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Fashion Bytes: Alice + Olivia’s Open House Party at New York Fashion Week

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Welcome to Fashion Bytes, a cheat sheet for your favorite runway designers. From style inspirations to behind-the-scenes scoops, here’s everything worth knowing at New York Fashion Week Spring 2018.

The brand: Alice + Olivia

The history: When the first Alice + Olivia collection debuted in 2002, the event took place at the storied Russian Tea Room and featured celebrity models (such as Paris Hilton) wearing hand-painted designer pants … and not much else. The perfectly cut trousers sold out fast and paved the way for a full women’s collection including clothes, shoes and accessories. Fast-forward 15 years, and the Alice + Olivia brand has kept its butt-boosting pants, its life-of-the-party vibe and its gallery cred, enlisting collaborators like the estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat for limited-edition pieces.

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Alice + Olivia Dresses Up for a NYFW Story Hour

Perhaps more than any other designer in fashion, Alice + Olivia’s Stacey Bendet loves a fairy tale. Each season she takes a page or two from a storybook saga and brings it to life—for her popular and well-attended presentations, and for the shift dresses and jumpsuits that arrive at our stores all season long.

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Fall 2017’s storyline is borrowed from Salman Rushdie’s The Enchantress of Florence. The novel travels from the Mughal empire to Medici-era Italy and beyond, so the room was lavishly adorned with oversized tapestries and gilded mirrors, and the tunics and maxis were embroidered with rich colors and lots of embellishments. And the hair was like … tousled in Tuscany.

And it was Valentine’s Day. So there was that.

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Positively Clairvoyant by stila at Alice + Olivia | Backstage Beauty

In case you missed it, our resident Fashion Month foot soldier (editor-on-the-ground Laura Cassidy) reported on Alice + Olivia’s Sacred-Grove-inspired presentation on Tuesday. Now, we’re catching up with Sarah Lucero, lead artist at stila, to chat about how she created a makeup look to match the over-the-top old world kitsch and all that embroidery.

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All photos by Masha Maltsava

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To riff on Alice + Olivia creative director Stacey Bendet’s love of turbans, long, loose waves and spiritual positivity, Sarah drew inspiration from tarot card readers of the 1800s.

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Alice + Olivia: Tough Girl Embroidery You Can Wear Right Now (Or At Least Really Soon)

If Fashion Week timelines make you crazy and the idea of waiting until February for the dress you’re seeing all over your Instagram feed feels like a form of torture, get ready for an antidote. We worked with Alice + Olivia designer Stacey Bendet to get you a handful of key see-now, wear-now looks from Tuesday’s presentation.

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From our hot-off-the-runway capsule collection from Alice + Olivia’s spring collection.
All images by Kirby Calvin

Stacey’s into embroidery right now—it’s an extension of the collection’s overall inspiration, which came from fairy tales and elaborate gardens, specifically a place in Italy called Bomarzo. Oh, and rainbows. But these covetable, ready-right-now looks are all about the kind of statement-making girl who’s tough enough for all that, and a black leather jumpsuit (above, left).

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Stila’s Rock ‘n’ Rollers at Alice + Olivia’s New York Fashion Week Show | Backstage Beauty

This post first appeared on our Beauty Blog. 

Alice and Oliva embraced the gritty side of the ’70s movement, enlisting Sarah Lucero for Stila to create a look that embodied a mysterious gypsy with a mischievous side.IMG_4027

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New York Fashion Week Last Looks: Yesterday’s Runways at Rodarte, Narciso Rodriguez, Alice + Olivia and Tory Burch

A simple color scheme doesn’t always mean plain clothing, something demonstrated by Rodarte’s fall collection, which proved the power of texture.

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Designing siblings Kate and Laura Mulleavy are prone to referencing a medley of influences, invariably taking us into a world of eccentric fantasy. This season, San Francisco, art nouveau and their golden years at Berkeley fused into a hard take on lace frills. The frenzy of embellishment began with skirts featuring ruffled piping in alternating patches of leather and Western-style sequins, while lace and mesh were worked into every form, from ’80s-style joggers to tiered bridal dresses hand-embroidered with sequined flowers. Mismatched earrings in every shape and size carried the mélange of moodiness down to the details.

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Nine Bomber Jackets to Feed Your Bomber Jacket Lust

If a single piece of clothing could signify this moment in time—could represent early 2016 and the current winter-into-spring era—it would be the bomber jacket. It works equally well for men and women, and as a cardigan-like layer or true protection against the elements.

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Chloé reversible embroidered tech satin bomber

Just about every designer showed some variation of this timeless staple during the last round of Fashion Weeks, so now that all those want-worthy spring styles are showing up in our stores, we’ve only seen the beginning of bombermania.

Starting with the richly ornate and totally cozy olive-green Chloé number above, we selected our top nine iterations of this must-have-right-now topper.

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stila for Alice + Olivia | Backstage Beauty

new-york-fashion-week-beauty-makeup-alice-and-olivia-4new-york-fashion-week-beauty-makeup-alice-and-olivia-1An eye that looked like a jewel was the focal point of the desert-goddess look backstage at Alice + Olivia today. Created by stila Cosmetics and inspired by the clothing collection’s warm tangerine tones, the color and texture of gold took center stage, giving the models a cool, desert-girl vibe.

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Street Style: Yoyo at Dior

I love the genre mashup of delicate femininity and tough-girl chic in Yoyo’s outfit. Of course, genre mixing has always been one of my favorite style tricks in the book! Yoyo’s layered, pleated full skirt is a work of art and a beautiful statement piece. A slim moto jacket and tall boots toughen up the look.

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Shop similar styles:
Pleated Skirts | Tall Suede Boots | Moto Jackets

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

Alice + Olivia ‘Nicole’ Skirt | Paul Green Knee-High Boot | BLK DNM Leather Jacket

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Street Style: Shiona at Just Cavalli

By now, everyone knows how much I love Shiona Turini and her megawatt smile. Of course, it helps that she also has impeccable style. I love that Shiona doesn’t shy away from color, and today she really stood out. Her bright trousers and crop top make me wish spring was here already. A military-inspired coat, emblazoned with butterflies, amps up the springtime vibes.

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Shop similar styles:
Blue Crop Tops | Colorful Trousers | Military Jackets

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

Alice + Olivia ‘Kylnn’ Crop Top | Trouvé Pleated Pants | Valentino Butterfly Drill Jacket

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