Stacey Bendet, the designer behind Alice and Olivia, creates dress designs with an almost flapper era flair. Her dresses are very colorful and shiny with sequins or sheer with lace. They are great expressions of an extroverted sense of style and are always party ready. In fact they are so complete in their design that sometimes it is best to forego accessories and let the dresses speak for themselves!
And this sense of flair was very evident in her presentation at the Fall Ready-to-Wear show in New York. Her prolific collection features 121 dresses in bright colors and various styles. A brown / beige mid-thigh length dress with the image of falling diamond shapes in balck, white, and brown gathering at the hemline is form fitting and fun. Marry it with mid-calf beige boots with brown trim and a brown sweater jacket with a fur collar to create a fun and dynamic look that is as at home at a party as it is in a professional setting. Keeping on with the brown / beige theme, another great selection is a dress featuring a pinkish tan silky top melding into a flirty skirted bottom in medium brown with sequins for that special flair. This is a young look that will turn heads in almost any setting.
Another sexy dress selection is a grey pencil skirted dress with a white bustier top. The skirted part features horizontal striped designs in darker grey circling the entire skirt with hints of pink and blue. This dress is great for a sunny day or for an elegant evening of cocktails and dancing. The silk Dina beaded blouson dress with thin shoulder straps and falling to mid-thigh gives the appearance of almost being a muted leopard print. You can party hard in this one from late summer right into the fall. And the halter maxi dress in blue with large diamond shape designs in orange, red, pink, and purple is as perfect for entertaining at home as it is for wearing out to an early fall dinner party.
One of the most interesting dresses in the collection is the Bree tie-dye silk one shoulder dress. It features folded pleats, a sash at the side of the waist, a double layered wrap effect skirt, and it is fully lined. It is stunning in muted blue and white tones, definitely a dress with which to experience the best that night life has to offer. And if the one shouldered look is what you covet, then the one shoulder goddess dress is for you. Done in a shiny light brown this draped dress hugs the female form like a glove.
The Maddie shirtdress is perfect for the business woman who likes to play. It is black with a white shirt top and a white spread collar. It has three quarter sleeves with rolled cuffs and comes with an ivory leather belt with a silvertone buckle at the natural waist. The fitted ruched skirt creates a sexy, yet professional, look.
Alice and Olivia dresses are available from her own store and from upscale department and specialty stores as well.