Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet Announces Collaboration with Basquiat Estate for CFDA Initiative

alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet is proud to announce that the late Neo-expressionist artist and frequent Andy Warhol collaborator Jean-Michel Basquiat has been selected, through the Basquiat Estate, as the partner for the second capsule collection that will help support the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s efforts to promote young talent. The collection, shown as part of the alice + olivia Resort 2017 season, will land in stores and online in November 2016.

Jean-Michel Basquiat earned his recognition in the art world before the age of 27, even gaining the title of youngest artist to be given a solo show at the widely respected KestnerGesellschaft gallery in Germany. His personal achievements and participation in an American art movement that ushered in a wave of young new artists make Basquiat the perfect next partner for the promotion of young artists within the fashion industry. 

As part of the partnership with the CFDA, alice + olivia works with a new artist each year to create a capsule collection that will be available for purchase at all alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet stores,, and other retail partners with 50% of the proceeds from select items donated to the CFDA. 

Stacey Bendet, CEO and Creative Director of alice + olivia, says, “Jean-Michel Basquiat is one of my favorite artists. This partnership is exciting for me as it is very reflective of my brand and our continued collaboration with artists. It is also wonderful to be able to raise funds for the CFDA and support their ongoing initiatives within our industry that develop new talent.” 

The new collection includes a variety of unique apparel pieces, accessories and gifts that feature iconic elements of Basquiat’s art, such as the golden crown and colorful, street-art inspired design, mixed with alice + olivia’s whimsical and feminine touch. “Beat Bop” 1983, “Replicas” 1983, “Ascent” 1983, “In Italian” 1983, “Panel of Experts” 1982 and “Notary” 1983 are some of the artist’s famed works that Bendet cites as inspiration for the capsule collection. Elements of these iconic works can be seen throughout the collection of apparel, accessories, and gifts. Bendet delivers a modern interpretation of Basquiat’s iconic artworks with the incorporation of beadwork and embroidery details which add a dimensional element to the iconic Basquiat works as they come to life in the form of dresses, tops, skirts, jackets, handbags, shoes, eyewear and more. 

Steven Kolb, President and CEO of the CFDA, says, “We could not be more appreciative of Stacey Bendet and her work to help us in our cause to advance up-and-coming fashion talent. Thanks to this initiative, the support we will be receiving from alice + olivia is of great value to our organization.” 

For the first CFDA capsule collection, debuted in April 2015, Bendet partnered with celebrated artist Domingo Zapata, a Spanish-American who has studios in New York, Miami, and Hollywood. Zapata’s pieces created for the partnership included a hand-painted ball gown, hand-painted full-length skirt, and custom two-piece skirt with a matching leather bustier featuring piping in a print painted by Zapata, all of which were auctioned off by Paddle8 with 100% of proceeds benefiting the CFDA. 


Atlanta Ballet's Moulin Rouge - The Ballet

atlanta ballet moulin rouge

Cancan your way to the Atlanta Ballet's Moulin Rouge this week at the Cobb Energy Centre because you will love it. And while you won't see the dancers breaking out in song, like in the movie, you will experience the most dynamic, romantic and spectacular dancing in the city, including the cancan! The Atlanta Ballet does an excellent job of laying out the scene: Paris, turn of the century, bohemian, artistic and poetic. There was excess in living and loving. [As always] the set is incredibly executed and the live orchestra is beyond fabulous. But back to the dancing... you'll get lost in the moment. The tango scene will seduce you and the closing scene will make you cry. 

Opening night received a well-earned standing ovation. Moulin Rouge - The Ballet closes this Saturday Feb. 13, so visit the Atlanta Ballet website for tickets!


Art Basel Week Recap & Photos: Art Hearts Fashion Opening Gala Spectrum

On Wednesday December 2nd, bi-coastal fashion platform "Art Hearts Fashion" brought its talent and glamour to the Art Loves Fashion opening night gala of Art Basel Week Miami at Spectrum Art Fair. The fashion show, produced by Erik Rosete, featured designers House of LiJon, Diana Couture, and Mister Triple X. The event presented by Planet Fashion TV and LaCroix sparkling water proved to be a wonderful kick off to Art Week Miami.

The night featured an incredible partnership with Spectrum Art Fair, which was home to 150 international art galleries. During the night, models delighted the crowd in designer fashions from renowned international designers. Opening the showcase was House of LiJon Sculpted Couture. Designer Lia Mira hand crafted each unique piece of wearable art. Diana Couture followed with an elaborate presentation of beutiful gowns featuring exquisite craftsmanship. The finale designer was none other than Mister Triple X, the sexy streetwear brand by Erik Rosete. The brand's unique and sexy aesthethic is always a crowd pleaser and a wonderful way to close out the night. Sony recording artist Cris Cab joined the stage for a final musical performance as he serenaded the girls of Mister Triple X. 

Despite record rainfall and a steamy warm Miami night, over 500 guests came out to the gala to celebrate the art of fashion and to support the Glory House charity in the fight against human trafficking. LaCroix Sparkling water was the welcome refreshment of choice by all the chic attendees. Other sponsors and supporters included designs by Tui, gourmet catering by Coya, Lulu's ice-cream, Burberry, Whispering Angel Rose, 50 Pounds Gin Vodka, and Ron Viejo Rum.  Beauty was provided by The Organic Face, and hair was provided by Duchess and Duque Salon. Photo Credit: Sean Paul Franget  


Celebrate Local Artists at OCEAN MARKET During a Special Opening Featuring the Work of CHRIS STRAWBRIDGE

Artist Meet-and-Greet, Cocktails, Bites and More on Wednesday, November 11th from 7 to 9 p.m. / Free to Attend

Ocean Market, a Parisian-inspired bistro located in Downtown Atlanta, will host an opening for its Local Artist Series on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 during a special cocktail celebration for artist Chris Strawbridge from 7 to 9 p.m. Open to the public, guests are invited to mix and mingle with the featured artist as they sip on complimentary libations and enjoy bites created by Chef Shane McIntosh of Ocean Market and Ocean Catering Company while perusing Strawbridge’s work, which will also be available for purchase.  Co-owners Chef Shane and Sage Stewart rotate works from local artists of various mediums every few months. The event is free to attend and open to the public. For more information about the opening night reception visit    

Atlanta-based artist, Chris Strawbridge, has shown his artwork in multiple art galleries and festivals throughout Atlanta and his artwork hangs in commercial buildings, restaurants and in private collections. Enjoying a 30-year long career within architecture and interior design firms has influenced how Strawbridge’s incorporates line, form, space and composition. Working mostly in acrylics, grease crayon, and graphite on canvas, his art has been described as architectural, minimalistic, abstract, and sometimes even, whimsical. 


"The First Ever 2nd Annual Toecane Peeps Show"

Some Peeps took us to the disco while other peeps followed the "yellow brick road" and an adventurous, marshmallowey crew ventured to outer space - the new frontier- however, many other Peeps, well, they were just eaten. Judson Guerard Hot Glass Studio in North Carolina hosted "The First Ever 2nd Annual Toecane Peeps Show." The annual, deliciously sweet art show is the brainchild of glassblowers Judson and Sally Guerard and brought forth some of the most creative and clever artists from the area to create mini-installations featuring the iconic holiday treats. I was honored to judge the competition and perhaps a little sick - too many Peeps in my tummy! What happens when you take a group of talented, smart and socially aware artists and invite them to create art with something as ridiculous as marshmallow peeps? - A super amazing event! Enjoy the photos in the slideshow and perhaps next year you'll want to enter!


10-Day Nighttime Photography Exhibition Coming to Piedmont Park: Red Bull Illume


Red Bull Illume, the world’s largest international photography competition dedicated to action and adventure sports, is making a stop in Atlanta March 20 through March 30, 2014. Once the sun sets, locals and visitors alike are invited to stroll through Piedmont Park and take in the sights of 25 life-sized, illuminated light boxes that are touring the world as part of a unique nighttime exhibition. The images, which have been carefully selected and curated from over 28,000 submitted photographs, showcase the most exciting and creative action sports photography on the planet. Throughout the 10-day free exhibition, attendees also will have opportunities to attend lectures from the award-winning photographers, meet Red Bull athletes and more. 

The 2013 Red Bull Illume Image Quest is the third edition of the competition after 2007 and 2010.  A total of 28,257 photos were submitted in 2013 by 6,417 photographers from 124 countries around the globe.  The top 50 images, first unveiled in Hong Kong, are touring the world as part of a unique illuminated nighttime exhibition. An international panel of esteemed photo editors selected the top 50 images, naming 10 category winners and an overall 2013 Red Bull Illume winner.

“There are talented photographers and then there are gifted photographers,”

said Jym Wilson, Senior Photo Editor at USA Today and one of 50 Red Bull Illume judges globally.

“I saw a lot of talent but also saw some truly gifted photographers. These are not just action photographers but people with great technical and artistic skills.”

The Red Bull Illume kickoff event will be on

Thursday, March 20

and will begin at approximately

8 p.m.

as the sun sets over Piedmont Park.

 Located at the 10th Street side of the park inside the Charles Allen gates, the unveiling of the illuminated light boxes is open to the public and free to attend. The evening will feature performances by Red Bull athletes and live broncolor photo demonstrations by winning photographers. Cocktails will be available for guests ages 21 and up.  

After the exhibit’s 10-day stop in Atlanta, the Red Bull Illume Exhibition Tour will head to Spain and then will continue to travel around the world's capitals and cultural hubs for the next two years.  For additional details, please visit


Living Art America SEPT 28


Living Art America: Bodies as a Work of Art

, now in it's fourth year and, undeniably, it's most epic to date, as it's the first

World Bodypainting Association

sanctioned competition in the US.

This is an event NOT to be missed!

39 "professional" and "emerging" artists will WOW you with their talents and creations. [Also] Open bar, buffet, valet parking and musical performances...

Get your tickets NOW:


*Your ticket is a tax-deductible donation benefiting: The Chelko Foundation, Angel Flight and SCAD