Alice & Olivia FW22 Presentation Collection
We can discuss the poem by Mahogany L. Browne (“MLB”) a little later, so that we can focus on the collection now. I guess, looking at this presentation for Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet I was initially pleasantly surprised. But then, I looked deeper and quickly yearned for more.
There isn’t much to comment on with this collection because I feel like the anchor is the poetry by MLB. I know I said that I would get to this later, but I guess this is later.
Something positive that I took from the presentation was that this collection was all about bright and bold colours. I initially thought, why? In fall-winter, the colour palette is a lot sleeker, sexier and neutral with passive shades. Sometimes to add a bit of romance to your look, a pop of colour is necessary. So here comes the intrigue. What could Alice + Olivia present with this ‘pop of colour’ to make me think wow. What an impressive collection.
It turns out not much. Most of the garments feel uneventful. It feels like Forever 21 being sponsored by a wealthy nightclub owner. I could see a few girls wearing this outfit sitting in a VIP booth at the back of a club. Saying that I don’t know what’s worse. The club or wearing bright colours in a dark environment. I think that from everything I had seen in closets and in street style in previous years, I expected a lot more. The collection feels like Boohoo with a bigger budget. Unclassic colours, with primitive fabric choices.
Final thoughts on Alice + Olivia
I expected some sort of upscale street style destination for eclectic and fashion happy lovers. Don’t get me wrong, there are a few standout pieces which you can see in the header image. However, outside of that I cannot come up with something else. My expectations may have been mismanaged, but can you blame me. Alice + Olivia was one of the go to stores in the mid 2010s. Everyone was rocking the styles. That’s why I mentioned that the poem by MLB is the main attraction earlier. Outside of that, what else is there to look at? I don’t know, maybe SS23 will take a different creative direction. One that isn’t rooted in the past, but looks ahead to the idea of creativity and beauty to lift up women.
Sama is the Editor in Chief of SSEDITORIAL Magazine. She currently oversees the creative direction of the magazine after ending her role as Runway Director to develop the SSEDITORIAL RUNWAY division. When Sama is not leading the team. She likes to contribute, primarily to the high fashion section of the magazine.
Poem by Mahogany L. Browne