If I could go back to any decade, it would definitely be the 1970’s. Lucky for all of us “groovy trendsetters”, hippie chic is back and it’s bigger and better than ever. The 70’s has inspired designers such as Stella McCartney, Chloe and my favorite, Stacey Bendet from alice + olivia.
In spring and summer 2019, you’ll be seeing a lot of throwback trends such as neon, mix and match prints, clogs (yep, I said it), crochet, denim for days, “outdoor” pajamas, ultra high-waisted flares and bra tops just to name a few. In this post, I’ve highlighted designer (and no stranger to making a statement with bright colors and prints) Stacey Bendet, creator of alice + olivia.
With some modern upgrades here’s the 1970’s with a twist.
In this first look, we pair the “Ember Peplum” mini with the “Lynn Reversible Kimono”. To add a fun accessory, you can wear the belt from the kimono as a headband. Wearing the belt around your head takes this look to the next level and adds a unique flair.
Channeling the inner “Gypsy” vibes of Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks together with the edginess of Steven Tyler from Aerosmith, this look really struck a chord with me. I felt so feminine with the metallic pleated maxi skirt, strong with the Dr. Marten boots and red leather moto and powerful with the statement t-shirt “We Rise By Lifting Others”.
The t-shirt I’m wearing is part of the #aocommuniT series. This is an ongoing collection of t-shirts alice + olivia is creating with various organizations like the Global Fund for Women. What makes this collection so special is they donate 10% of the proceeds to the cause.
“#aocommuniTs enable women to utilize their outfits as a fun and simple way to ignite conversations and increase education on causes that matter. “People unite over fashion because it makes them feel good,” Bendet says. “It’s our job to make it stand for something.” – Forbes
The “sexy 70’s jumpsuit” definitely bares the perfect name. This jumpsuit brings some serious 70’s vibes with the flare leg. We pair it here with a pink over sized faux-fur coat, pink YSL bag, white sock booties and over-sized pink sunglasses. This jumpsuit is the perfect staple item for your closet.
Below I’m wearing the same jumpsuit but opted for adding a black turtleneck underneath, head scarf and black booties for a Charlie’s Angels inspired look.
Talk about Charlie’s Angels, how much does this next look remind you of Sabrina from the show?! The “Macey” velvet tuxedo blazer with charmeuse lapels is so chic and is an absolute head turner. The velvet looks even more dreamy in person. Throw this blazer on over top of a black dress, cami and a black leather mini or skinny jeans depending on your mood. With this statement piece you’ll be set to impress!
HAUTE TIP: Adding blazers to your wardrobe is always a good idea. Throw on a blazer over a black dress with pumps, destroyed jeans and tennis shoes or cami and skinny jeans. Having a variety of plaid, color, basic black and white or like the velvet one here is so versatile and can be dressed up or down taking you from the boardroom, happy hour, dinner dates or to brunch.
This next look is giving me all the Mary Poppins vibes. I am obsessed with this dress for many reasons. One, the tiered look at the bottom makes this dress ultra feminine. Alice + olivia’s signature lace is the main fabric of this piece and the striped piping throughout is very pleasant on the eye. I added a red lip, wore a low pony tail and white pumps. This dress didn’t need much else.
The grand finale…. Our final alice + olivia look for this series is absolute magic. We drape this gorgeous robe coat over the “Esmira” mock neck crop jacket and pleated “Kats” wet look maxi skirt. This whole ensemble is pieced together perfectly and the colors in the robe picks up the white jacket and blue skirt flawlessly. The cropped jacket bares a little bit of skin which is pleasant on the eyes given the pieces are voluminous. The blocked platform heel and bun with chopsticks makes me feel like I’m in Hong Kong on the set of a mid 1970’s Bruce Lee film.
The reason I love alice + olivia far surpasses the physical clothing itself. It’s about the overall aesthetic, artistic movement and mission behind what Stacey Bendet is creating that draws me in and captures my attention. Coming from a family lineage of one of the largest domestic producers of lace, Stacey was born a designer, creating clothing for her dolls at very young age. Now, she is the owner of a world renowned fashion brand with a presence not only in the United States, but in Europe, the Middle East and Asia as well.
Alice + olivia pushes the envelope when it comes to creativity, making powerful statements and staying true what has made the brand successful from the very beginning – bold prints, lots of color, fearless femininity and a homage to retro chic. Having a purpose and an important mission like “aocommuniT” is elevating the brand to new heights and it is definitely something I can stand behind and support.
Video by Ivan Anastacio – IG: @ivananhe
Photography by Pablo Raya – IG: @praya1
Styling by Mark Q. – IG: @styledbymarkq
Threads by alice + olivia
Creative direction by Mole Street – IG: @molestreet & @molestreetartists