Summary: If Stacey Bendet of Alice + Olivia had a theme song, it would clearly be “I Enjoy Being a Girl” from the old Rogers and Hammerstein musical. The eternal advocate of things ruffly, pretty and determinedly girly, Bendet never met a party dress she couldn’t turn out masterfully. And her Spring ’13 collection was no exception. After gleaning inspiration from 1960’s garden party last spring, for next season she turned back the clocks even further to the “Golly Gee Whiz!” era of the prim and proper 1950’s. Complete with cat eye glasses, cardigans and coke machines, its was fab 50’s fanfare at it’s best.
Models draped themselves over vintage furniture in circle skirts and pedal pushers. Dressier pieces included a wildly printed, high-collared red and white floral gown that resembled a 1950’s house dress, frothy blue and white layers that resembled a china pattern, and a gorgeous silver ball gown skirt that glimmered subtly under the track lighting. Cute little accents included A+O bags that ranged from clutches to carryalls, crayola-colored pointy-toed pumps and even little clear plastic boxes containing complementary-colored candy. And speaking of sweets, this is the first time Alice + Olivia has teamed up design-wise with their longtime snack partner, Magnum Ice Cream. Bendet created exclusive items in the Ice Cream Bar’s signature black and gold packaging, and presented them alongside the ever present Magnum ice cream cart. All in all, Bendet always plays the perfect hostess to her own party with her cute and kitschy set ups, her champagne and ice cream, and above all, her ability to keep reinventing her girlish wares over and over again.
Colors: Silver, gold, pale blue, turquoise, navy, black, white, orange, poppy, green, mint, yellow, pink, cream, pale blue, tangerine, blush, red, polka dot, rainbow striped, leopard print, creamsicle, metallic, beige, chocolate brown
Fabrics and Textures: silk, chiffon, lightweight tweed, feathers, lace embroidery, satin, tulle, jacquard, cotton, gazar, silk charmeuse, cotton, beading, nylon, knit
Key Looks: Metallic ballgown skirt, Tiered ruffle dress with blue and white floral pattern, Candy stripe mini dress, Black and gold Magnum Ice Cream collaboration bow-tie front blouse, Black and white floral print peplum corset, Poppy and white pop art dress
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