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Alice + Olivia describes 2012 as, "The year of the dinner party," which makes sense, since the brand's fall 2012 Fashion Week presentation was very festive. Waiters passed specialty cocktails and Magnum ice-cream bars, as attendees admired designer Stacey Bendet's Lolita-inspired collection. The beautifully, and of course, festively dressed models lined three walls of the room—allowing for an easy view of the collection, (unlike at a certain other presentation we could mention). All wore their hair in chignons, which somehow made every one of them look like a cross between Michelle Trachtenberg and Nicole Kidman.
The clothes were fabulous, and just what you'd expect from Alice + Olivia—glittery, glamorous, and hip. The collection's "coquette cool" vibe ran through all the garments, particularly the outerwear and eveningwear—with the latter category including the launch of the brand's first gown collection. Fabrics included everything we love—rich brocades, leathers, embroidery, furs, and metallics. And the pallet was made up of bold jewel tones mixed in with Stacey's signature black and white colorblocking. Every look made a statement.
Putting in an appearance at the fest were some of the familiar celebrity faces we've been seeing a lot of this Fashion Week: Kristin Chenoweth, Jennifer Aspen, Angela Simmons, Kelly Rutherford, Louise Roe, and Tinsley Mortimer. (We've spotted each of them attending at least three shows so far.) And just when we were thinking, "We never see famous males at these events," we spotted singer Kevin Jonas and skater/fashionista extraordinaire, Johnny Weir, our first ever Buyer's Remorse interviewee.
And of course, what Alice + Olivia event would be complete without an appearance by our old pal Eloise? We spotted Stacey's three-year-old daughter making an entrance in the arms of one of her mom's friend's. Eloise looked spectacular as usual, attired in a black velvet coat, which covered pink sequins, a T-shirt, and a black cardigan—a look she paired with glittery light-up sneakers. It seems that this season, Eloise is as into layering as Rachel Zoe.
· Q+A With Alice + Olivia's Stacey Bendet and Her Daughter Eloise [Racked]
· All Fashion Week Fall 2012 Coverage [Racked]
· Alice + Olivia [Official Site]