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Alice + Olivia Spring 2012: A Not So Secret Very Secret Garden

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Yesterday, in a studio space in the heart of the Meatpacking District, a garden bloomed. Well, maybe not bloomed, but appeared—Alice + Olivia created an indoor landscape as the backdrop for their Spring 2012 collection. Their goal was to evoke the notion of a "Very Secret Garden," the theme for designer Stacey Bendet's presentation. The collection has two sides: designs in bright Palm Beach colors, circa the 1960s, and beaded and crocheted neutral-toned eveningwear, much of it designed with a Forties flair. Many of the outfits were striking, including two of our favorites, an orange suit with sequin skirt and a red Mod dress. We can honestly say we coveted most of the collection.

We weren't the only ones who were smitten—a slew of celebrities were there gushing to Stacey about the new collection. We spotted Jordin Sparks, LeAnn Rimes—whose skin is flawless, Sophia Bush, Tinsley Mortimer, Corrine Bailey Rae, Eva Amuri, Nicky Hilton and Michelle Trachtenberg. Although Alice + Olivia is one of the few Fashion Week presentations that serves food, needless to say, we didn't spot any of the cute mini-cupcakes making their way into these famous mouths.

The party guest we were most excited about seeing, however, was Stacey's toddler daughter Eloise, who "helped" her mom out with our interview last Fashion Week. We didn't see Eloise conducting any interviews this time—she was too busy frolicking around the faux garden with her toddler friend.
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