Inspired by a recent trip to the Garden of Bomarzo (known informally as ‘Park of the Monsters’) in Rome, Stacey Bendet, CEO and Creative Director of Alice + Olivia, delivered a stylishly romantic collection for Spring/Summer 2017, imbued with strong, statement Italian glamour. Bold colours, florals and stripes made their way to the fore in equally as directional shades: orangey red, pea green, toffee, dove grey, denim blue, stark white and black – one particular dress boasted rainbow tiers from the model’s waist down to the floor.
Dresses appeared in myriad styles, some baby doll, others floor-length, but all featuring their own unique details: a flared sleeve, pockets and belt tie, cold shoulders, all-over embroidery or a kaftan cut. Brocade-like cropped jackets acted as toppers, as did sharp blazers, languid duster coats and knitted cardigans, while wavy hair was either loose or worn back with a head scarf and super-hooped earrings. Accessories for the SS17 Alice + Olivia girl? Vertiginous wedges, Jackie O sunglasses and bags in all shapes and sizes.