Fashion Week

Alice + Olivia’s French Fantasy

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