By Tina Smithers, Guest Blogger & Fashion Week Correspondent [Ruby Slippers NYC]
Always a Fashion Week favorite, alice + olivia's Spring 2011 presentation was by far the most stunning spectacle of the week-long event, in my little opinion. Decor was sparse in the spacious warehouse-like venue of NYC's Cedar Lake, but the energy knew no bounds. Only the essentials were present—row upon row of brightly colored mixed drinks, a glittering platform filled with paparazzi near the red carpet (assembled for only the most influential of arrivals—Nicky Hilton, Denise Richards, Mad Men's Elizabeth Moss, among others) and a DJ booth where one of my personal favorites was spinning tunes, Gabe Saporta of Cobra Starship.
Oh. And one minor detail. Toward the back of the venue was a stage that resembled some sort of retro-style burlesque parlor. I fell in love with what I saw. Model after model wearing quirky-glam confections of sparkles, lace, ruffles and feathers, mixed with the brightest of colors and boldest of prints. Picture last year's bohemian-hippie obsession on crack with a sprinkle of ultra-feminine details. Carrie Bradshaw but way cooler. Handkerchief hems, high waists and big, oversized accessories. Oh. My.
The models resembled the cool girls from the 1970s (Milla Jovovich, Dazed & Confused, thankyouverymuch), but with a whisper of innocence clouding their strong presence. Soft hair and coral-colored pouts, courtesy of Ric Pipino for Revolution In Cut and MAC Cosmetics, respectively. At the end of the night, in her usual fashion, a+o designer Stacey Bendet left me wanting more.
Photo Credit: Tina Smithers