Runway report: Tory Burch, Alice + Olivia, and Rodarte

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Runway report: Tory Burch, Alice + Olivia, and Rodarte
Yesterday, in the bustling Meat Packing District of New York, Stacey Bendet premiered her Spring 2014 collection for Alice + Olivia. The collection integrated prep-meets-pretty ensembles, giving the “American girl” clothes a carefree collegiate feel with a romantic twist. The presentation was a star-studded event, which included model beauties, Lydia Hearst and Julie Henderson. Lydia donned a high-neck, long-sleeve burgundy lace dress, while Julie opted for a black top and a floor length black skirt completed with a bright red lip.
Apparently, white is the new black, with the collection built around sophisticated neutrals accented by pops of pastel. Pink, aqua, yellow and silver complement nude, bone, black and white shades. Some of our favorite pieces played on proportion and include the mini skirt, slip dress, crop top, little white suit and an updated blazer. From beaded jackets slung over collared shirts to modern collarless blazers paired with sexy lace shorts, ball gown skirts for daytime and crop tops for all the time. The accessories provided contrast to the understated color palette via striking burst of light aqua green and sunny yellow.
Ever wondered what it was like to go to a garden party? Welcome to the ultimate garden party circa the 1960s in the French Riviera, aka, Tory Burch’s Spring 2014 collection. Oh! And all of our favorite models were invited! Ondria Hardin opened the fashion show in a white structured dressed with a bright blue belt, decorated with garden patterns and matching white whicker-esque tote, completed with silver flats. Lindsey Wixson, Caroline Brasch Nielsen, Jasmine Tookes, Nadia Bender, Cameron Russell, Fei -Fei all walked the runway in a mix of dresses, baiting suits and separates in greens and white with hints of coral and the occasional sparkle of a jeweled collar. Although known for her bold prints, it was her textiles — crochet overlays, lattice cutout leather, and pleated cotton —that had us wanting to reach out and touch. Tilda Lindstam closed the show in a matching top and floor-length skirt decorated with floral motifs with just a hint of the gold oxfords peeping out.
Newcomers and our Ones to Watch picks, Amanda Murphy, Chiharu Okungi, Malaika Firth, Sam Rollinson all walked down the runway like cat walking pros, donning low heels and metallic slingbacks for shoes and handbags that included structured cross bodies and wicker-esque totes filled with fresh flowers. Sitting front row, Australian model, Jessica Hart shared a vine via Twitter, “Tory Burch fashion show is BLOWING my mind, although that’s no surprise coming from this incredible woman. I want EVERYTHING!” This flower wonderland has us wanting more too Jessica!
While referencing both the ’80s and ’90s, Rodarte designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy turned to their native Los Angeles for the inspiration behind their Spring 2014 collection.  The designers presented a mixed bag of wild animal prints and grunge-style separates with a bit of a western twist. 
Ones to Watch picks Sam Rollinson, Chiharu Okungi and Drake Burnette were among the top models walking in this season’s show, along with international superstars Lindsay Wixson, Nadja Bender and Jourdan Dunn.
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