Fall/Winter 2016-2017 Ready-to-Wear
Alice & Olivia
The Stacey Bendet's Fall 2016 collection for alice + olivia is set in the cultural playground that was and is downtown New York City. For Bendet, this collection is a modern ode to the late seventies downton art scene; where rock and roll edge meets geek chic glamour. The collection consists of an eclectic sensual mix of pieces with a palette referencing the kaleidoscope of colors by the artist Frank Stella. Bendet has made a world of underground subway stations, artist studios, and rock and roll vinyl backdrops for this strong, sexy and vibrant collection. The foundation is built on the color juxtaposition of bright staples and dark compliments. Autumnal jewel tones include ruby, dark turqoise, mustard, cobalt blue, and copper contrasted by dusty pink, charcoal, and black. The intricate details of this collection feature the likes of beadwork birds, butterflies, and owls alluding to the idea of this creative urban jungle.
In addition, multi-colored knits and robust prints add exciting elements to this collection's framework. Leopard and romantic florals are the focus, easiliy offset by the more playful graphics incorporated into this season. There is a sense of personality and sophistication in Bendet's thoughtfully embellished pieces. The silhouettes range from strong suiting to soft feminine embellished midi-skirts, beautifully embroidered gowns, brocade shift- dresses, beaded bell bottoms and feminine bow-tie blouses creating a well-balanced collection. Moving onto the rich accessories, they show attention to detail, continuing the delicate beadwork seen in the Ready-to-Wear. Shoe styles range from cool suede boots, T-strap Mary Janes to sultry slides. Suede color-blocked bowling bags make for a rich addtion to the collection.