Alice + Olivia designer Stacey Bendet showed her whimsical, statement-making Spring 2014 collection on Monday, and we were there — along with stars like Jamie Chung, Nicky Hilton, and Taylor Momsen — to take in the "preppy-meets-pretty" pieces in person. During the presentation, we caught up with Stacey to talk about her inspiration for the season, which "renaissance woman" she's excited to dress, and the craziest thing that's ever happened to her during Fashion Week (hint: her answer might get under your skin). Click on to see our interview!
The piece: Alice and Olivia Stacey Flats
The price: $295
Why we want it: We first laid eyes on this quirky shoe — with its black-and-red swirl and a face that included black-studded sunglasses and an embellished red lip — as a pump at the Alice and Olivia Fall 2013 ready-to-wear presentation. After the original style's success, designer Stacey Bendet, the namesake and obvious inspiration for the glam depiction, took an about-face (sorry, we had to) and transformed the heels into a just-as-lovely pair of flats. And they've just arrived, so even if your shoes don't, that's definitely something to smile about.
When quirky-cool Stacey Bendet, the mastermind behind Alice + Olivia, invited us to come along on a Summer sojourn to Sun Valley, ID, we jumped at the chance! The designer shared some Instagram snaps from a trip earlier this month, and if you think her colorful style is reserved for New York City's anything-goes fashion mentality? Well, you'd be wrong. Like any good lover of clothes, Stacey's trip involved multiple outfit changes a day and bold silhouettes styled with smart packing essentials like the classic tee. She gave us exclusive anecdotes about each look and proved that even in Idaho, you can't keep a fashion girl down.
Alice + Olivia's Spring 2013 lookbook is brimming with crisp looks that are calling our (and your) name, and we're honing in on some of the standout pieces from the lineup. Take this gorgeous trio to start: we can't get enough of the vibrant colors, boxy cuts, monochromatic palettes, bright denim, and fresh footwear. But that's just the beginning. Head inside to see 23 more inspirational Alice + Olivia looks you'll want to mimic, stat.
Just one look around Alice + Olivia's Fall 2013 presentation and you'd be struck with the high-impact texture, print, and statement accessories — all the standout pieces that add up to Stacey Bendet's take on "fantasy street style." While at the show, we were lucky enough to snag a few minutes with the designer, who talked inspiration points, styling, and favorite fashion decade. Watch on to hear that — and more — straight from Stacey, right here.
According to Stacey Bendet, the Alice + Olivia Fall '13 collection is diving into one of our favorite things: street style. And in her own words, it's "fantasy street style," at that. Marked by the whimsical, the baroque-inspired, the glamorous, and the punk, there's a little bit of everything to mix and match, just as the most seasoned street-style star would. To see every piece from the Alice + Olivia Fall '13 collection right here, keep watching!
Stacey Bendet's girl got a dose of the opulent, the preppy, and the whimsical — which all make sense when you consider that Alice + Olivia's Fall 2013 was conceived with the designer's belief that there are no limits when it comes to personal style. No limits indeed; this season Bendet drew from our obsession with street style (how fitting for NYFW!), crafting a lineup that's both playful and cool, or as Bendet maybe defines it best: "fantasy street style." That's the common denominator — rather than adhering to any one trend, this was a world where the Baroque-inspired, glamorous, punk, and polished played off each other (we imagine a little like Stacey's own closet). Pieces like a quirky zebra crossbody bag and cheeky heels with faces spoke for themselves, the kind of one-offs street-style stars and celebrities will be wearing for the Fall (and getting snapped when they do).
- The set: Highline Stages were transformed into a French salon, with decadent chandeliers and waiters passing trays of bubbly.
- The front row: The Young Hollywood set — Katharine McPhee, Maggie Grace, Victoria Justice, Vanessa Hudgens, and The Carrie Diaries' AnnaSophia Robb.
- Trends: Plaid, florals, fur, lace.
- Key piece: As always, Bendet's line was stocked with sweet party frocks; this was also a first glimpse of her new hosiery collection, Alice + Olivia by Pretty Polly which launches this Fall.
We're all guilty of getting a little too print-happy at times, but where leopard prints are concerned, Alice + Olivia's Stacey Bendet has got you covered. We spoke with the designer at her Spring 2013 presentation, where she revealed her "rule of thumb" for wearing the exotic pattern, her '50s throwback inspiration (think American Dream), and what it feels like to have an arsenal of celeb fans. With her styling pointers to give and insight to share, click play to find out what Stacey had to say.
Stacey Bendet crafted her latest collection with the optimism of the '50s American dream. The resulting party dresses and cocktail wares may just be what the young Hollywood set, like attendees Jamie Chung and Odette Annable, are dreaming of wearing all Spring. Looks ran the gamut from feminine fit-and-flare dresses done up in metallics to a polka-dot-peplum-and-pedal-pusher set and a surprise, paint-splattered full-length bustier dress. It was already clear that Bendet knew her way around a party dress, but this season she proves she also knows a few things about evening gowns; hers came in gorgeous, embroidered finishes, not to mention dressed-down — but still feminine — casual looks that also hinted at the designer's retro influence.
- Trends: Crop tops, pedal-pushers, peplum, polka-dots, florals, and metallics.
- Colors: White, brown, black, yellow, bright orange, pops of blue and mint green, lavender, and gray.
- Key Piece: The paint-splattered bustier dress; an embellished bustier was an unexpected counter to a polished white skirt and bright orange jacket.
- Accessories: Lace-up pointed-toe booties, pointed-toe pumps, ankle-strap sandals, cat-eye sunglasses, structured satchels.
- Who Should Wear It: You can expect to see the 20something Hollywood crowd showing off these looks all over red-carpet events.
It's only natural that last week's news of the upcoming Target and Neiman Marcus CFDA designer collaboration would be followed by an all-out marketing blitz — and now, it's finally begun. First up: this just-released and pretty intriguing behind-the-scenes glimpse at the collaboration's starting point, which, logically, included lots of meetings in colorfully decorated studios and lots of fabric, print, and sketch reviews. The video shows all that, plus offers cameo appearances by nearly every one of the collaboration's key players, including — but not limited to — Diane von Furstenberg, Ken Downing, Eddie Borgo, Georgina Chapman, Robert Rodriguez, Tracy Reese, Stacey Bendet, and Prabal Gurung. See it all below, and keep those eyes peeled for any clues as to what the 50-piece Holiday collection might actually look like.