May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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New York: Parisian café culture provided the imagined backdrop for Stacy Bendet’s Pre-Fall collection, a setting well-suited to her breezy, feminine designs popular with many trendy ingénues. Often known for party dresses, her collection shifted to focus on both pants and outerwear this season, introducing printed palazzos and velvet flares as well as knit capes and caftans. Dresses and skirts were far from absent however, and standouts like a two-tone, floor length gown, suede pencil skirt and sequined mini will surely hit with Alice + Olivia’s fun-loving customer. Accessories were less convincing, with kitschy berets and incongruous knee-high platform boots detracting from these cute junior-appropriate ensembles. —Nina Stotler
Silhouette: Slim / A-line / Oversized / Long
Color: Bright red / Black / White / Pumpkin / Olive / Gold / Silver / Grey / Camel / Mustard / Navy
Key Items: Flare trousers / Capes / Suede pencil skirts / Blazers / Leather mini shirts / Long silk gowns / Fur trimmed knits / Silk shirt dresses / Knit turtlenecks / Palazzo pants / Sheath dresses / Cardigans / Silk blouses
Materials: Jersey / Suede / Wool / Silk / Lace / Velvet / Leather / Fur / Tulle / Lurex / Tweed / Cable knits
Print + Pattern: Florals / Buffalo plaid / Color blocking
Details + Trim: Sequins / Peplums / Cap sleeves / Fur trim / Pleats / Ribbing / Contrast piping
Accessories + Footwear: Platform knee-high boots / Berets / Oversize cat-eye sunglasses / Platform mary-janes / Wide leather belts / Leather gloves / Burnout velvet headscarves / Metal bangles / Sheer hosiery / Knee socks
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