NYFW: Alice + Olivia is all about the "strong female protagonist" for Fall/Winter 2019

When it comes to fashion week, Stacey Bendet does not mess around.

The designer behind the famed cool girl brand alice + olivia knows how to put on a show. And her presentations are equally as magical as her designs: a decadent amount of sparkles, intricate headpieces and a surplus of glitter everywhere you walk.

We caught up with the renowned creative to talk about her upcoming season at New York Fashion Week, rewriting fairy tales and her spotlight on the "strong female" each and every day. 

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On this year's theme...

I think the theme, just creating the whole "Fantasia" theme is so fun. I obviously love designing clothes but creating the stories around them is so fun, too. When I was working with my visual team and I started describing the clothes and how I was doing these crazy butterfly prints and mixing zebra and leopard, I was like "you know, it's sort of like fashion Fantasia." And that's how we started working on this. 

On how her kids inspire her work...

My whole thing with kids and fairy tales is that I like there to be a strong female protagonist, which is actually what one of our shirts says. Because everytime the concept of fairy tales comes up, you know, one of the things I try to teach my children is that it isn't all about the rescued female. I was so proud because I went to my daughter's school conference last week and they told me that my daughter had told the class that she really didn't like the movie "The Little Mermaid" because "no woman should leave her whole family for a man." 

I just hope that I can inspire some fairy tales to be rewritten...

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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Debra Messing (center) sits front row during the Naeem Khan runway show in Gallery I of Spring Studios during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Spring Studios on February 12, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Manny Carabel/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Debra Messing (L) and Ryan Seacrest attend the Naeem Khan front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on February 12, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Ryan Seacrest attends the Naeem Khan front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on February 12, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Debra Messing (2ndL) and Ryan Seacrest (R) attend the Naeem Khan front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on February 12, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Carys Zeta Douglas attends the Michael Kors Collection Fall 2019 Runway Show at Cipriani Wall Street on February 13, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Michael Kors)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Regina King attends the Michael Kors Collection Fall 2019 Runway Show at Cipriani Wall Street on February 13, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Michael Kors)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: Olivia Palermo and Jennifer Nettles attend the Dennis Basso front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Cipriani 42nd Street on February 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Olivia Wilde attends the Michael Kors Collection Fall 2019 Runway Show at Cipriani Wall Street on February 13, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Michael Kors)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Priyanka Chopra attends the Michael Kors Collection Fall 2019 Runway Show at Cipriani Wall Street on February 13, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Michael Kors)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Hamish Bowles (L) and Anna Wintour attend the Michael Kors Collection Fall 2019 Runway Show at Cipriani Wall Street on February 13, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Michael Kors)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Catherine Zeta-Jones (L) and Kate Hudson attend the Michael Kors Collection Fall 2019 Runway Show at Cipriani Wall Street on February 13, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Michael Kors)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Kate Hudson (L) and Kerry Washington attend the Michael Kors Collection Fall 2019 Runway Show at Cipriani Wall Street on February 13, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Michael Kors)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Caroline Daur attends the Michael Kors Collection Fall 2019 Runway Show at Cipriani Wall Street on February 13, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Michael Kors)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Priyanka Chopra attends the Michael Kors Collection Fall 2019 Runway Show at Cipriani Wall Street on February 13, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Michael Kors)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Kerry Washington (L) and Doutzen Kroes attend the Michael Kors Collection Fall 2019 Runway Show at Cipriani Wall Street on February 13, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Michael Kors)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Doutzen Kroes attends the Michael Kors Collection Fall 2019 Runway Show at Cipriani Wall Street on February 13, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Michael Kors)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Catherine Zeta-Jones attends the Michael Kors Collection Fall 2019 Runway Show at Cipriani Wall Street on February 13, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Michael Kors)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Catherine Zeta-Jones (L) and Carys Zeta Douglas attend the Michael Kors Collection Fall 2019 Runway Show at Cipriani Wall Street on February 13, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Michael Kors)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: (L-R) Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Carys Zeta Douglas attend the Michael Kors Collection Fall 2019 Runway Show at Cipriani Wall Street on February 13, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Michael Kors)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Tessa Hilton attends The Blonds front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on February 12, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Bruinooge/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Tessa Hilton and Barron Hilton II attend The Blonds front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on February 12, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Bruinooge/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: (L-R) Carmen Carrera, Victor Cruz, Barron Hilton II, Tessa Hilton, EJ Johnson and Desmond Is Amazing attend the The Blonds front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on February 12, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Micah Jesse and Lydia Hearst attend The Blonds front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on February 12, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Iskra Lawrence and Lydia Hearst sit front row for The Blonds runway show in Gallery I of Spring Studios during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Spring Studios on February 12, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Manny Carabel/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: J. Alexander attends the CHOCHENG Fall-Winter 2019 Collection front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery II at Spring Studios on February 12, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images FOR CHOCHENG)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: Delilah Belle Hamlin attends the 3.1 Phillip Lim Fashion Show during New York Fashion Week at Center 415 on February 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: (L-R) Pritika Swarup, Charlott Cordes, Nina Agdal and Delilah Belle Hamlin attend the John John Fashion Show during New York Fashion Week at Gallery I at Spring Studios on February 12, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for John John / Restoque SA )
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: Olivia Culpo attends the Proenza Schouler front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows on February 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: Shailene Woodley attends the Proenza Schouler front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows on February 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: Jennifer Nettles and Miss J attend the Dennis Basso front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Cipriani 42nd Street on February 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: Model Ashley Graham attends the 3.1 Phillip Lim Fashion Show during New York Fashion Week at Center 415 on February 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: Delilah Belle Hamlin (L) and Karrueche Tran attend the 3.1 Phillip Lim Fashion Show during New York Fashion Week at Center 415 on February 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: Lauren Santo Domingo and Karen Elson attend the Proenza Schouler front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows on February 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: Coco Rocha attends the Rebecca Minkoff front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on February 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 10: (L-R)Liya Kebede, Mindy Kaling, Zoe Saldana, Naomi Watts and Isabelle Huppert attends the Tory Burch Fall Winter 2019 Fashion Show at Pier 17 on February 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 10: Karolina Kurkova attends the Tory Burch Fall Winter 2019 Fashion Show at Pier 17 on February 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 10: Mindy Kaling attends the Tory Burch Fall Winter 2019 Fashion Show at Pier 17 on February 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 10: Leandra Medine attends the Tory Burch Fall Winter 2019 Fashion Show at Pier 17 on February 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 10: Camila Coelho attends the Tory Burch Fall Winter 2019 Fashion Show at Pier 17 on February 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 10: Zoe Saldana attends the Tory Burch Fall Winter 2019 Fashion Show at Pier 17 on February 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 10: Naomi Watts attends the Tory Burch Fall Winter 2019 Fashion Show at Pier 17 on February 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: (L-R) Zoe Saldana, Naomi Watts, and Isabelle Huppert attend the Tory Burch Fall Winter 2019 Fashion Show at Pier 17 on February 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Tory Burch)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 10: (L-R) Hikari Mori, Karolina Kurkova and Liya Kebede attends the Tory Burch Fall Winter 2019 Fashion Show at Pier 17 on February 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 10: Vanessa Kirby attends the Tory Burch Fall Winter 2019 Fashion Show at Pier 17 on February 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 10: Lana Condor attends the Tory Burch Fall Winter 2019 Fashion Show at Pier 17 on February 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: Actors Rainey Qualley (L) and Angela Sarafyan attend the Brock Collection front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on February 8, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Albert Urso/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: Olivia Palermo and Jennifer Nettles attend the Dennis Basso front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Cipriani 42nd Street on February 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: Actor Madeline Brewer attends the Brock Collection front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on February 8, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Albert Urso/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 10: Steven Kolb (L) attends the Prabal Gurung front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on February 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 10: (L-R) Tao Okamoto, Nina Agdal, Angela Sarafyan and Bella Thorne attend the Prabal Gurung front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on February 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 10: (L-R) Angela Sarafyan, Bella Thorne and Dani Thorne attend the Prabal Gurung front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on February 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: Elisa Johnson and EJ Johnson attend the Laquan Smith front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery II at Spring Studios on February 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: Fern Mallis and J. Alexander attend the Laquan Smith front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery II at Spring Studios on February 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: Bella Thorne attends the Prabal Gurung front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on February 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: (L-R) Lauren Santo Domingo, Huma Abedin and Tarana Burke attend the Prabal Gurung front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on February 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 10: Nicky Hilton Rothschild attends Mark Gong front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Industria Studios on February 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: Kiki Layne, Sadie Sink and Julia Garner attend the Kate Spade Fashion show during New York Fashion Week at Cipriani 25 Broadway on February 8, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: Bojana Sentaler attends the Nonie front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery II at Spring Studios on February 8, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: (L-R) Angela Sarafyan, Julia Jones, Kiki Layne, Sadie Sink, Julia Garner and Maggie Gyllenhaal attend the Kate Spade Fashion show during New York Fashion Week at Cipriani 25 Broadway on February 8, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: (L-R) Cara Santana, Danielle Bernstein and Xenia Adonts attend the Hellessy front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery II at Spring Studios on February 8, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Fernanda Calfat/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: Actors Madeline Brewer (L) and Haley Bennett attend the Brock Collection front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on February 8, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Albert Urso/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: Leandra Medine (L) and Sarah Staudinger attend the Brock Collection front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on February 8, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Albert Urso/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 07: Huma Abedin and Rory Tahari attend the Elie Tahari - Front Row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery II at Spring Studios on February 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 07: Rory Tahari attends the Elie Tahari - Front Row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery II at Spring Studios on February 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 07: Bella Thorne attends the Elie Tahari - Front Row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery II at Spring Studios on February 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 07: Kelly Killoren Bensimon attends the Elie Tahari - Front Row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery II at Spring Studios on February 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
Abby Champion and Patrick Schwarzenegger attended John Elliott in Front Row, where guests enjoyed specialty Tequila Don Julio cocktails, during New York Fashion Week: The Shows on February 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Yuchen Liao/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 07: Bella Thorne attends the Daily Front Row Kick Off Party on February 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by TheStewartofNY/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 07: Bella Thorne attends the Daily Front Row Kick Off Party on February 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by TheStewartofNY/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 07: Molly Shannon and Kelly Killoren Bensimon attend the Badgley Mischka front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on February 7, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Badgley Mischka)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 07: Rosemary Ponzo attends the Badgley Mischka front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on February 7, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Badgley Mischka)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 07: Tess Holliday attends the Badgley Mischka front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on February 7, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Badgley Mischka)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 07: Molly Shannon and Kelly Killoren Bensimon attend the Badgley Mischka front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on February 7, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Badgley Mischka)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 07: Alysia Reiner and Christiane Seidel attend the Nicole Miller front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery II at Spring Studios on February 7, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 07: (L-R) Alysia Reiner, Christiane Seidel, and Jill Hennessy attend the Nicole Miller front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery II at Spring Studios on February 7, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 07: Just Drew (L) and Bella Thorne attend the Daily Front Row Kick Off Party on February 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by TheStewartofNY/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 07: (L-R) Gizele Oliveira, Cindy Mello, Caylay King and Mackinley Hill attend the Daily Front Row Kick Off Party on February 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by TheStewartofNY/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 07: Simone Aptekman attends the Daily Front Row Kick Off Party on February 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by TheStewartofNY/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 07: Victoria Justice, Nicky Hilton and guest are seen during the Pamella Roland fashion show at Pier 59 on February 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 07: Lydia Hearst is seen during the Pamella Roland fashion show at Pier 59 on February 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 07: Lydia Hearst and Patricia Clarkson are seen during the Pamella Roland fashion show at Pier 59 on February 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 07: Nigel Barker and his wife Cristen Barker are seen during the Pamella Roland fashion show at Pier 59 on February 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 07: Brooke Burke attends The American Heart Association's Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection 2019 Presented By Macy's at Hammerstein Ballroom on February 7, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for AHA)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 07: Laurie Hernandez attends The American Heart Association's Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection 2019 Presented By Macy's at Hammerstein Ballroom on February 7, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for AHA)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 07: Jordyn Woods attends The American Heart Association's Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection 2019 Presented By Macy's at Hammerstein Ballroom on February 7, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for AHA)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 07: Padma Lakshmi attends The American Heart Association's Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection 2019 Presented By Macy's at Hammerstein Ballroom on February 7, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for AHA)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 07: Susan Lucci attends The American Heart Association's Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection 2019 Presented By Macy's at Hammerstein Ballroom on February 7, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for AHA)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 07: Carmen Carrera and Rocco Leo Gaglioti attend the Alessandro Trincone front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Industria on February 7, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
Karlie Kloss attends the NYFW Fall/Winter 2019 Tom Ford fashion show at the Park Avenue Armory on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Ansel Elgort attends the NYFW Fall/Winter 2019 Tom Ford fashion show at the Park Avenue Armory on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 06: Adrienne Williams Bosh and Chris Bosh attend the Tom Ford FW 2019 - Arrivals - New York Fashion Week: The Shows on February 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 06: Chris Bosh attends Tom Ford FW19 Fashion Show at Park Avenue Armory on February 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Amber De Vos/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Courtney Love attends the NYFW Fall/Winter 2019 Tom Ford fashion show at the Park Avenue Armory on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Odell Beckham Jr. attends the NYFW Fall/Winter 2019 Tom Ford fashion show at the Park Avenue Armory on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 06: Chen Bolin attends the Tom Ford FW 2019 - Arrivals - New York Fashion Week: The Shows on February 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 06: Joe Alwyn attends the Tom Ford FW 2019 - Arrivals - New York Fashion Week: The Shows on February 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 06: Elisa Johnson and EJ Johnson attend Tom Ford FW19 Fashion Show at Park Avenue Armory on February 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Amber De Vos/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Poppy Delevingne attends the NYFW Fall/Winter 2019 Tom Ford fashion show at the Park Avenue Armory on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 06: Victor Cruz attends Tom Ford FW19 Fashion Show at Park Avenue Armory on February 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Amber De Vos/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 05: (EDITORS NOTE: Retransmission with alternate crop.) Bella Hadid attends the Jump Into Spring: MICHAEL Michael Kors Spring 2019 Launch Party at Dolby Soho on February 5, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Michael Kors)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 07: Bella Harris attends the Tadashi Shoji FW'19 Fashion Show front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on February 7, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Tadashi Shoji)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 07: Tess Holliday attends the Tadashi Shoji FW'19 Fashion Show front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on February 7, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Tadashi Shoji)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 07: Gregoria Reyes attends the Indonesian Diversity FW19 Collections: 2Madison Avenue, Alleira Batik, Dian Pelangi and Itang Yunas front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Industria Studios on February 7, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images for Indonesian Diversity)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 07: (L-R) Jace Vahn Evans, Ensley Jolie Eason and Jenelle Evans attend the Indonesian Diversity FW19 Collections: 2Madison Avenue, Alleira Batik, Dian Pelangi and Itang Yunas front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Industria Studios on February 7, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images for Indonesian Diversity)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 07: Jenelle Evans attends the Indonesian Diversity FW19 Collections: 2Madison Avenue, Alleira Batik, Dian Pelangi and Itang Yunas front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Industria Studios on February 7, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images for Indonesian Diversity)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 07: A view of guests attending the Noon By Noor front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery II at Spring Studios on February 7, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 06: Cynthia Molstad (C) attends the 11 Honore front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on February 6, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 06: Selenis Leyva and Alysia Reiner attend the 11 Honore front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on February 6, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: Actress Cara Santana attends the Anna Sui front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on February 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: Coca Rocha attends the Anna Sui front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on February 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: Steven Kolb attends the Helmut Lang front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows on February 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: Coca Rocha attends the Anna Sui front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on February 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: (L-R) Sabine Heller, Waris Ahluwalia, and Darshan Ahluwalia attend the Bibhu Mohapatra front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery II at Spring Studios on February 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
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On the strong female protagonist...

It's less about a political party or a candidate and more about women owning their femininity and owning their power. I think a lot of times women shy away from really showing their strength...For me it's really about empowering women so they can say and do and feel exactly what they want to say and do and feel. 

On her ideal alice + olivia girl... 

She definitely likes to dress up. She's strong, she's whimsical, she's colorful. The alice + olivia woman spans from age 13 to 75 and my thing is that every woman who walks in our store should feel great and have fun putting on our clothes. 

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Shoshanna

"For Spring 2019, Shoshanna was inspired by the beauty and ease of the South of France. In ready-to-wear she paired cotton eyelets with soft florals and laces, mirroring the effortlessness of this region. Shoshanna Midnight offered structured solid crepes while also incorporating bold prints, colorful jacquards, and embroidery mesh. The collection portrays a youthful spirit on modern silhouettes."

Jasmin

"one flower one world "

Cienne

"Inspired by American architecture in the 1960’s, our Spring/Summer 2019 collection, entitled Geomagnetic, merges graphic shapes with fluid movement.  We're continually exploring color, surface, and shape, and aim to strike a balance between clean and feminine while keeping things a little bit playful. SS19 emphasizes this through interesting materials, geometric shapes, and warm neutrals with pops of primary color.”  - Nicole Heim (Co-Founder & Creative Director) & Chelsea Healy (Co-Founder & Design Director)

Tadashi Shoji

“The future is bright and star-filled."

Ji Won Choi x LIFEWTR

"I've always been very passionate about different cultures, but I've ignored one main part of my own cultural identity for the majority of my life. Having lived in 4 different countries and seeing the beauty in other cultures really helped me embrace my own. This collection was born from a recent realization that I don't have to choose one single culture to identify with and that I can be both Korean and American and whatever else I am inspired by."

Trina Turk

"The Tourist"

Julianna Bass

“Transparency – seeing the reality and moving towards the good.”

KavenLiu DIMOR

"KavenLiu DIMOR's design philosophy combines comfort with style for the modern woman in pursuit of quality of life.

LEIN

"SS19 had me feeling nostalgic for my summers spent at my family's ranch just outside of Sun Valley, Idaho. Gingham and floral prints in tobacco, linen white, and porcelain blues came together in soft but structured silhouettes, reminding me of easy summer days in the country.” -Meredith Stoecklein (Founder & Designer)

CoFi

"Why follow trends when you can set them? Why look like everyone else when you can stand apart? At CoFi, we believe style is a reflection of individuality. Our distinctive printed leather accessories and footwear are designed to let you be you because blending in isn't nearly as fun as making a statement."

Yuna Yang

"Free yourself, you're the only one knows what will make you happy."

Jamall Osterholm x LIFEWTR

“This ss19 collection, like most of my work, uses historical reference subverting Elizabethan silhouettes with unconventional contemporary materials.”

Claudia Li 

“Woodley Avenue”

Romona Keveza

“Oscars, SAGS, Golden Globes, Emmys…This collection is inspired by all the amazing women I have dressed over the last 10 years on the red carpet”

BOSIDENG

"This season, the collection advocates respect for nature, respecting the return of the heart, longing for the casual but refined life quality. The clothing consists of classical pattern, pictographic characters "牖 (you)" quilting process, waterproof, windproof functional fabrics and rocking elements such as ropes, belts, buckles, etc. Black, white and gray are used as the basic color, embellished with bright yellow, rose, magenta and silver, embodying the aesthetic movement through traditional and modern collision."

ARANYANI

"The twirling of peacock feathers, teasingly around the bird of paradise, gives one a sense and feel of Unearthed Ecstasy."

ACID NYC

"Raw material"

Daniel Cloke x LIFEWTR

“This collection is an exploration of technique, material, and detail."

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