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.
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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.
Many fashion designers have Facebook, Twitter and Instagram profiles, but few actually update the account themselves. This is far from the case with Stacey Bendet of Alice + Olivia. The New-York-based designer and self-professed girly-girl is one of the most prolific Tweeters on our feed, posting outfit shots, behind-the-scenes bits and hilarious anecdotes, often more than a dozen times a day. We’ve culled some of our favorite pictures and status updates from her @alice_olivia page (and now-retired @staceybendet account).
“Note to self: massive # of bobby pins can set off airport security and no they don’t care about your hair.”
“Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.”
“Bubble gum is meant to go with champagne!”
“Ok I’m definitely the only one here in leopard tights and a leather Tshirt #juryduty”
“i just love dressing a woman like a woman.”
“Mommy why do you dye your hair? Well because I like it black Why mommy Well I guess because I’m weird! Oh! Ok!”
“Half asleep getting massage + feel little fingers poking my nose “mommy can you breathe with your face in there” not w/fingers up my nose…”
“Follow your dreams especially when they involve dressing up! #girladvice”
New York native and Alice + Olivia founder Stacey Bendet dishes on her fall inspirations.
What’s your favorite upcoming trend for fall?
Metallic bottoms! Cargos and leather too!
Name one article of clothing every woman should own.
High heels. Really high heels.
If you weren’t a fashion designer, what would you be doing?
Color therapy. Or interior design. I love designing–it can be a room, a shoe–anything! I just love making pretty things.
What’s playing on your iPod right now?
Girl Talk and Big In Japan!
Are there any trends you hope never go away?