alice + olivia pre-fall 2011

3 Jan

Ahh, another season, another abundance of collections to consider (ok, so Pre-Fall started quite some time ago, and we’re already anticipating the February shows, but I think we can all look past that small tidbit and pretend to be astounded as I get my blogging back on track – glad you’re with me).

So, on to the season. First up, Alice + Olivia (surprise, surprise). Despite its bubble gum sensibility and girly-girl aura, I am drawn to this line over and over again. And Stacey Bendet rarely disappoints me – present collection included. This season, the designer transported us to a Parisien café, complete with rose petals strewn across a marble floor, color coordinated knick-knacks perched atop a pedestal table and even an extraneously placed umbrella (‘cause it totally makes sense to be prepared for rain when it’s bright enough outside for over-sized sunglasses). Oh, but the clothes – covetable. Not only are Bendet’s Pre-Fall looks playful and feminine, they embody just enough edge for those girls who aren’t afraid to make quite the sartorial statement.

And while this collection was supposedly “a return to the pants,” according to, leg-baring skirts and dresses took center stage, per usual. From a sexy red pencil skirt paired with matching cinched jacket, to the more downtown-appropriate metallic mini coupled with knee-high boots and fur-trimmed cardigan, there is no question that Bendet’s strong suit is – and I think always will be – her ode to girly girls (though not the overtly dainty ones, mind you). Although, I wouldn’t mind having those daisy-print wide-legs in my closet come September.

Other strong looks from the collection include the leather shorts matched with mustard-trimmed blazer, the burnt orange button-down dress, and the utterly jaw-dropping, perfectly ethereal strapless cream and silver gown that rounded out the lineup. All in all, an expectedly well-executed collection with plenty of go-to pieces to hold us over ‘til fall.

photos compliments of Alice + Olivia via


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