Alice + Olivia
February 11, 2013 New York
Elsewhere, there were boiled wools, bouclé, popcorn knits with embedded pearls, bonded-leather knit jackets, laser-cut and embroidered leather pants, and a panoply of laces and brocades. Not all the looks were as texturally dense—there was a slouchy little beaded suit, and the most memorable outfit matched a simple navy turtleneck with a gown-size skirt in a vivid tropical print. These were outliers, though, which speaks to Bendet's devotion to multiplicity. It may not spell coherence, but as a strategy, it's rather sly—no matter your personal style, you'd have been hard-pressed not to find something here you liked, whether it was the cool bonded-knit motorcycle jacket, or the metallicized ski sweater, or a little brocade tee, or a boudoir-ish feather-trimmed frock from the Alice + Olivia eveningwear capsule. Bendet offers an array of propositions and invites girls to pick and choose.