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February 11, 2014

Runway Rundown: Alice + Olivia

Stacey Bendet says Alice + Olivia fall 2014 “is about sexiness and fantasy—luxury and decadence in a wearable way.” Designs were inspired by a poem:

Follow me through the forest deep;
Wrapped in a veil of enchanting mist, beneath the purple glow of a glimmering moon;
In our castle keep, keep safe your heart as you find all you desire.

Sharp tailoring and dreamy prints were combined with a vintage Victorian charm to capture Stacey’s point of view on free-spirited decadence.

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Miss Mosha is a fashion editor, so it’s no surprise that she has mastered the art of winter layering. Texture is such a huge trend this season, and Mosha is hitting all the major points: shearling, leather, and wool. Adding a simple belt keeps the look slim and chic.


Shop similar styles:
Printed & Patterned Sweaters | Leather Leggings | Military-Inspired Shoes

Shop our Editors’ Picks to re-create this look:

Haute Hippie Camo Sweater | Alice + Olivia Leather Leggings | Sam Edelman Boot

Alice + Olivia ‘Dina’ Pump (Online Only)

Walking into a presentation for Alice + Olivia during New York Fashion Week is much like entering a one-of-a-kind aesthetic experience. The imaginative world of Stacey Bendet envelops you, allowing the colorful textures and architectural shapes of her designs to converge into an installation of art. In celebration of Art Basel invading the shores and streets of Miami Beach, today through December 8, we asked the avid collector of culture to shed some light on the many artful objects of her affection.

THE THREAD: What first motivated you to begin building a collection of art?
STACEY BENDET: Art is really inspiration for me. I started casually collecting things when I was younger. Each year I’ll buy one or two pieces that are really special to me because of the artist, or because of the collaboration we’re doing, or just because I’m really inspired by their work. It’s a range of things. I have a table in my office by artist Liana Yaroslavsky, who creates beautiful, unique pieces from antique chandeliers. Also I collect, obviously, paintings and other things too, sculptures, all different kinds of stuff.


November 29, 2013

Top 10 Black Friday Deals

The craziest shopping day of the year is finally here! Check out The Thread‘s top 10 Black Friday deals below, then shop the full array.
Raga Animal-Print SweaterVince Camuto Gold Cuff

Raga Animal Pattern Pullover | Vince Camuto Cutout Cuff


We arrived at Alice + Olivia‘s spring presentation craving ultra feminine, decadent dresses, and left more than satiated. Creative director Stacey Bendet knows her girl: a young, carefree sophisticate who gets giddy over ruffles, lace and and beadwork. Bendet turned up the glamour this season with a prep-meets-pretty vibe, anchored on a palette of neutrals sprinkled with pastels. As always, the accessories were a big highlight—think minimalist white heels and vibrant beaded clutches.

Mary O’Regan

I know, I know, you guys have already seen several images of Kelly and Aimee this week. But how can I not snap them?! These two blogger buds always look amazing.

Kelly’s New York chic and Aimee’s L.A. cool perfectly complement one another. Today’s outfits are all about layers and urban femininity (and Aimee’s amazing studded boots!). Thanks for the inspiration, lovelies!

xo, Crystal

Shop similar styles:

Spring Trend: Aqua Hue Dresses | Colorful Handbags | Studded Shoes

Shop our Editors’ Picks to recreate this look:

Alice + Olivia Dress | Tory Burch Satchel | Dolce Vita Bootie

We’re seeing a lot of leather on the runways this season, and Alexis is showing us how it’s done on the street.

I love how she incorporated traditionally “tough girl” elements into a feminine silhouette. The monochromatic element of her look lets her gold accents shine and the texture of the leather take center stage. Well played, Mademoiselle!

xo, Crystal

Shop similar styles:

Black Michael Kors Handbags | Leather-Detail Tops | Studded Boots & Booties

Shop our Editors’ Picks to recreate this look:

MICHAEL Michael Kors Tote | Alice + Olivia Leather Collar Blouse | Steve Madden Bootie

Tienlyn is a woman of many talents, among them blogging and styling. She says Fashion Week is one of the most inspiring weeks of the year, even if it’s exhausting.

Tienlyn has a classic beauty and her style is chic and effortless. I am seriously coveting her studded leather jacket!

xo, Crystal

Shop similar styles:

Black & White Dresses | Alexander Wang Handbags | Moto-Style Jackets

Shop our Editors’ Picks to recreate this look:

Alice + Olivia Leather & Chiffon Dress | Alexander Wang Leather Satchel | Milly Perforated Leather Jacket

We scouted the streets and shows for the industry’s top movers and shakers. (click here for Part 1)

Anna Dello Russo at Rodarte (we carry this brand in selected stores)

Carine Roitfeld at Rodarte

Terry Richardson at Rodarte

Ulyana Sergeenko at Rodarte

Olivia Kim, our new director of creative projects, at Rodarte

Jennifer Wheeler, our VP of designer apparel, and Pete Nordstrom, our EVP and president of merchandising, at Rodarte

James Goldstein at Theyskens’ Theory (see our photos from the show)

Alexandra Richards at Theyskens’ Theory (see our runway photos from the show)

Model Janice Alida outside Theyskens’ Theory (see our runway photos from the show)

Actress Maggie Grace at Alice + Olivia (see our photos from the show)

Nina Garcia at 3.1 Phillip Lim (see our photos from the show)

Caroline Issa at 3.1 Phillip Lim (see our photos from the show)

Blogger Kelly Framel at 3.1 Phillip Lim (see our photos from the show)

Model Mackenzie Drazan outside 3.1 Phillip Lim (see our photos from the show)

- Mary O’Regan

Anyone up for a midnight soiree? While many designers unveiled dark, brooding, ultra-serious clothing for fall/winter 2013, Alice + Olivia‘s Stacy Bendet delivered a cork-pop of a collection infused with party girl attitude and old-school glamour. These frocks are fun, and that’s all there is to it. This season, Bendet took inspiration from early twentieth-century Parisian writer Natalie Barney, a brash feminist who hosted weekly salons for academics, artists and radicals. Bendet put a modern spin on La Belle Époque with leather bustiers, open-backed lace dresses, burnout velvet and flounced floral brocade. Joie de vivre, indeed.

Mary O’Regan