7 posts tagged "A.L.C."
Fashion collaborations are a dime a dozen these days, but every once in a while, we come across one that just makes sense. The latest case in point is A.L.C. x Robert Clergerie. As a longtime fan of the renowned footwear brand (creatively helmed by current artistic director Roland Mouret), designer Andrea Lieberman jumped at the opportunity to join forces with Clergerie on a limited-edition style that complements her Spring ’14 collection. What does Lieberman look for in a great shoe? “The same thing I look for in my wardrobe: incredible versatility, comfort—knowing everything I have to do in a day—and a bit of unconventional edge,” she told Style.com. “The process was effortless. It was important for us to maintain the integrity of A.L.C.’s DNA and also Clergerie’s.” Gilles Assor, vice president of Robert Clergerie U.S., added, “We felt a genuine synergy from our first meetings.”
The result of the partnership is a pair of architectural wedge sandals, which debut exclusively here. The kicks are an updated version of Clergerie’s signature Danvin style, reimagined with a gray suede body and a platform, featuring textured white and black patent leather. Arriving in select Intermix stores across the country this weekend, the new shoes have us excited for the warmer months ahead. Are there more Clergerie collabs in A.L.C.’s future? “I feel like we’ve forged a great friendship,” said Lieberman. “That being said, I am a slave to the shoe department, and however it manifests itself in the future is all good by me.” After all, A.L.C. recently launched a handbag line, so a footwear line isn’t out of the question.
The A.L.C. x Robert Clergerie limited-edition sandals ($595) will be sold exclusively at four Intermix retailers: Robertson Boulevard, L.A.; Bal Harbour, Florida; Soho, NYC; and Madison Avenue, NYC.
Red carpets and the perennial summer press stops, including Comic-Con, don’t cease because of the heat. Taking a cue from Resort ’14, stylists are getting creative with ways to temper the temps. “We dress our clients in shorts on the red carpet—in lieu of a short skirt—when we’re looking to achieve a smaller proportion on bottom to balance a more oversize top or jacket,” offered designers and stylists Emily Current and Meritt Elliott. Not unlike A.L.C.‘s Andrea Lieberman, who used a tailored button-down and structured wool coat to do just that in her Resort collection, Elizabeth Olsen made a stop in San Diego promoting Godzilla in black-and-white Balenciaga, offsetting a super-short—and slim—shorts hemline with additional volume on top.
Sticking with sport instead of Resort’s usual frocks, Marc Jacobs dressed up his Marc by Marc shorts by lowering their length and contrasting their ease with a tailored top. So too did Amy Poehler, at the New York premiere of Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, who forwent the familiarity of a flirty designer dress for a seasonally appropriate shorts-and-button-down combo. The result was a cool, casual alternative to the standard summer uniform.
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.