Alice + Olivia Spring 2018 Ready-To-Wear

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Last season it was "Be the change you want to see in the world," and for Spring/Summer 2018 the message is, "The World needs more Sparkle." Stacey Bendet is conquering the world with positive vibes and good energy via fashion and her label Alice + Olivia. (And we LOVE it!) 

This season, accompanying all the 'sparkle,' A+O gave us ruffles, florals and fringe. Dresses, shorts, slacks and separates embraced a Bohemian chic factor in a way that only Stacey can deliver. 

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Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet Fall 2017 Ready-To-Wear

alice + olivia’s Fall 2017 collection is inspired by Salman Rushdie’s novel The Enchantress of Florence. The collection draws from the vibrant rich settings of Mughal India and the romanticism of Renaissance Florence, depicting the story of a woman creating her own destiny in a man’s world.

Stacey Bendet has created a rich wardrobe for the global woman, a woman, who like Rushdie’s enchantress, has “forged her own life, beyond convention, by the force of her will alone.”

Comprised of an eclectic mix of pieces and a sharp color palette of reds, pinks, and jewel tones, Bendet has created a serene fantasy with notes of magic realism for this collection. In Rushdie’s novel, as in Bendet’s collection, characters are brought to life through painted stories. The Enchantress print features a representation of Rushdie’s Lady Black Eyes but with an a+o twist of #staceface wearing her signature large black shades. Intricate gold metallic beading evokes images of Rushdie’s Akbar Empire, while a leather skirt in Botticelli’s Primavera painting is representative of Renaissance Florence. Live at the a+o show, body painting artist, Trina Merry, brings the Enchantress to life using the human body as a canvas.

The collection juxtaposes feminine pieces like lace tops with dramatic bell sleeves, sequin and silk slip dresses, and ruffle skirts with utilitarian separates such as patent leather bombers, camo pants, boxy jackets, camo jackets, and cargo pants. The a+o girl will mix and match these statement pieces, pairing sequin pantsuits with statement tees, embellished floral tops with patent leather skirts and combat boots, sequin embellished mini-skirts with leather varsity jackets, and lace-up thigh-highs and embellished cigarette jeans with tweed jackets with pearl detailing. Each look embodying a woman who is both fierce and feminine.

The quintessential a+o statement jackets and shirts are emblazoned with powerfully bold statements such as “Queen” and “Be The Change You Wish To See In The World,” messages Bendet feels are both representative of the book’s message and the world right now.

Accessories further the urban glamour aesthetic through unexpected features. Handbags are a mix of faux fur totes, intricate foiled printed leather clutches, and black patent leather crossbodies in modern shapes. Shoes have a sexy edge featuring combat boots with heavy hardware accents in plush fabrics, lace-up thigh-highs, and patent leather booties.

Bendet continues building on the world of a+o with her second delivery of eyewear. The collection features shapes including oversized metallic aviators in silvers and rose golds, and signature round-frames.

Images courtesy: Alice + Olivia

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The Shops Buckhead Atlanta Announces Style South Events on Sept. 16 + 17

THE SHOPS BUCKHEAD ATLANTA ANNOUNCES STYLE SOUTH: 

Retailers Feature Fall Collections; Atlanta Sports Heroes Walk the Runway

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The Shops Buckhead Atlanta is proud to announce Style South, an exceptional and exciting two-day fashion event including retailer collections on the runway, complimentary beverages, entertainment, and in-store shopping activations around the property.

On Friday, September 16th, The Shops Buckhead Atlanta presents Style South: The Contemporary Collections. From4:00PM - 7:00PM, guests will be invited to enjoy an evening of progressive shopping activations. During the course of the evening, retailers including Joie, Planet Blue, Theory, Kit and Ace, and COS will offer sneak previews of their fall collections. After each runway show, these retailers in addition to Billy Reid will host in-store shopping parties. Fantastic food and beverages will be served, and the event is complimentary and open to the public.

On Saturday, September 17th, The Shops Buckhead Atlanta presents the Style South FINALE: The Professional Sport + Style Collaboration. The event, hosted from 2PM – 7PM, will offer a unique fashion partnership between The Shops Buckhead Atlanta and our favorite professional sports figures and their wives. Participating retailers hosting afternoon shopping parties include Brunello Cucinelli, Canali, Alice + Olivia, Moncler, and Les Copains. Each retailer will offer an afternoon of shopping, with a portion of the proceeds contributed to the individual charity or foundation of an Atlanta sports figure. Then, in the evening, each retailer will showcase favorite fall collection items in a runway show. The show will also feature some of Atlanta’s favorite sports figures strutting their stuff on the runway.

 Some participating athletes include:

·        Warrick Dunn, NFL legend and current minority owner of the Falcons and his foundation. Dunn’s appearance will benefit Warrick Dunn Charities (http://wdc.org/)

·        Jamie Dukes, NFL Network broadcaster and former Falcons great, with wife Angela. Dukes’ appearance will support the Put Up Your Dukes Foundation (http://www.puydf.org/)

·        Terance Mathis, Former Falcons great, and wife Arnedia. Mathis’ appearance will benefit the Emory ALS Center (http://neurology.emory.edu/programs_centers/centers/als/index.html)

·        Brian Jordan, Former Braves & Falcons great and current Braves broadcaster. Jordan’s appearance will benefit the Brian Jordan Foundation (http://www.brianjordanfoundation.com/)

 To celebrate Style South, from September 16 - 18, The Shops Buckhead Atlanta will offer a $50 gift card to customers spending $750 or more. All events are complimentary and open to the public.

Style South is sure to be the South’s most exciting fashion event of 2016. Again, attendance for the shopping events and runway shows are complimentary, and during Style South, The Shops Buckhead Atlanta also offers complimentary six hour parking with validation from any retailer. For more information, visit http://theshopsbuckheadatlanta.com/events for more information on Style South.

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Puppy Love, Tracye Hutchins & Doggies on the Catwalk

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This is not her first 'catwalk!' 

Tracye Hutchins, the evening anchor on CBS 46 is no stranger to Doggies on the Catwalk. Tracye first came onboard in 2010. At the time, she was the host of CBS Better Mornings and I was teaching at Grady High School. One of my student designers created Tracye's dress for the 3rd annual Doggies on the Catwalk. That year, Georgia Public Broadcasting produced the event as an hour-long GPB special. It was an amazing experience, though truth be told, I'm glad to have my show back.

Since then (2010) Tracye has been involved with Doggies on the Catwalk almost every year. She told me that she looks for that modeling invitation every year... it'll keep coming! 

Last Friday, I met up with Tracye at the Canine Assistants farm - 18 acres of beautiful land in Milton, Georgia with horses, ponies, goats and of course, doggies - lots of them!

Tracye called Grace at Canine Assistants to set up the tour. She wanted to meet the doggies and learn more about the important work they do and life-saving services they provide. Tracye and I were love stricken by the puppies. There was a 3 week old litter that just melt our hearts.

Styling Tracye in an amazing frock from The Shops Buckhead Atlanta is the easy part... deciding which doggie will be her modeling partner will be the challenge. She loved them ALL!

This is a slideshow of Tracye Hutchins through the year's at Doggies on the Catwalk:

Come see Tracye walk in the 9th Annual Doggies on the Catwalk on June 4th! Support Tracye and cheer her on! Get your TICKETS!

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{Save The Date} for the 9th Annual DOGGIES ON THE CATWALK

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Mark your calendars because Doggies on the Catwalk returns to The Shops Buckhead Atlanta on Saturday June 4th. The events begins at 7PM with cocktails with the fashion show at 8:30PM. Monica Pearson will once again emcee and our models have already been working hard supporting Canine Assistants. Please support their fundraising efforts by visiting their page(s) and buying tickets or making a donation. Our models this are: Jason & Andrea Moattar, Toni Moceri, Jenna Muller, Rebecca Walden, Patti Dickey, Raquel Souza, Tracye Hutchins, Richie Arpino, Jacqueline Byrum, Christine Pullara, Steve Hightower, Doug Weiss, Faven Ressom, Mary Kathryn Wells and Holly Firfer. These generous and philanthropic people will be sporting looks from brands such as Alice + Olivia, Theory, Les Copains, Akris, Christian Louboutin and more! They'll be modeling with service dogs from Canine Assistants - a litter of puppies were born recently and will be making their debut at the show!!

Le Bilboquet will host VIP with front row seating/tables. To purchase those tickets, call Le Bilboquet directly at 404-869-9944.

About the Doggies on the Catwalk photo! 

We shot this at "the farm" - Canine Assistants in Milton, Ga. It was a chilly 45 degrees, but our super model Rachel Zehner didn't even shiver! Brandi Mallory did the make-up and kept Rachel looking fresh all morning long. Grace Murphy, Theo Tyson and Lindsay Klein kept "things" moving. The gorgeous dress and shoes are from Alice + Olivia. They are from their Spring/Summer collection and will be available in stores soon. I partnered once again with the talented Tomas Espinoza for the photography. He, Grace and I walked the acres of property to scope out the perfect location. Oh and what about our doggie model?! A natural, wouldn't you say!

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Fittings Day 2: Doggies on the Catwalk Buckhead Atlanta

Spending the day styling some of the most philanthropic people in Atlanta at the most exclusive retail district in the city made for a fabulous day. Sure, it was work, but when you love what you do... A few bright, summery looks from Bonobos, glamour out of Alice + Olivia and polished looks from Theory. Perfection. The slideshow features a sneak peek of yesterday's looks but for the full experience you'll have to attend the 8th Annual Doggies on the Catwalk!

Buckhead Atlanta hosts Doggies on the Catwalk 7PM, Saturday June 13th. BA is located at 3035 Peachtree Rd. Atl 30305. *Valet available on Buckhead Ave. (between Etro & Jimmy Choo) Self-parking can be accessed off Pharr Rd.

Bring your stockpiled foreign currency, bills, coins, to Doggies on the Catwalk and International Giving will convert it to USD and donate to the Atlanta Pet Rescue! Look for their sign at the Check-in table.

Bring your stockpiled foreign currency, bills, coins, to Doggies on the Catwalk and International Giving will convert it to USD and donate to the Atlanta Pet Rescue! Look for their sign at the Check-in table.

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Sneak Peek: Alice + Olivia Fittings for Doggies on the Catwalk

Yesterday could not have been any more fabulous. I had the first scheduled fitting for next week's  8th Annual Doggies on the Catwalk at Buckhead Atlanta. I met model D'anne Cagle Heckert of Modern Luxury at Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet. With their checkered flooring, subway-tiled wall, massive marble counter and elaborate chandeliers, Alice + Olivia is a visual feast for the eyes, surpassed only by the exquisitely designed clothing. D'anne modeled several different looks from their latest collection and everything was flawless on her! You'll just have to come to Doggies on the Catwalk on June 13th to see D'anne on the 'Catwalk.'

To sweeten my partnership with Alice + Olivia, the brand has made a generous and impressive donation to the silent auction... You ready for this ladies!? We will be auctioning a private shopping brunch event at Alice + Olivia for you and your friends! This is beyond fabulous because addition to providing brunch, A + O will be offering 20% discounts and an outfit to the auction winner!!

Support the Atlanta Pet Rescue & Adoption and buy your tickets now! Just click on the button below. Thanks!

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