Alice + Olivia
June 22, 2010 New York
There were hits and misses here, but no point in taking it too seriously. A + O is about fun—Bendet's preferred nickname is "Staceypants," a moniker hard to imagine for anyone else—and the girls who love the label should have just that in froufrou bell-bottoms, stripey little dresses, and, for the first time, swimsuits (here in a reversible polka-dot print). Every pool party's gotta end sometime, though, hence the new line of draped jersey dresses and skirts, intended to bridge the gap between the young girls who buy Alice + Olivia's core collection and the slightly older ones who go for its career range. Something for everyone? Shrewd move. Fun is fun, but don't underestimate Staceypants.