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Alice + Olivia
Stacy Bendet’s fairy tale collection, inspired by the illustrations of Benjamin Lacombe, was a dark reinterpretation of Victorian style, with high-neck blouses and ruffled sleeves. Red roses from the set made their way onto a dreamy A-line dress. But the real stunners had a little lace and a lot of drama.
Wu is known for his decadent evening wear, and several gowns in his fall collection were fit for any star looking for a little of the designer’s legendary glamour. A slate gray gown with large collar would look regal on Meryl Streep or Helen Mirren. And the black strapless dress with cape-like train would certainly be a talker on the red carpet. But the more casual separates that opened the show were a fresh surprise. The black wool coats, though simple, couple elevate any woman’s closet.
The designer is celebrating the 30th anniversary of her first collection of seven easy basics, which launched her career. This time around, basic jackets and coats were shown with thigh-high suede boots standing in as pants. It could have been garish but wasn’t — though it should probably stay on the runway. Three sheer dresses with strategically sewn velvet were quite striking, and as others pointed out, seemed to reference the popular 1996 ads starring Demi Moore.
The collection felt part sticky sweet (with monochrome baby pink) and part girly goth with pointed collars and dark plaid. But there was an interesting blend in the middle, including this fantastic cropped top and full skirt.
The round-shouldered coats that opened the show were lovely and will certainly be seen around town next fall. But a printed dress with short bell sleeves was eye-catching amidst the sea of outerwear.