Alice + Olivia Shares The Spotlight With Hillary
Alice + Olivia Shares The Spotlight With Hillary by Shannon Truax
New York Fashion Week - September 13, 2016
Alice + Olivia, by Stacey Bendet, is my favorite label. The whimsical designs and dramatic fit are so me, but more importantly, Stacey is with her. When my new job at Thrillist Media Group afforded me the opportunity to attend Alice + Olivia's elaborate presentation at New York Fashion Week, I knew I had to wear my rare "Hillary for President" sweater, designed by Stacey, and worn by only a few celebrities.
The Alice + Olivia presentation was unlike anything I've ever seen at Fashion Week. Rather than a ten minute runway show, Stacey set up different scenes where models wore her latest designs and interacted with the audience for two hours. Some were in cages. Some stood on rose petals. One told fortunes!
As I made my way through the room in complete awe, my sister spun me around and pointed to Stacey Bendet, who was wearing a collaboration skirt with "I'm With Her" script, hand painted by Donald Robertson. I love that she chose to share her limelight with Hillary, and send a message to the millions of eyes on her new collection.
To my complete shock, my Hillary sweater captured the attention from Stacey's mom and dad (I met Olivia!) and Stacey herself. She was gracious, she made me feel special, and she spent many minutes chatting with me and taking pictures. I mentioned that my sister recently gave her a Hillary pin at the recent Made For History New York Fashion Week event with Chelsea Clinton and Anna Wintour, and Stacey said, "That's still on my jacket! Seriously!" She also told me that she was considering auctioning the skirt and donating the sale to the campaign.
I was overjoyed by the experience. Stacey was as lovely and beautiful as I've ever imagined, inside and out. I will be wearing my Alice + Olivia Hillary sweater for Monday's highly anticipated debate, as I have my Babes for Hillary friends over to cheer on our girl, Hillary.