Alice + Olivia is all about fun fashion, and Tuesday night’s presentation was a perfect example of that. As DJ Mia Moretti spun pop hits, accompanied by violinist Caitlin Moe, revelers—including the likes of LeAnn Rimes, Jordin Sparks, Tinsley Mortimer, Corinne Bailey Rae, Michelle Trachtenberg and Nicky Hilton—hit the bar (stocked with plenty of Veuve and Belvedere). Waiters with blended drinks from The Coffee Bean were also on hand offering fashion types a much needed boost of energy during a long week of shows.
The presentation’s backdrop was equally entertaining. Models stood on a large, raised square of Astro-Turf in the center of the Meatpacking’s Highline Stages, underneath large white gazebos and bird cages. Our favorite prop was a large tree in the center of the presentation with the brand’s candy colored shoes dangling down from the branches. “I wanted it to be a very secret garden,” said Stacey Bendet, who got into the spirit by wearing colorful flowers and feathers in her hair. “There are a lot of flowers and it’s just supposed to have this very kind of fun, happy uplifting feel,” she said. The cheerful looks channeled Palm Beach in the 1960’s with poppy colored shifts, floral maxi dresses, jersey jumpsuits, and a striking pair of black and white striped wide legs that Bendet does so well.
“When she first started I used to buy her signature bell bottoms out of her apartment,” Nicky Hilton told us. Accessories, like colorful wide brimmed hats and pastel scarves done in collaboration with Gene Meyer, topped off the looks. For party girls, the collection offered a wealth of frilly evening wear since Bendet is aiming to reach out to a larger consumer base. “Any woman that walks into our store and wants to look pretty, sexy, or cool will find something,” said Bendet. After seeing her 42 spring looks, we have to agree.