For Spring 2018, Alice + Olivia's Stacey Bendet created not only a collection, but an entire space made for women, by women. Inspired by New York's iconic Chelsea Hotel, where she conducted one of her first-ever photo-shoots, Bendet tapped seven female artists and one vocalist to design rooms in a reimagined modern-day version of the hotel.
"I really wanted to collaborate with all different female artists and make this a moment where I could showcase their work too," Bendet told BAZAAR.com at the presentation today. "I had each of them design a different room that I then tied the clothing in the collection back to. It was pure passion-these are all artists that I love and I've known from different walks of life."
Artists Francesca DiMattio, Tallulah Willis, Lola Schnabel, Angelica Hicks, Lucy Sparrow, Blair Z, and Susie Lopez, as well as singer Scout Willis all created their own rooms. For some of her pieces, Bendet reimagined Francesca DiMattio's paintings as mixed prints, designed a set of bright, '80s-infused looks based on a neon sign hanging in Tallulah Willis's room, and created kitschy Twinkies and Hostess cupcakes clutches inspired by Lucy Sparrow's "fauxdega" kitchen.
Bendet's own feminist artwork was featured in black and white hallways, where models in symbolic all-white looks were stationed. "For this season, one of my trends was this high-low of girls feeling really romantic, feminine, and free-spirited but also tough," the designer revealed.
Though each woman had a different take on her Chelsea Hotel room, together they all embodied a similar spirit of proud femininity. "They had to be female artists with a real feminine spirt to their artwork. It all came together because I picked people I loved and knew," Bendet said. The end result? A presentation and spring collection that made a feminist statement on a level that delved much deeper than statement t-shirts.
See all of the artists' rooms featured in Alice + Olivia's Spring 2018 presentation below:
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