The serious business gets done amid the bulging racks of Fall samples at the Alice + Olivia showroom, so Stacey Bendet can use her slot in the fashion week schedule as an excuse to throw a rocking party as much as an opportunity to sell her vision to industry buyers.
This is a sizable contemporary label that caters to good-time girls—pretty young things who'd really dig a Mickey Avalon concert at hot spot du jour Provocateur (the featured entertainment at, and the setting for, tonight's presentation). With a new career-centric line debuting in the coming months and expanded knitwear offerings, the brand continues to grow, but the core look remains the same. Bendet showed a variety of itty-bitty dresses (from sexy, sequined, and body-con to a girly satin number with a sweetheart neckline and peplum waist), with chunky ribbed cardigans thrown over the models' shoulders for added attitude. "These clothes are fun," Bendet said. "They're like candy." If you go looking for deep meanings here, you'll be disappointed—but ponderous musings definitely aren't the point.