If you need to be gloriously, full-on pretty, look no further than Tracy Reese and Alice+Olivia by Stacey Bendet. These two labels, while definitely having different sensibilities, appreciate that you’re a girl and want to dress you like one.
Alice+Olivia by Stacey Bendet: “Life’s a banquet, and most suckers are starving to death.”-Auntie Mame. Stacey Bendet’s inspiration for Alice+Olivia’s Fall Collection was a modern interpretation of Auntie Mame. To this end, her models were presented in a gilded room at the Plaza, surrounded by waiters passing champagne and chocolate, with a burlesque performance by Hazel Honeysuckle thrown in for good measure. Sequins, spangles, beading, rich metallic tweed jackets, and fur–all heaped on together–looked rich, luxe, and playful. The gold skinny pants with the patented Stacey rise and waistband were amazing, as was a relatively simple long-sleeved knee length dress covered in silver sequins.
Definitely a banquet. Add some starry appearances by Vanessa Hudgens, the Veronicas, and Johnny Weir (who would totally do justice to most of the looks in the room) and I was completely glutted. And Stacey, at eight months pregnant, looked unbelievably gorgeous in a tight sequined dress and huge platform heels, with her adorable daughter in tow.
A quick beauty note: Sally Hansen teamed up with Stacey to produce two new Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips, in “Autumn Violet” and “Liquid Metal”, which are a purple and grey-black color. They’ll be available in stores in September. In the meantime, Sally Hansen cannot keep the strips in stock in stores, and their supply was absolutely ravaged backstage at the show.
Tracy Reese: There wasn’t a specific unifying theme to Tracy’s show, and indeed, she seemed to let her mind wander freely through a few different eras and sensibilities. Not that that’s a bad thing. Chunky, boxy 80s sweaters mixed with knee length 70s skirts. The now-ubiquitous jewel tones that we’ve seen all over fall runways were there, in gorgeous teal, curry, and eggplant. The best looks were the pleated skirts and dresses that came in knee length to floor length. A fur skirt and a large cable knit print in sequins added some surprise elements to the feminine collection.
Layer on some Tracy and Stacey for fall and get your girly on.
**All photos: IMAXTREE