WWD reports that Payless and Alice + Olivia will team up next year, marking the fourth diffusion line for the mass market brand. Abaete, Lela Rose, and Patricia Field have Payless collections already. The latest announcement comes after a fame rush for Alice + Olivia, which began when The Times profiled designer Stacey Bendet , and spiraled as Mena Suvari cheered the A+O runway, Sarah Jessica Parker sported an A+O silver dress on the red carpet, and multiple sightings of A+O dresses on celebrities became more common than Lohan boy toys. The yellow slip dress worn by Hayden Panetierre and Eva Longoria is a good example. One can't help but wonder if Stacey's celebrity fans helped Payless take notice, and leads us once again to this question: If a famous person wears a brand, will you wear it, too? As for the actual shoes in the collection, they're not even designed yet, but here's what we're hearing: metallics.
I was reasonably sure when I walked into the Alice + Olivia presentation that I wouldn’t be seeing much white minimalism. I was correct. Gold glitter covered every surface, and Stacey Bendet was dressed in a silver twinkling bolero, black sparkly beaded dress, and bejeweled hair piece. Even her eyelids were glittery. I got to chat with her for a few minutes, feeling quite bland in my black and grey ensemble. Thank goodness my earrings were sparkly. Fashionista: So tell me about the collection: Stacey Bendet: The whole concept of the show was supposed to be this sort of timeless travel. The feel is a mix of '50s, '60s, '70s and I wanted everything to be mixed and matched in a way that it all felt fresh, but each piece you’re not sure when it came from. It’s very cool and detailed and classic, and I want you to be able to pick it up and wear it ten years from now.