Recently I was asked to be an Influencer for the alice + olivia store in Georgetown, DC. This was a particularly exciting start of a partnership for me because of the work my team and I put into a few posts earlier this year, Highlighting 2019 with Neon and The Comeback – Circa 1970: featuring alice + olivia. I have always had a love for the designer and the brand for many reasons; the bold colors, the retro, sophisticated and sexy vibe and not to mention the philanthropy behind the brand. Needless to say, promoting alice + olivia clothing on my social media and website is an honor and I am so excited to get more involved. This post is the first of many you will be seeing in the next few months. My team and I are taking DC by storm – join us and follow along!
I decided to take my first set to the Smithsonian Institution Castle in the heart of our nation’s capital. Built in 1852, the Gothic feel of the castle’s architecture and grounds are truly breathtaking. Though the architecture around the city is so eclectic, the Smithsonian Institute is one of my personal favorites. Whenever I pick pieces and looks to write about, I start with a concept and vision around the looks that incorporates a location that I believe compliments. Whereas it may be easier to have multiple styles and prints and shoot around the city in front of various landmarks, for me I want to be more pointed, intentional, and all-encompassing in my direction behind the projects.Advice for my fellow bloggers: try to pick one set of 4-5 looks similar in color and style and come up with an entire concept and vision behind it. This makes shooting more fun and gives you a conceptual plan for the best result for your following and readers.
This specific set that I have chosen from the various alice + olivia collections is in some ways moody in color, but brings bright energy in through the bead work and prints. Deciding to bring these pieces to the Smithsonian immediately had me inspired. The Gothic Revival style castle and Romanesque motifs in Seneca red sandstone was the absolute perfect backdrop for these powerful, gorgeous, bohemian style pieces.
In my first look, I’m wearing two pieces from the alice + olivia x Carla Kranendonk collection. Stacey Bendet, the designer and founder of the alice + olivia brand, was inspired by the prints, patterns and colors in Carla’s artwork at the Rebecca Hossack Gallery in London and came up with the concept and design for this collection. The artist Carla, known for her bright patterns and embellishments, inspired this collection. The whole vibe and feel of this look immediately made my energy level rise.I want to talk a little bit about how I felt in this first look. Putting this same-print dress and kimono on together at first may have seemed to be a bit of an overkill, but when I draped it on my body – I literally felt as if I was a new, modern day (brunette version) Penny Lane from Almost Famous. I felt so empowered and gorgeous in this outfit, like I could conquer the world! The print and colors of this boho chic look with the Gothic red stone castle as a backdrop was absolute magic and made me feel… happy!
In the second look, I’m wearing a hand beaded and embroidered mini dress inspired by the intoxicating colors and textures of Morocco. The shawl-collared jacket pays an homage to the city’s graphic aesthetic. When I was walking around in this I felt as if I was walking in a piece of art and rightfully so… this dress itself takes 16 hours to make and the shawl takes about 20. Both hand made in India and 100% silk organza and embroidery.In my final look I’m wearing a floral wide leg pant and crop top. I was so excited to bring this look to the Smithsonian as well because the floral in the pant matches the red stone in the building. Not to mention, these pants make doing a little bit of yoga obtainable. I’ve been trying to bring fashion and yoga together and Stacey, being a devoted Ashtanga yogi, makes me even more excited to stand behind the brand.As intentional and creative visionaries, mindful creators, and thought leaders, we can use our platforms for a greater purpose. I am so excited to continue collaborating with alice + olivia and other brands with missions beyond their industry. Not only am I making a conscious effort to work with brands with a purpose nationally but I am especially working on partnering with local DC brands and companies to bring artistic and creative people together for purpose. Keep an eye out for my next post coming soon… In collaboration with alice + olivia, alice + olivia Georgetown and photographer Pablo Raya, we’ll be bringing the rainbow to DC just in time for Pride. Stay tuned…
Photos by Pablo Raya @praya1
Clothing provided by – alice + olivia Georgetown
Concept creation – Me!