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NYFW Photo Diary: Alice + Olivia Takes It Back to '70s NYC

Samantha Reed
Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet

And all the great music Tuesday's presentation had to offer.

The '70s were alive and well at Stacey Bendet's fall 2016 Alice + Olivia presentation.

Highly detailed sets threw it back to the vintage New York rock 'n' roll scene — clubs, subways and even an artist's loft featuring a live painter and her (almost-naked) male-model muse — served as the perfect complement to the deep velvets, metallic brocades and rich embroideries that punctuated the collection. 

True to her brand's DNA, Bendet's pieces were impeccably tailored (think: flared suits, structured pussy bow blouses, shift dresses and heavy coats in thick textiles), but this season models were styled with messy rockstar waves a la Florence Welch or Patti Smith. The heavy music influence should come as no surprise — just last month, Bendet announced a Grateful Dead capsule collection inspired the legendary rockers.  

DJ Mia Moretti added to the vibe with a playlist (see below) from the past featuring The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Elton John and Carole King. Meanwhile, the sets were adorned with Hendrix and The Ramones posters, as well as a healthy dose of prescription pill bottles. Rock on. 


ROCK VIBES: Vinyl and pill bottles litter the floor. 


DIVAS: Brocade coats and technicolor prints. 


LOUNGIN': Crisp pleats, collars, and Mary Janes done in shimmery and sheer fabrics. 


DOWNTOWN GIRLS: Subway sets and vintage Life magazines take us back to the '70s.


MONOCHROME: All black and all red accented with color blocked accessories. 


STRAIGHT CHILLIN': A model relaxes in a black and gold brocade ensemble and patent heels. 


EMBROIDERED EVERYTHING: Bold embroideries on dresses, collars and satchels. 


BAR SCENE: Striped boots match a striped skirt at a faux bar. 


INCEPTION: Live art within art on stage alongside the models. (Notice paint cans featuring Bendet's caricature on the floor.)

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