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Alice + OliviaFall Winter 2014 New York

Runway Review
2/10/2014 Natalie Cantell

The pop-up children’s books of Benjamin Lacombe inspired Stacey Bendet’s incredibly ambitious AW14 presentation. It was the type of elaborate affair that could only ever have been created off-site, and so the McKittrick Hotel was transformed into a broken down palace come curiosity shop that for one night only would house dark fairytales to a scale that had to be seen to be believed.

Doll-like models were sprinkled throughout the moody, maze-like showing, with huge and intricate sets created from antique furniture, hundreds of piled apples, origami, books, a glass coffin, even a precariously balanced sleigh.

The fanciful collection is difficult to sum up - while all feeling very much like Bendet it was diverse, if somewhat distracted. Arguably the range had a vaguely dark, Victorian feel, we’re talking lace, fox fur and brocade throughout. There were some inconsistencies however, the odd ‘70s pantsuit and a full ‘50s skirt straight out of Grease made for unexpected inclusions, as did a somewhat mod black and white matching skirt and sweater. However the wearable drama loved by Alice & Olivia customers was on offer in spades, and overall the spectacle (and the crowd) was such that no-one demanded explanation.

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2/10/2014 Natalie Cantell

The pop-up children’s books of Benjamin Lacombe inspired Stacey Bendet’s incredibly ambitious AW14 presentation. It was the type of elaborate affair that could only ever have been created off-site, and so the McKittrick Hotel was transformed into a broken down palace come curiosity shop that for one night only would house dark fairytales to a scale that had to be seen to be believed.

Doll-like models were sprinkled throughout the moody, maze-like showing, with huge and intricate sets created from antique furniture, hundreds of piled apples, origami, books, a glass coffin, even a precariously balanced sleigh.

The fanciful collection is difficult to sum up - while all feeling very much like Bendet it was diverse, if somewhat distracted. Arguably the range had a vaguely dark, Victorian feel, we’re talking lace, fox fur and brocade throughout. There were some inconsistencies however, the odd ‘70s pantsuit and a full ‘50s skirt straight out of Grease made for unexpected inclusions, as did a somewhat mod black and white matching skirt and sweater. However the wearable drama loved by Alice & Olivia customers was on offer in spades, and overall the spectacle (and the crowd) was such that no-one demanded explanation.


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