For her new Alice + Olivia fall/winter 2015-2016 collection Stacey Bendet used references of the Sixties Mod vibes with the Seventies rock ‘n’ roll styles, unveiling an array of elaborate and glamorous designs particularly perfect for romantic date nights and special gatherings. “The story here is late ’60s, early ’70s boho with a sexy rock-and-roll vibe,” she explained her creations that were proudly unveiled on the fifth day of New York Fashion Week at the Beaux-Arts-style Prince George Hotel. “This season is about personal expression and bold femininity. It is about glamour,” she then took it to her social accounts. We can also notice beautiful Victorian motifs used throughout the collection expressed in the rich golden embroidery and the romantic jacquard designs with bold floral prints and jewels.
It’s really interesting to get acquainted with the unique interpretations of the Seventies fashion by different fashion designers and while some place the focus on suede, hippie and bohemian motifs, Stacey Bendet went for the rock ‘n’ roll attitude creating designs that are both bold and romantic. Throughout the entire collection we see lots of studs, jewels, rich tones, opulent patterns and gilded jacquard fabrics used to boost the luxury of the designs. The collection opened with a pair of black tailored short shorts with pearl detailing matched with a black turtleneck, a black shearling coat and a pair of thigh-high boots for extra boldness and sexuality. Those are the main footwear options used for almost every single look, with a few exceptions when classic pumps complete the outfits.
The overall color palette is muted to match the gloomy mood of fall and we see lots of blacks, whites and rich jewel tones, including sapphire blue, gold, burgundy and green. Deep khakis, grays and soft creams also make an appearance, and when it comes to the trending prints and patterns, think Victorian motifs and floral patterns. Great attention has been paid to small details and in line with the opulent jewels, we also discover lots of feathers and fine lace used to give texture and femininity to the pieces. Particularly spectacular is the feathery long skirt with a waist-enhancing belt that bears certain flapper style motifs, being an ideal option for different glamorous events.
While evening-ready looks seem to be the focus of the entire line, there are also understated elegant options for office wear. Pinstripe palazzo pants, skirt suits, a strapless jumpsuit and classic tuxedo suits are there catering to the style needs of the modern business ladies. Amazing outerwear is the next important aspect of the collection and here we see mostly long vests utilizing the same rich jacquard fabric and opulent patterns, often put in the same tones and designs as the outfits they come worn with.
Talking about the finishing details of the looks, in addition to the thigh-high leather boots we should mention the detailed clutches and bags, acting as real precious jewels throughout the show. Beauty wise, we saw quite identical looks to the flower embellished sleek updos and rich red lips we saw back during the Dolce & Gabbana’s SS 2015 rtw show. That not considered, the entire show was a celebration of a unique style, one that is meant to turn you into the goddess of the party!
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