something. With a musical theme throughout and 18th century French furnishings, it was definitely a mash up of Marie Antoinette goes to a rock concert.
The stage was a warehouse decked out in opulent Persian carpets nonchalantly laid over one another with toile wall paper and gold velvet drapes as the back drop. A huge and extravagant chandelier was the focal point of the room with sofas and gold coffee tables for guests to relax. Fashionistas indulged in Chandon champagne and delicious French macarons by Sugar and Plumm. It was every girl’s dream come true. A DJ strummed a violin to current pop beats to get the party started but the continuous sound of popping champagne bottles was truly music to our ears. There was even a mophie charging station to help the digital age recharge. Alice and Olivia had many fans show up to prove the designer’s talent as the party was littered with starlets like Katherine McPhee, Tinsley Mortimer, Vanessa Hudgens and even ice skater, Johnny Weir.
Models were grouped together with corresponding looks and props surrounding them. As models posed in front of a baby grand piano and beneath instruments like tubas and trombones hanging from the rafters, the eveningwear capsule collection was straight from a fantasy evening at the opera. A stand out for sure was a feathered beaded peplum lace gown paired with black strappy pumps adorned with black studs. These evening gowns were the envy of all the eyes in the room and will surely be making appearances at many events come this fall.
Party girls in leather and sequins were going anywhere but the opera. With an electric guitar lying in the bathtub, these party frocks were everything but boring. With names like Vixen and Plunging Miss Tulip this collection is not meant for the faint of heart. A black and white bustier jumpsuit paired with a quirky zebra cross body bag was definitely a charmer for the crowd. Another model posed in a pony hair themed outfit including a pony hair cascade jacket, crystal embellished argyle sweater, leopard print jeans, pony hair boot and pony hair bag. Texture and embellishment proved to be two things that the designer has a soft spot for.
The hair throughout was wildly romantic created by Antonio Corral Calero for Moroccanoil. The coiffure was a messy and free-spirited Heidi braid topped off with red roses to match the designer’s locks. Sarah Lucero for Stila made plum lips the focal point using Stila’s Merlot Stay All Day Lip Vinyl Gloss. NCLA Nails created three exciting manicures to correlate with each ensemble: Rush Hour in a bright red, Call me for the After Party in a metallic blue, or Alice and Olivia plaid nail wraps worn by the designer herself.
Known for statement worthy shoes and purses, this collection wasn’t lacking in either department. The Stace Face Pump available in red or green detail was by far the crowd pleaser. The shoes were all on trend with embellished ankle straps, plaid prints, and quilted leather. The purse collection was fun and eccentric including pony hair satchels in green and black, animal print clutches and studs galore. Then A+O line also debuted fabulous legwear in argyle prints and a black and nude swirl combo created by a collaboration with British brand, Pretty Polly.
The great thing about Alice and Olivia is that it invites you to fantasize. You can go all out and pair crystals, leather, pony hair, argyle, leopard, and metallics in just one outfit or you can choose one as a statement piece and play around it. The designer incorporated trends such as menswear prints with tartan plaids and argyles but of course in her own way. Motocross leather, another trend spotted all over the runways, was incorporated in oversized jackets paired with mini skirts in metallic brocades. Stacey Bendet doesn’t create for the women swimming downstream, she is a breed all her own that wants to go against the grain. This Fall 2013 collection was a playful mash up of all things fabulous. The motto that everyone left with: Dare to be bold!
For more information about the Alice and Olivia collection by Stacey Bendet visit: http://www.aliceandolivia.com