NYFW: Alica & Olivia FW24 Collection

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The mission of the FW24 Collection of Alice and Olivia is one that is near and dear to my heart: Fashion as art. I remember one of my favorite lines from The Devil Wears Prada had been “What these designers did was better than art, because you live your life in it.” Similarly Alice and Olivia creative designer and CEO Stacey Bendet states: “Fashion is art, the clothes we design are meant to be a wearable creative expression….”

Drawing from this notion, the Fall 2024 collection from alice + olivia revisits various significant visual art movements, serving as a reminder that fashion is truly an art form.

I resonate with this statement so much. With the internet and increasing emphasis on virality, fashion seems to only live in glimpses and dictated by those popular at the current moment in time. To me, personally, it represents more than an industry, or even a passion, but a lifestyle and I am so happy that someone is truly giving a voice to the PROCESS and intrinsic beauty behind the thing that so many people directly or indirectly have revolved their lives around.

“People are influenced by daily social-media trends, which can be so transient. I want to create more awareness for the time, detail, and creativity that designers put into each piece of clothing we make. I hope our alice + olivia community collects pieces from this collection like pieces of art! Yes, we have casual jeans and beautiful tailored trousers, but the idea is that they can all be styled uniquely and that they’re shown alongside elaborate statement pieces. I am continuously inspired by the convergence of fashion and art….” says Stacey Bendet.

The presentation this season was bustling, and was similar to walking through museum exhibits- if the museum had a DJ and cocktails. As an homage to the arts, with vignettes representing different genres of art through the ages—’60s Pop-Art, ’70s abstract murals, ’80s graffiti art, ’90s photography, a cloud room representing AI, an old master surrealist moss sculpture garden, and a bow moment symbolic of timeless fashion as its own art… These intricate sets create the very creative backdrops for what Bendet describes as modern mod looks, ladylike and timeless with an artistic twist!

“A collaboration with Tom Wesselmann based on his three paintings, Limitless, Still Life, and Natural Beauty, are the basis for the pieces featured throughout the collection. Wesselmann is an iconic artist heavily associated with the Pop-Art movement of the ’60s. His work includes collages and abstract assemblages of everyday objects. To coincide with a life retrospective of his work later this year, the collection, shown against alice + olivia’s printed and 3d versions of his paintings, brings his art to life in the form of engineered print and knit dresses, incredibly embellished skirts, as well as standout illustrated figurines from his paintings in pop-art colors.”

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“Throughout the collection, we find styling inspiration rooted in the iconic moments of the ’60s pop era. From impeccably tailored tweed suits that pay homage to old-world glamour of days gone by, to standout crystal and pearl-covered capes paired effortlessly with modern wide-leg pleated pants, the styling of the collection seamlessly merges past and present. Shimmering sequined suits, skirts, and swing coats feel fresh and cool and the must-have baggy jeans of the season are juxtaposed with exquisite bouclé jackets. Sensual and striking jersey dresses for evening wear, which Bendet explores with her trademark vibrant and imaginative flair. From the retro 60s feeling sequined and tweed jackets to metallic jacquard gowns, the pieces exude opulence and refinement with a creative twist. Boucle color block jackets and skirts offer a contemporary take on classic elegance, while bow- front capes and wide-leg pants evoke a sense of timeless charm. A “stace face” embellished brocade skirt is truly art unto itself!”

Indeed, from my personal opinion, the pieces themselves highlighted the dualities of fashion and how “contrast” of the old and new, the fitted with the oversized, the glam with the sporty, can come together to create something uniquely its own. There were pieces that gave me a classic retro elegance, speaking very Chanel and Audrey Hepburn inspirations to me with the tweed and tailored pieces such as the sailor jackets. Accessories were over sized such as the pearl accessories and bows, lots and lots of bows, but in a chic and fresh way, not your pageant visual representations. Then there was literal art, as displayed on the prints featuring Wesselmanns work in various motifs. As mentioned there were plenty of textural elements that were used, such as the glam rock sequins and embellishing, to fun fringe, and sleek leather and satin pieces. Finally, there was of course sex appeal presented to us in various ways through sheer lacy pieces, figure-framing corsets, and tasteful cuts and slits.

The 1960s artist Tom Wesselmann once said, “the challenge for an artist is always to find your own way of doing something,” a sentiment that resonates with fashion design today.

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What I love about alice + olivia is that there is such a clear and evident brand DNA and yet these collections always seem to cater to every type of woman. From pretty girly girl to the badass edgy New Yorker, from the fashion purist who thrives on neutrals and classic pieces to the trendsetter and bold forward thinker. I think there are styles that transcend a specific niche and simply come down to the wearable art, no matter what your tastes.

“Art and fashion are continuously evolving into the future and revisiting the past. Both require time and attention, possessing the power to delight and inspire. The alice + olivia Fall24 collection reminds us that fashion is a thoughtful, creative inspiring art form!”

“alice + olivia worked with Too Faced on creating the perfect makeup inspired by the art filled collection, the PopArtEye and PopArtLip, with elements like a bold red lip and 1960s blue studio eye and luscious lashes by Pro Lash. The hair looks, created by Aveda, continued the ’60s theme with side part ponytails with high volume, and high buns.”

As we know, it’s all in the details and this year alice + olivia didn’t cut corners on a single one.

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