Alice + Olivia’s SS20 Showcase Was A Colourful Bohemian Dreamscape

Straying away from the traditional format of runway shows, alice + olivia’s designer Stacey Bendet opted for an exhibition that mimicked the likes of an art gallery. Guests were free to explore the nine transportive sets, each revealing a realm of the collection. Each set came to life with the models dressed in either contrasting or complementing hues, drawing out the vibrancy of the pieces.

Photo: alice + olivia
Photo: alice + olivia

With regards to the unconventional setup, Bendet had this to say:

“I dream in colour and these rooms are fashion dreams come to life.”

alice + olivia’s designer, Stacey Bendet posing in front of one of the sets. Photo: alice + olivia.

Here are five things about the show that caught our eye.

Rethinking Denim

Denim has been around for ages. In fact, it first made it’s appearance in the late 19th century. Our knowledge about denim usually covers the typical blue, black, grey and white washes. Denim has also gone through several phases, from the era of acid wash jeans, to very hole-y pieces to skin-tight jeggings and XXXXL baggy trousers.

In an exclusive collaboration with Murder Bravado’s designer, Everard Best, several looks were created that artistically meshed the two designer’s styles together. The result? A white denim jacket, jeans and jumpsuit unceremoniously tie-dyed with every possible colour of the rainbow, resulting in an eye-catching colourful gradient contrasted against the stark white denim.

“With this collaboration, we applied our signature dying and distressing techniques then exaggerated the length to keep it super fun and over the top,” said Best.

Left: Embellished, Distressed, Tie Dyed Gorgeous Wide Leg Denim Jumpsuit and White Leather Corby Bootie.
Right: Embellished, Distressed, Tie Dyed Two Toned Double Denim Jacket; Cream Cropped Boxie Hoodie; Genevieve Extreme Distressed Denim Jean and White Leather Corby Bootie
Photo: alice + olivia

A Little Poof Never Hurt Nobody

Amidst the cacophony of colours in this collection, romantic nudes and whites find their place, bringing a touch of romantic flair to the table. This look, comprising of a lace blouson sleeve blouse and a dramatic gown skirt oozes daintiness. Poofy skirts may be intimidating to wear but paired with a soft tulle material, it dials back the drama and instead makes one look (and feel) like a Disney princess.

White Lace Hattie Blouson Sleeve Blouse and White Tulle Tiered Gown Skirt. Photo: alice + olivia

Setting Your Inner Bohemian Free

In the middle of the lavender-hued set, what can be only described as a modern bohemian field of dreams is birthed. Bendet plays with colour in a different way, creating bohemian pieces that are intricately designed. Each is a quilt-like creation, combining various flower prints together to form one cohesive piece. The silhouettes are kept simple with maxi dresses and puffed sleeves that makes the dresses easy to wear and casual. It’s time to unleash your inner picnic bohemian fantasy.

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Athleisure Made Colourful

It’s official — Athleisure is in. alice + olivia’s take on this day-to-day sportswear trend involves imbuing each piece with couture presence and a striking pop of colour. This look features each piece in varying shades of fuchsia and is brought together with a wash of ice blue on the lids. The heels elevate the outfit, causing it to go from ‘Marathon Ready’ to ‘Powerful Business Lady’.

Wild Pink Kiki Cut Out Tank Sweater; Ramora Jogger Pant; Rosena Parka Jacket and Vivid Pink Embossed Lizard Leather Danelle Heel. Photo: alice + olivia

Sash-ay Away

While belts are the most common method of cinching a waist, alice + olivia brings back the simple sash. Almost replicating a kimono belt, colourful sashes in contrasting colours are the easiest way to colour block. The wide sash cuts the body into two, elongating the legs and even more shape the the silhouette. Tuck the bow behind for a clean look or leave the sash’s ends hanging to further streamline the look.

Left: Daffodil Hale Halter Crop Top; Mint Moiré Kimono Belt; Wild Pink Moiré Eleanor Pleat Ball Gown Skirt
Right: Mint Brynn Square Neck Fitted Pullover Sweater; Rainbow Ostrich Feather Dixie Gown Skirt
Photo: alice + olivia
Photo: alice + olivia