{Spring 2017 RTW} Alice + Olivia

Tarot cards, gypsy Roma travelers, and Rome’s Bomarzo gardens were designer Stacey Bendet’s inspiration for Alice + Olivia‘s Spring collection.

On a recent trip to Rome, she found herself captivated by the gardens, commonly known as “Parco dei Mostri”, which is full of sculptures – some a bit creepy – created in the 16th century. On the trip, a fellow traveler and friend was painting tarot cards, adding to the vibrant visual palette and pattern of Bendet’s budding concept. And you can’t travel to Italy without happening past a few Roma travelers, whose distinct way of life and style surely influenced the bohemian and romantic silhouettes of Alice + Olivia‘s Spring 17 collection.

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Bomarzo Gardens – Photo credit-lazioexplorer.com

The collection started out with a series of strong stripe looks including a halter maxi with a green skirt with a large graphic modern day tarot inspired girl holding a rose with a rose crown ala snapchat.

Alice + Olivia RTW Spring 2017
Andrea Hanks – WWD

The Look ~ Top

Alice + Olivia RTW Spring 2017
Andrea Hanks – WWD

The Look ~ Dress

There were quite a few mystic and ethereal creations, like intricately embroidered peasant dresses, a red tunic gown, a lace embellished cold shoulder maxi in midnight, and quite a few romantic florals and ruffles.

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Courtesy of Alice and Olivia

The Look ~ Dress

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Courtesy of Alice and Olivia

The Look ~ Dress

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Courtesy of Alice and Olivia

The Look ~ Bag

This romanticism was juxtaposed with a strong woman perspective – a mishmash of modern-retro chic by way of minimalist jumpsuits, rompers, wide leg cropped pants, and a fantastic leather jacket embroidered with “Always Right” (I know a few ladies who will definitely want to wear that!).

Alice + Olivia RTW Spring 2017
Alice and Olivia – Photo by Andrea Hanks/WWD/REX/Shutterstock

Get the Look ~ Jacket 

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Courtesy of Alice and Olivia

Get the Look ~ Jacket // Dress (similar)

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Courtesy of Alice and Olivia

Get the Look ~ Top

But my favorite piece has to be the perfect combination of both modern and romance – the blue empire waist dress with the painted gardens and village. Stunning!

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Alice and Olivia – Courtesy of Alice and Olivia

 

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