Stacey Bendet, CEO and Creative Director of Alice + Olivia, wants to take you to France. “The inspiration for the Spring 2015 show was a trip I took to Versailles with my mom and daughter. I was so inspired when I was there; I wanted to envision what the modern court would look like, what the girls would look like in it, what the art would be on the walls, what the rooms would be decorated with,” she revealed in an exclusive interview with Savoir Flair at the brand’s presentation in the grand foyer of Manhattan’s Pierre hotel.
Playing with lavish beading, Bendet paid homage to the theatrical imperial eighteenth century palace, whether it was one of her bejeweled sweatshirts or embellished crop tops shimmering dramatically under the ornate hotel lights. “The collection is filled with print and texture and I truly wanted each piece of clothing to almost feel like its own piece of art,” she explained.
In addition to opulent touches, Bendet also proposed a dress code heavily referenced by the 70s. There were satin ankle-length pants, high-waisted culottes, and crepe wide-leg trousers. Shirt dresses and halter necklines also made a sartorial reference to the decade. Mixing evening (think: embroidered floral jacquard ball gown skirt) and daytime (a white button with an extended hem as seen over Bermuda shorts), the collection came together to create a playful, royal, bohemian sartorial fantasy that any young woman would love to romp around in.
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