Stacey Bendet’s Spring Summer 2017 collection for alice + olivia is set in the romantic mystic gardens of Bomarzo in Rome, where the power of interpretation wanders free. Inspired by 18th century tarot cards and the elements of the sun, moon, earth, air and fire, the collection represents the power of positivity and the ability to connect with one’s higher self; to venture into a divine yet mysterious rainbow filled fairytale. For Bendet, this collection balances a modern take on vintage Italian romance, with a touch of the strong, modern transcendent woman who roams the city’s streets.
Comprised of an eclectic mix of pieces and a sharp palette of rainbow tones amongst black, white and neutrals, Bendet has created a serene fantasy with a hint of darkness.
The collections’ foundation is built on the juxtaposition of ethereal silhouettes in bright hues with dark compliments. Rainbow tones include pink, poppy, green, indigo and violet, contrasted by graphic black and white stripes. The intricate details feature lace and embroidery, amid ribbon trims and some hints of 80’s inspired studs and gem embellishments. Beaded and printed birds illustrated by artist Elizabeth
Graeber allude to the idea of letting oneself roam free while playing in the magical gardens.
Silhouettes range from classic embellished evening dresses, wide leg pants including gaucho shapes, patchwork and studded bombers, sexy one shoulder cuts and ‘night out’ tops, embroidered jackets, and jumpsuits that can be interpreted as a modern day gown. A range of diverse separates allow for a creative take on the suit and the freedom to mix, match and layer effortlessly, adding a sense of individuality.
Textured accessories show attention to detail, continuing the colorful palette and refined details seen throughout the ready to wear. Handbags range from tarot card printed oversized leather clutches, large structured color-blocked bowlers with brass detailing and wood combo box clutches.
An exciting addition to her already versatile collection, Bendet debuts a playful assortment of eyewear this season, building on the idea of a woman’s power to style her own look. Reminiscent of Bendet’s signature “Stace Face” look, the collection consists of sunnies in bold shapes including oversized cat eye, butterfly and 80’s inspired round frames. Rhinestone, stud, and color-blocked details bring original elements to the fun silhouettes.
A strong woman not only has the beauty of interpreting life’s messages, but seeks instant gratification when defining her vision. Bendet makes that possible this season with a collection of “see now, buy now” pieces, including several classic silhouettes such as a black jumpsuit and color-blocked sweater. Within the “see now, buy now” collection, Bendet introduces the “#LoveYourself” capsule, comprised of
additional classic pieces with a fun twist. #LoveYourself styles include a white button down shirt and black leather jacket, with phrases like “Love Yourself,” and “Always Right” embroidered across the back, and a variety of customizable denim that can be personalized with monogrammed phrases, names or initials. All alice + olivia “see now, buy now” pieces can be purchased immediately on aliceandolivia.com, at alice + olivia boutiques, and through select retail partners.