ALICE + OLIVIA BY STACEY BENDET SPRING/SUMMER 2020 – COLLECTION STATEMETN
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 9, 2019: alice + olivia Spring/Summer 2020 is a modern bohemian field of dreams. Across the collection, color block dressing is highlighted with dramatic new shapes anchored by strong pants, a nod to the trouser core of alice + olivia’s brand DNA. Voluminous sleeves, legs and skirts imbue classic sportswear with couture presence, while engineered floral prints and fine embroidered details transport the imagination into the fashionably surreal.
At this season’s show at Root Studios, Designer Stacey Bendet’s fashion dreamscape unfolded in a series of nine transportive sets, each revealing a realm of the collection. In a field of lilac saturated flowers, a sky blooming with pink clouds, a minty pristine kitchen, and a bright buttercup pool, tailored and embroidered Spring/Summer looks seemed to have sprouted from their colorful surroundings. “When the colors are right in a space you exhale and tune into your own interior,” Bendet says, “I dream in color and these rooms are fashion dreams come to life.”
In each brightly hued world, colors converse in a sherberty palette. The combinations highlight the considered silhouettes and elevated constructions in this collection, which balance dramatic volume with day-to-day favorites. Bold moire silk sleeves, a sculptural bow cumberbund belt, pleated chiffon and dramatic waterfall ruffles complement oversize blazers, clean tie around tees, cycle ready bike shorts and of course, perfect high waist trousers. Welcome to high feminine sport.
In modern bohemia, blouson sleeves are fit for lazing in the grass and powering through the city. Flower has new power: square neck cuts and tea length skirts feel fresh with bright engineered paisley and cool sneakers.
SS20 also introduced an exclusive collaboration between alice + olivia and Murder Bravado designer Everard Best, a rising fashion star known for his singular style of hand embroidered, dyed and distressed denim. Describing the union between the two brands as, “When Kanye West appeared on Katy Perry’s track E.T.,” Best, who has collaborated in the past with the likes of Virgil Abloh, Heron Preston, and Mr. Porter, sees the collaboration with Bendet as “an opportunity to work with one of the foremost American womenswear designers in the industry.”
In the midst of the show, Best and his design team were stationed in a laboratory vignette, a cascade of color descended around them as they artfully live-painted pieces for the alice + olivia collection, turning the canvas of Bendet’s denim range into a physical gallery of wearable works of art. The rainbow looks will sell with the collection in alice + olivia stores and retailers worldwide next Spring. “With this collaboration, we wanted to bring our vibe and our design DNA to alice + olivia. We applied our signature dying and distressing techniques then exaggerated the length to keep it super fun and over the top.” This spirit for over-the-top, playful artistry works seamlessly within Bendet’s vision for SS20. “There is a sense of newness and methodology to his designs that is incredibly exciting to me, and a mutual appreciation of color that translates beautifully into this collaboration.”
ABOUT ALICE + OLIVIA BY STACEY BENDET
Launched in 2002, alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet is a brand that allows women to express their personal style. With clothing that juxtaposes the whimsical and flirty with the sexy and sophisticated, a+o epitomizes the personality and perspective of its founder, Stacey Bendet. The brand was born from Stacey’s personal quest to create the perfect pair of pants, and has since grown into a full lifestyle collection including ready-to-wear, gowns, shoes, handbags and accessories. The brand is a Hollywood favorite with celebrity fans including Meghan Markle, Michelle Obama, Beyonce, Gwyneth Paltrow, Gigi Hadid and Jessica Alba.
alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet is available at the brand’s free-standing boutiques located in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, East Hampton, Greenwich, Houston, Malibu, Manhasset, Miami, Orange County, Palm Beach, San Francisco, Southampton, Washington D.C., Hong Kong, Tokyo, Kuwait, Dubai, Singapore, Shanghai, Doha, Taipei, Macau, Chengdu, Bangkok, and at aliceandolivia.com. alice + olivia is also available at over 800 select department and specialty stores worldwide, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Net-a-Porter, Lane Crawford, Isetan, Hankyu, Harvey Nichols, Harrods, and Galeries Lafayette.
Web / aliceandolivia.com
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Twitter / @aliceandolivia
ABOUT MURDER BRAVADO
In six notable years, contemporary creator Everard Best has designed and consulted for several esteemed brands including Off-WhiteTM, New Balance, Neiman Marcus, Puma, Alice + Olivia, Levi’s, and Mr. Porter. After launching Lease on Life Society, which gained major exposure and an enormous social media presence, Best used this platform to transition to his namesake brand, EV BRAVADO. Founded in 2016, this rapidly expanding brand hones in on carefully crafted pieces, expert garment distressing, multi-phase hand-dying, and meticulous attention to detail. These key factors set EV BRAVADO apart in a saturated menswear market. As EV BRAVADO continues to grow exponentially, its in-house team retains the same grounded outlook and mission statement of instilling faith, culture, and a handmade touch into each garment created. This past season, Ev Best embarked on a new venture, debuting the first full-scale collection under the name “WHO DECIDES WAR by MRDR BRVDO”, to set the clothes apart from the namesake and allow the garments to breathe on their own. Murder Bravado is sold at leading retailers including Mr. Porter, Barneys Japan, GR8 Tokyo, Nubian, Cherry, Detail, Ratti, and Ayin.
Web / evbravado.com
Twitter / @murderbravado