Fall 2014 for Alice and Olivia takes a romantic, Victorian and free-spirited decadence. Red, my “favourite” colour featured very extensively in the campaign video and the decor, but thankfully not so much so in the collection itself.
Firstly, a bit more about Alice and Olivia. Launched in 2002, the brand is the brainchild of Stacey Bendet who initially started off on a quest to find the perfect pair of pants. Since 2002, Alice and Olivia has grown to include a full lifestyle collection featuring apparel, accessories, shoes and most recently, handbags.
Alice and Olivia’s Fall 2014 collection drew heavy inspiration from the whimsy and stories of fairytales.
Brocades mixed with lace may sound heavy but were far from heavy-handed in the design. A fun-looking girl’s night out jumpsuit with a little peekaboo waist cut-aways and a racer-back brocade mini dress in a ‘get-you-noticed’ bright emerald green.
One of the pieces which had my eyebrows furrowed was this raccoon fur collared slouchy woven coat. The equatorial instinct in me kicked in and couldn’t quite get past the raccoon collar. Thankfully, the design team thought about options, and with the collar removed, I thought it looked much much better.
The editorial pieces from the collection were stunning with extensive beading workmanship carried throughout the pieces. With a look almost of feminine armour, I’d imagine Joan of Arc or Mulan might call on Alice and Olivia for an upcoming soirée. All that’s missing is a sword belt.
Brocade always conjures up musty memories of older relatives’ homes and tacky upholstery or curtains. Or were they carpets? I don’t quite recall so clearly. Maybe it was the annual resurfacing of Chinese New Year decorations and pillows featuring intensive brocades that kinda scarred me as a child.
That said, I recall Zambesi did a collection with brocade once (this was maybe 2006/2007?), also I recall Sea of Shoes wearing a pair of outrageously unapologetic vintage brocade 7/8 pants which had me slightly swayed on my opinion of the fabric. By the time the Marni x H&M collection came around, the inclusion of brocade into the fabric pool didn’t have me up in arms.
Alice and Olivia’s emerald green brocade mini dress is a cute piece I would consider adding to my wardrobe. Although I do think I’m much more of a separates kinda person. But I do like the dropped racer-back details of the back of the dress.
Paired with an apple clutch. The world is complete. (:
Recently, I’ve been having conversations with several friends about needing an ‘epic skirt’.
By my definition, an ‘epic skirt’ is one to wear for ANY OCCASION. One that immediately dresses up any moment. One that gets you noticed. One to pair with any top. One to wear for a night out dancing, one for a evening concert or play. One for a fancy dinner. One for fun. One with no fusses.
And much like the scene in Mary Poppins where the children’s wishes are burnt in the fireplace, I think Alice and Olivia somehow heard my silent prayers!
The butterfly motif conjures up a mixture of Alexander McQueen and stained glass, which I find beautiful, but personal style-wise, a bit of a challenge to wear. Also, if I were to be picky, the mullet skirt bugs me. Hehs, butterflies, bugs. Get it?! (:
But for practical reasons, I get why the mullet works better. During the preview, one of the guests tried this skirt on. Because of the height differential, between her and myself, the shorter front worked a lot better for her.
With its mix of black, nude and cream, as I was leaving the store, one of the racks caught my eye.
Part of a ballet-inspired outgoing season, I thought this mix of patterns, fabrics and colours looked so expensive and lust-able.
Some key pieces that I was extremely tempted to leave with, were this two-tone maxi dress. I’ve always tried to steer clear of sheer trend. But this piece is an exception.
Another was a leather (I believe, lambskin) minidress. So delicate but edgy at the same time. LOVE LOVE LOVE.