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

Samantha Reed

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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