5 posts tagged "A.L.C."
Retailers have a soft spot for exotic spots. Leopard was ubiquitous yet again this season, but there is absolutely zilch new about it. The cure for our animal-print ennui came in the form of Fall’s fresh-looking zebra stripes. The graphic zigzags were rendered glam at Emilio Pucci, Tom Ford, and Versace, and casual at Sacai (left), Joseph, and A.L.C. Designers incorporated the black and white streaks into accessories, too. Katie Grand went wild for the pattern with her second Hogan collaboration, and Alice + Olivia’s adorable zebra-shaped cross-body bag also turned heads.
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Checking out all of the new, covet-worthy accessories on the Spring runways, I’ve already replaced quite a few items on my lengthy must-have list (Prada’s Tin Lizzie engine heels, hello). But I’m still harboring a fetish with the chic handcuffs from the Louis Vuitton and Givenchy Fall collections. Unfortunately, I can’t afford to get my hands on those big-ticket extras without ending up in a real pair of police handcuffs. Enter Andrea Lieberman’s reasonably priced line of jewelry ($95-$495) for her label A.L.C. After starting small for Resort with simple tennis bracelets and pendant necklaces, Lieberman is ramping up her offerings for Spring, showing pieces like a sleek double bondage bracelet in polished brass, above, that screws open at the side (no locks or keys here). “I used a lot of bondage elements and softened them to be more feminine,” she told Style.com. Another standout was the silver cuff with linked shark mouths chomping on ceramic Swarovski pearls. “Like a lot of pieces in the collection,” Lieberman said, “it’s lovely from afar and a little bit dangerous up close.”
A.L.C. jewelry can be purchased in late October at Barneys.
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.
Why: After spotting this bit of genius on a young designer at the CFDA nominations Monday night, I haven’t been able to get it out of my head. (The wearer bought it not knowing that the
label’s mysterious acronym stood for Andrea Lieberman Collection. Speaks volumes, no?) From the celebrity stylist’s debut range, the whisper-thin leather topper is lined with soft jersey and has sweatshirting inserts under the arms, making it the rare combination of super-sleek and super-comfortable. In short: something you’d want to put on everyday—making the price more palatable after you calculate cost per wear.
Where: $1,100. At Barneys New York, www.barneys.com, and www.lagarconne.com.