Alice + Olivia Pre-Fall 2016 Collection

Just in time for college finals and the end of the fall semester, Alice + Olivia decided to focus on a studious pre-fall collection. Stacey Bendet, designer for the brand, decided to create the Alice + Olivia pre-fall 2016 line with the idea of a “chic librarian or school girl studying at the library.” And, of course, we were treated to a line of clothes created for a fun, girly, sexy crowd.

Alice + Olivia Pre-Fall 2016 Collection

The collection seemed to take inspiration from a mix between the ‘60s and ‘70s, bringing in some of the biggest trends we saw on the runways this past year. So it is clear the brand saw what worked well in the fashion industry, and decided to create an entire collection from it.

Bendet didn’t limit the clothes to just the trends that have made a major runway comeback, however, as some garments featured aspects like embroidered denim, which hasn’t had a great deal of stage time in the years past. In this way, the collection was a more inclusive peek into the past, and with the timeless styling and retro photoshoot, the pictures almost seemed more like a campaign than a pre-season release.

The retro looks with their sometimes not-so-trendy trends edged into territory, which is now commonly referred to as “grandma-chic,” a term recently used by Alessandro Michele of Gucci, and now by Bendet to describe parts of this new line. And with the throwback ‘60s and ‘70s flare, I’d say that term is rightly used.

It is interesting the youthful brand would choose to go in such a drastic direction, since the quirks may not sit well with A+O customers. There are certainly women jumping for joy with this collection’s release, but there are likely others still who are thrown off by the stylistic decisions made for this pre-season. Perhaps it is the head-to-toe styling or the setting of the photoshoot that makes the collection seem stuck in the past, but it is easy to pick out specific trends.

Embroidered denim made a comeback in the late ‘90s to early 2000s, and has more recently created a bit of a stir with DIY trends, but there hasn’t been much motion to see this trend come back into style, so it was an interesting aspect to see. It could be an allusion to Bendet’s heavy use of embroidery that was introduced in the spring 2016 collection, but the point of placement is certainly a cause for pause.

There wasn’t a distinct focus on this trend, however, which thankfully allowed for more room to add in some truly stunning pieces, like the floor length gowns and flirty party dresses. These pieces had the wow factor you would expect going into an A+O showing, and of course they employed light fabrics that will help customers wear their new clothes through the transition between summer and fall.

The sheer fabrics and light color palette has you almost feeling the distinct breeze of summer, giving the perfect glimpse into what your future could be like wearing these flowing dresses.

Photos courtesy of Vogue

Recent Posts

Glamorous Celebrity Side Part Hairstyles

The time of center-parting is long gone. Many celebrities are rocking side part hairstyles and we have to admit they look insanely gorgeous. Just a small change can mean a lot. That is how changing...

History of the Best of Celebrity Fashion in the Hamptons

The favorite celebrity vacation destination is the Hamptons. This part of Long Island is known for its glamour and A-list guests. Many celebrities own astonishing vacation villas in the Hamptons. Here you will find endless...

IVY PARK’s Fall/Winter 2017 Lookbook

Beyonce’s activewear brand slowly takes over the sports fashion scene. In the last couple of years, the revenues of the sportswear brands drastically rose. The athleisure trend changed the idea of sporty. Thanks to this...

Off-White™ And Colette Released The “SCULPTURE” Capsule

The trendiest store in the world Colette and Off-White collaborated on a capsule collection. The iconic Parisian retailer tapped the emerging designer Virgil Abloh and his brand to create a limited-edition line. The main reason...

How To Do Neutral Makeup Like a Celebrity

Bold makeup looks are all about transformation. The neutral makeup, on the other hand, enhances your natural beauty. Sometimes the neutral makeup doesn’t mean less makeup. Nowadays we have so many products to choose from...