Alice + Olivia Pre-Fall 2012

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Given that Alice + Olivia’s pre fall offerings were so pointedly Parisian influenced, designer Stacey Bendet would have been hard pushed to come up with a collection I didn’t adore. As it happened, she could have got rid of the berets and Cafe de Flore backdrop, cited Skegness as her inspiration and I still would have loved everything. Alice + Olivia never fails to deliver deliciously girly and refreshingly wearable pieces and this (pre) season Bendet truly outdid herself. Including everything from cinched waists and peplums to silk palazzo pants and micro shorts, the collection reflected a far wider range of influences than the chic streets of Paris. Simple shift dresses in graphic prints referenced swinging, 60s London while paisley print flares hinted at 70s hippiedom. And, as befitting a true New York brand, each look was teamed with an immaculate blowout and sky high heels for a Park Avenue perfect finish.

Encompassing everything from tailored wool coats to embellished flapper dresses in a palette that spans from pillarbox red to shimmering metallics to burnished autumnal hues, Alice + Olivia’s latest collection offers both a sartorial feast for the eyes and a a highly desirable solution to the perils of trans-seasonal dressing. I think pre-fall might just be my new favourite season…

Love Ella. X

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