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Stacey Bendet of Alice + Olivia Tells a Tale as Old as Time

Alice + Olivia’s fall collection tells a story. “I was inspired by Salman Rushdie’s book The Enchantress of Florence,” says Stacey Bendet, the creative director and mastermind of the label. Rushdie’s book, which takes place between Renaissance Florence and Mughal India, tells the story of a woman forging her own way in a man’s world. Bendet’s collection tells a similar tale with designs that perfectly capture the feminine-masculine dichotomy and the vibrancy of the Italian Renaissance.

The fantasy and fable that has inspired Bendet’s line maintains her signature whimsy. Using vintage silhouettes, embellished fabrics and colorful prints, Bendet is true to her brand as she artfully interprets the conversation of female empowerment. Below, we caught up with the creative director to discuss the power of storytelling through design.

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Behind the Brand: Robert Rodriguez Loves Outerwear, Proportions and Volume

Robert Rodriguez’s namesake label centers on clean lines, decadent fabrics and classically tailored silhouettes. Current, never trendy, understated—but completely contemporary—the Robert Rodriguez woman is above all always true to herself.

The creative director muses on his fall collection, and his undeniable love of outerwear and volume in our interview.

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Behind the Brand: Rebecca Taylor on What Makes Fashion Feel Special

Rebecca Taylor’s feminine-chic aesthetic is an ode to her upbringing and her mother, who made a lot of the designer’s clothes growing up. We spoke with Rebecca about growing up in New Zealand, the beginning of her brand in her Brooklyn apartment and the modern versatility that makes her line endlessly appealing—plus her advice on how to be a sexy, confident woman, much like herself.

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Biko Jewelry’s Designer on Making Modern Heirlooms and The Power of Shiny Accessories

Corrine Anestopoulos is really into earrings right now: “It’s all about the statement piece—something that’s lightweight but also looks like the main event,” she says. One look at BIKO’s Joyride Stud and we agree, you should never leave the house without a pair on.

The Toronto-based jewelry designer created BIKO in 2005 to introduce what she calls “modern nostalgia,” which looks like sleek, contemporary jewelry shapes with a little vintage inspiration. From pendant necklaces to artistic studs, Anestopoulos’s handcrafted pieces are exceptionally designed and versatile above all (and a favorite of stars like singer/songwriter/dancer/producer and Robert Pattinson paramour FKA twigs).

We spoke with the stylish entrepreneur about why accessories are the most important part of any outfit.

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Eileen Fisher Designer Carmen Gama Believes Making Clothes Is a Lifelong Commitment

Where others see waste, Eileen Fisher sees possibility. The woman and her label are champions for sustainability, striving for a company that is “circular by design” (everything that is produced by the company is later recycled into new designs) in an effort to reduce the industry’s impact on our environment.

As part of her goal to be 100% sustainable by 2020, Fisher needed a groundbreaking solution for thousands of garments collected as part of the company’s recycling initiative. Designer Carmen Gama joined Fisher as one of three students selected for the CFDA’s Social Innovators Project. Gama and her Parsons classmates spent a yearlong residency with the fashion house, creating a new production concept that honors Eileen Fisher’s pledge to Mother Earth.

The Renew Collection answers the brand’s call for sustainable fashion by repurposing once-loved garments as one-of-a-kind pieces. We caught up with Gama, who is leading the design charge for the collection, to discuss her passion for responsible fashion.

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Behind the Brand: Emily Smith of Lafayette 148 New York on Defining a Signature Style

The Lafayette 148 New York woman is a BOSS. Her unyielding style relies on an expertly crafted and efficient uniform of silk blouses, tailored trousers and A-line dresses that effortlessly transition from the desk to dinner. Confidence is her signature style (so long as it comes in leathers, fine cottons and cashmeres).

Emily Smith, woman-in-charge and creative director of the label, finds her muse in this contemporary working woman. In the video below, Smith reminds us that the secret to being in charge is an unwavering authenticity and integrity.

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Season/Shift: Inside Our Fall Designer Showcase in Seattle

Hosted inside a renovated 1927 ice warehouse in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood, Season/Shift juxtaposed fashion’s forefronts in three immersive environments: the modern, romantic and avant-garde. Twenty-one models appeared in 63 looks from designers such as Calvin Klein, Chloe, Dolce & Gabbana, Dries Van Noten, Fendi, Givenchy, Marques Almeida, Monse, Roksanda, Shrimps, Simone Rocha, Stella McCartney and Valentino.

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Chris Stamp on CFDA Honors and Pioneering a New Menswear with Stampd

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Designer Chris Stamp is changing the way men dress with his label Stampd, which started as a cult brand in Los Angeles in 2011. The Stampd aesthetic involves layered, streetwear-adjacent looks with sharp tailoring and soft materials, and inspiration drawn from Copenhagen and Tokyo as much as L.A. If all that means nothing to you, peruse the Stampd lookbook images in this post. You’ll get it.

This year, Stamp has been named a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalist, making him a competitor in a prestigious battle for emerging designers. Being named a finalist is a massive honor in itself, capable of boosting careers and even pushing brands into the mainstream.

We currently offer Stampd in the men’s designer sections at our Seattle flagship store, as well as in California (South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Topanga in Canoga Park, The Grove in Los Angeles and Fashion Valley in San Diego) and in Aventura, Florida. We do not sell Stampd online. Visit any of those stores to see what hasn’t sold out yet. And keep in mind you can order any item from any store (like that bomber jacket you see above, for example) through our customer service line: 1.888.282.6060.

So you can get to know him a little better, we caught up with Mr. Stamp on the horn to talk about the Fashion Fund, what he’s working on at the moment, rap music he’s into and the rising menswear power structure in Los Angeles.

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Exploring Men’s Designer Pre-Fall 2016 Collections with the Guys Who Chose Them

Styles from our Men’s Designer pre-fall collections are now available on our site and in stores. We spoke with Designer Apparel Buyer Dan Drewes and Shoe Buyer Garrett Bean about key pre-fall pieces from Lanvin, Gucci, Belstaff, Jimmy Choo and Versace.

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We do these Lanvin biker pants pretty much every season, in some sort of new color or fabric. For fall, we have a stretch poplin and this grey check. They have details inspired by the world of cycling, with zip ankles, articulation around the knees and a reinforced seat. The Lanvin sweater is definitely a customer favorite; it comes in a crew, V, cardigan and turtleneck. It’s actually two different fabrics. If you look closely, the sleeve is solid grey and the body is heather so it’s a subtle tonal detail. We’ve seen more brands show turtlenecks lately. The nice thing about them is they’re a ’70s nod, but you can make them look really modern too. This topcoat is an amazing, tailored piece; the fit is perfect. The khaki color is a great option for fall since it’s so dark and rich; usually khaki is lighter. Especially after everything we’ve seen for the last three years has been black or navy, it’s nice to see some color without it being bright.

–Dan Drewes

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DJ Mia Moretti Curates Your Holiday Playlist

Mia Moretti With holiday parties, you set the table and then you set the mood—that calls for a different kind of platter. For some, it’s the 1960 jazz classic Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas; for others, it’s Mariah’s chart-shattering and enduring Merry Christmas. For DJ Mia Moretti, it’s a little vintage here (Betty Wright, Elvis), a bit of bleeding edge there (Florence + the Machine, Elle King), a few crate-digger rarities (Margo Guryan, The Twistin’ Kings) and even some surf rock (The Invaders) that gets the atmosphere primed for a party.

Moretti grew up a precocious Los Angeles youngster encouraged to follow her interests, which have taken her around the globe in artistic pursuit. Now she’s an on-demand DJ, opening for artists like Stevie Wonder and Katy Perry, playing festivals and industry parties and curating runway soundtracks for emerging NY designers such as Jonathan Simkhai and Timo Weiland. Each season she performs alongside violinist Margot as The Dolls for Alice + Olivia. As the New York City-based artist took a breather from Paris Fashion Week, we snagged a specially curated holiday playlist and her thoughts on music, creativity and style. Oh, and Mimi made the cut, too.

For starters, how was Fashion Week and what can we expect to see you wearing Spring 2016?

Milan and Paris fashion week were both incredible. It’s always very inspiring to see the clothes come to life on the runway the way the designer envisions them. The Philosophy show by Lorenzo Serafini was one of the collections I could see myself stepping into every piece of. It’s feminine and playful, with just the right touches of sexy. 

Can you tell me about how you chose and sequenced this playlist for The Thread?
Speaking of playful, I wanted to have a little fun with this holiday playlist. I started the set with one of my favorite Betty Wright tracks of all time, “Tonight Is The Night”. You have to listen to it for yourself, but I’ll tell you, it’s not the night before Christmas she’s singing about. This track sets the tone for the rest of the set, which is a mix of my favorite Christmas renditions by the likes of Elvis Presley, Mariah Carey and the Jackson 5, and new releases such as Florence + The Machine’s “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful”—not a traditional Christmas song, but a beautiful track with massive emotional range—just like the holidays.

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