Saturday, February 25, 2012

alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet

alice + olivia's Fall 2012 Lolita-inspired collection puts the "fun" in party dressing, with full tulle skirts, sequins and metallics. Fall 2012 also marks the launch of the alice + olivia Gown collection, including an emerald green strapless peplum tiered gown, strapless black + white satin ribbon floor length gown, black sweetheart strapless gown with embellished bodice and sheer accordion pleating and black + nude lace long sleeve floor length gown with mermaid bottom and open back.

The collection also spotlights glamour with an edge, through intricate textures of boucle, leather, jacquard embroidery, brocades, tapestries and furs. The palette features bold jewel tones of rich emerald green, deep ruby red, midnight blue, lush plum, black + white color blocking, metallics and custom prints.

My favorite looks is the grey sequin puff bomber vest with fur collar, silver long sleeve sequin top and grey textured military cargo pant, with other key pieces including the cream + grey lace sleeveless top, black silk sheer tie-neck blouse and black patent leather shearling coat.

The swept-back, loose chignon is one of my favorite looks during fashion week, with hair styling by Anthony Cole for Sebastian Professional. Makeup focus was on the eyes and lips - dramatic cat eyes with a deep red lip by Sarah Lucerno for Stila Cosmetics.

alice + olivia footwear includes a pale gold metallic pump with ankle straps, red + pink patent print heel, pointed toe red patent heel with black suede colorblock, black satin pump with flower detail and Donnie lamb leather herringbone bootie.

- Kim Weling

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