Alice + Olivia Majors in Revolutionaries for Fall 2018

February 14, 2018 - fall Denim

School is in session.

Given that women’s preparation and a empowerment that comes with it served as impulse for Alice + Olivia’s tumble 2018 collection, it was a bit mocking that a carol “We don’t need no education” — from Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” — rained down on showgoers during a Tuesday afternoon presentation.

Line owner Stacey Bendet shortly explained, however, that a preparation she was referring to was one of a story of revolutions — in that case, a anti-establishment anthem was quite on point.  

“I’ve been so ardent about a universe right now — equal rights, equal pay, women’s reproductive rights — and we wanted to emanate something that authorised women to feel desirous though also empowered,” Bendet told THR of her jumping-off point. “I also wanted to demeanour behind and simulate on a past, to see that we can change a future. When we demeanour behind during a voting transformation and other revolutions, we see that we unequivocally can make a difference.”

For Bendet, a thought of empowerment by believe manifested in a thought of AO University, where courses enclosed a brief and stylish histories of a American and French revolutions; a 19th century ladies of Langham Place Group, who campaigned on interest of a accumulation of women’s issues; and Murasaki Shibiku, a 11th century writer who penned The Tale of Genji. Each territory perceived a possess “class room,” adjacent to a library during a opening of a presentation.

“You enter a Rainbow Library and it’s about preparation and equality,” explained Bendet of a wall-to-wall ROYGBIV books, a curtsy to the LGBTQ community. Models in a library were distant some-more stylish than a sweats-clad zombies during my possess university, donning varsity-inspired jerseys (in sequins, of course) and schoolgirl plaids that played ideally into Bendet’s signature ’70s-inspired silhouettes. “The tone palette for my university is rainbow,” she said. 


In any room, a rest of her stone ‘n’ roll-inspired pieces (which on their possess are not unknown to a core Alice + Olivia customer, who prefers a structured bell-bottom or Stevie Nicks dress to, well, everything) were tweaked somewhat to accommodate each theme. For example, dual models in a Rococo Rock ‘n’ Roll room were styled with foot-tall Marie Antoinette wigs. 

The New York-based designer, who in Nov launched AO.LA — her some-more infrequent line of denim and tees desirous by a lives of Angeleno rockers of a ’70s — combined that a grittier collection indeed desirous a bit of her tumble offering. “I felt like a AO.LA pieces gave that edge, with all these selected T-shirts cut adult with edging and studs and chains.” 

“It was critical to have that tough kind of fringed, studded leather or crazy denim,” added Bendet. “There’s a implausible trims and edging ruffles and beauty, though done tough. That to me is women right now. We can be pleasing though we can be tough.”

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