Fashion designer, New York native, Ashtanga yoga enthusiast, wife, and mother Stacey Bendet founded alice + olivia in 2002 with a quest to create the perfect pair of pants.
Bendet’s showed her first designs to a crowd of fashion industry insiders and celebrities at the Russian Tea Room that year, a “just pants” collection introducing the label’s signature low-rise, slim-fitting “Staceypants” in bright colors and funky patterns.
Today Stacey managed to expand alice + olivia into a full lifestyle brand to include evening wear, career, footwear and accessories, in addition to the a+o signature collection — all clear expressions of her love of vintage and all things feminine.
Started at New York’s Barneys, now is sold in over fifty countries.
On Tuesday, she presented her new collection for Autumn Winter 16/17. Even though 70’s continued to be big theme this year Stacey always has a dash of that era in her collections but this time, everything was about 70’s.
Some of the looks were punk-inspired like black and white stripe suit but the rest was just made for the trip to the disco -embossed green leather skirt, an embroidered flare-sleeve coat. Another highlight was a long-sleeve geometric-print gown inspired by Frank Stella.
My favourite look was long floral dress paired with short, patched denim jacket.