Alice + Olivia Favors 1950’s Silhouettes And Luxe Textiles At Spring 2013 Presentation

Dresses at the Alice + Olivia Spring 2013 presentation.
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Sparkles, dramatic lines, and colored eyeliner were all in full effect at the Alice + Olivia Spring 2013 presentation at New York Fashion Week yesterday, and all in the best way. Also in present in great quantities were some of our favorite celebs, many of whom we have seen on the red carpet in the brand before. As was the case with Marc Jacobs’ show for his namesake line last night, the first thing we thought when we stepped into the presentation yesterday was ’retro.’ With dramatic, floor skimming a-line gowns; fluttery chiffon; and short, structured dresses, all straight out of a more modern Mad Men. All cinched waists and classic feminine shapes, the collection was every stars dream, with dresses that would look as incredible on the red carpet as they do in the designer’s showroom. While the collection as a whole was quite prim, it was nowhere near being stuffy–the pieces maintained that undeniable sexiness that a perfectly fitted and constructed garment lends to a woman, bringing out the natural curves of her body without overpowering. The collection also avoided the trap of being too cute, while still being, well, cute. There were no little girl frills or ruffles here, and each dress was very clearly made for a woman, and wasn’t just a big version of a whimsical princesses look (yuck). The makeup was also a highlight, where models wore thick cat eyes in electric blue, pure white and black of course. We totally want to try our hand at a bright blue cat eye sometime, we just need to figure out the right occasion. This makeup look is also giving us some ideas about what we want to try for the holidays. Gold cat eye, anyone? Yes please.

Dresses at the Alice + Olivia Spring 2013 presentation.
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While fantasizing about wearing the collection while being wined and dined by our very own personal Don Draper, we ran into some of our fave celebs, presumably doing the exact same thing (don’t try to deny it). Lauren Conrad, Teen Wolf’s Holland Roden and Crystal Reed, Cory Kennedy, and Natalia Kills were all in attendance, along with Mad Men’s own Elizabeth Moss. We were reminded of Holland’s amazing Alice + Olivia dress from this year’s Teen Choice awards and we definitely suspect we’ll be seeing the starlet in more of the brand. We also finally got a look at the Alice + Olivia collaboration with Magnum ice cream, which we caught up with designer Stacey Bendet herself about back in April. The skirts are shimmery and fun in the best way, and are now available in Alice + Olivia Stores.

Mia Moretti and Caitlin Moe at Alice + Olivia.
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The presentation was DJed by Mia Moretti and Caitlin Moe, who both looked amazing in their Alice + Olivia outfits. Mia was in a boucle shift dress with sky high platforms, while Caitlin, true to the name she and Mia use while DJing with her on violin, looked positively doll-like in a white a-line jumper over a white button-up and heavy black eyeliner. The two played a mixture of classics by Etta James, Dean Martin, and Ray Charles and newer artists, ranging from Beyonce to Amy Winehouse and The Black Keys. The two also performed at The Dolls, with Caitlin on violin, playing versions of Lana Del Rey’s “Blue Jeans,” Santigold’s “Disparate Youth” and more. We have the full setlist below, and you can also download the group’s Fashion Week playlist from Harper’s Bazaar.


Eugene McGuinness – Those Old Black And White Movies Were
The Black Keys – Things Ain’t Like They Used to Be
Alabama Shaked – Goin’ To The Party
Aloe Blacc – Loving You Is Killing Me
Mayer Hawthorne – Just Aint Gonna Work Out
The Pipettes – Pull Shapes
Dionne Bromfiled – Foolin’
Paloma Faith – Smoke and Mirrors
Chordettes – Lollipop
Esther Philips – Use Me
The Like – Narcissus In A Red Dress
Gnarls Barkley – Smiley Faces
Amy Winehouse – Tears Dry On Their Own
Duffy – Rain On Your Parade
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – Make It Good To Me
Mary Wells – Two Lovers
Wanda Jackson – Let’s Have a Party
Brigette Bardot – Moi Je Joue
Dean Martin – That’s Amore
Andy Williams – Music To Watch Girls By
Ray Charles – Tell The Truth
Beyonce – Why Don’t You Love Me
Etta James – A Sunday Kind of Love

THE DOLLS SET (w/ violin)

Alice Russell – Seven Nation Army (feat. Nostalgia 77)
Holy Ghost! – Do It Again
Santigold – Disparate Youth
DJ Mia Moretti & Caitlin Moe – So Beautiful (Sex Ray VIsion Remix)
Scissor Sisters – Only The Horses
Lana Del Rey – Blue Jeans (RAC Remix)

What was your favorite piece from the Alice + Olivia presentation?

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