Pre-Fall 2013 E-Board Pick: Alice + Olivia

By Stephanie Eng

In a sea of drab, boxy menswear, Alice + Olivia’s fall collection stood out to me like a diamond among the cubic zirconia: classic with a fresh take. The collection’s tone was echoed by cool styling choices such as a double-braid headband, red lips, and a bold cat eye, along with bright jewel-toned bags and shoes and a few quirky glasses.  With the backdrop of a metropolitan subway station, the interesting prints and 20s silhouettes brought an interesting touch of edge, while the ladylike tweed, checkered prints, and tartan brought the pieces back to professional territory. I loved the abstract watercolor men’s button-down, red honeycomb miniskirt, and black and red tribal print top.

Overall the collection was tailored but feminine, with a touch of rock n’ roll (case in point: the tweed motorcycle jacket). The lace and leather accents were a bit expected, but I thought that even though a lot of these pieces have been done before—who hasn’t seen the button down shirt under a sweater at this point?—it was one with amazing fabric choices and pieces that real girls (including me) would love to wear.

What is your favorite piece of this collection? Click here to see the whole collection.

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