June 03, 2012 New York
Rather than root around for new inspirations season after season, Andrea Lieberman expands on an ongoing dialogue. "A lot of my influences keep coming full circle, and I think the customer appreciates that recognizability," the stylist-turned-designer said. Her reference points for Resort include African tribalism (she spent years traveling through countries including Malawi, Tanzania, and Kenya) and Southern Californian skater culture. Pieces including a roomy utility jacket in flame red and boyish tabbed trousers with artisanal seed beading that trailed down the sides of the legs and along the back yoke had a pleasant familiarity about them. We've seen similar styles from Lieberman in the past, and retailers reportedly keep banging down her door for more. But there were also a few new elements here, which mixed well with A.L.C.'s staples. In a nod to classic notions of Resort, Lieberman added an anchor motif to her best-selling striped sweaters and experimented with a nubby linen jacquard fabric on a flirty wrap skirt. She also showed lightweight chevron-pattern silk track pants that hit on an ongoing trend and nicely exemplified the label's relaxed, approachable attitude.
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