On Our Radar: A.L.C. By Andrea Lieberman
On the radar? Actually, A.L.C. usually skates somewhere below the radar—chalk it up to a low-profile designer (celebrity stylist Andrea Lieberman, the A.L. of the name) and no on-schedule presentations during New York fashion week. But A.L.C., which sells at stores like Barneys and Intermix, is good without the fanfare, as I was reminded when I stopped by their showroom to see the Resort and Holiday collections. The goods are easy, casual, and unusually affordable (most pieces under $500), which means plenty of jersey throughout. Jersey dressing is something a lot of labels are experimenting with these days, but Lieberman’s got a sharp eye for details. A T-shirt dress, for example, in the longer-skirted silhouette I’m seeing more and more of, looks plain enough from the front, but the good stuff’s visible from behind—a sexy diving neckline and geometric cutout at the lower back. Cutouts, in fact, keep much of the collection looking sharp, from the lace panels that liven up the Holiday dresses to the hip-line gap that adds a bit of pop to an otherwise business-as-usual gray heathered sweatshirt.