Beyond the signature eccentric flair in her designs for Alice + Olivia, American designer Stacey Bendet’s jet setting lifestyle provides plenty of inspiration for her designs too. The brand’s Spring/Summer ’19 collection, a team-up with travel giant Booking.com, was represented by seven different locations — Paris, Provence, Marrakesh, Positano, Careyes, Tokyo, and the brand’s make-belief fantasy world of Wonderland, which also lent its name to the collection.
“I’m excited to merge the world of travel with fashion, to highlight the influence travel has on personal style and to give women from all walks of life a way to connect with clothing,” says the 41-year-old designer.
Aptly titled “Passport to Wonderland”, the Spring/Summer ’19 collection encapsulated the essence of each city rendered through Bendet’s maximalist design vocabulary. Above, at her New York Fashion Week’s presentation of the collection at Pier 59 Studios, she segmented the presentation space into seven sections, each one with vignettes representing a different destination.
In the fictional Parisian Café du Stace, flowy handkerchief hem dresses and skirts that appear to have been created from patchworks of scarves allude to the quintessential style of a French woman.
Cornflower blue and white toile prints complement languid silhouettes to evoke the romantic charm of the sun-drenched city of Provence tucked away in southern France. Beyond the floral prints, the collection also features a mischievous play on feathers and poodle prints.
The traditional ethnic patterns of Marrakesh add visual appeal to the fuss-free silhouettes of contemporary ready-to-wear pieces — each piece, a statement-maker on its own.
An abundance of rosebud prints primarily in a red colour palette calls to mind the romance of the picturesque Italian village.
The exuberance of Mexico’s streets are captured in this segment as Bendet remembers some of the traditional crafts with their intricate hand-crochet and embroidered details and vibrant colours.
Bendet’s take on the enigmatic and high-octane city of Tokyo is reinterpreted through pieces adorned with graphic prints, heavy embellishment and bold stripes.
Paying homage to the graphic ’80s, the house’s make-belief fantasy world features a bold monochromatic stripe suit, an ultra-sexy mini dress, while loud neon yellow pieces juxtapose against a billowy tulle gown.
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