Picture 70s New York City. If you are too young to remember the 70s, then picture Fame the movie. There are some remnants of 70s New York City in the television series – the city crawling with artists with some signal of their craft on their person. Subways. Working girls in full stride post the feminist movement. Discos. Oh, the discos and the club scene.
Stacey Bendet is probably too young to remember it too but like many of us, old photos of mom and her #squad – as we call them today – are so compelling we begin to believe we remember the error when in fact it is just the gritty glamour of an era we can practically smell from the old Polaroids. Bendet recreated the scene for her fall 2016 Alice + Olivia presentation on Tuesday, February 16, 2016. The retro collection complete with platforms, full embroidered suits, and frocks paired with working girl, pussy-bow tops were in full out ode-to-the-era of more is more.
There was the art scene complete with an over-sized sculpture and a live artist painting from a nude life model. The scene included a sequins top with the message “Be nice or leave”. Industry gals recognizing the instant “It” shirt flocked to the model to nab an Instagram shot or Snaps of the top. A denim jacket layered over a long floral dress was also part of the art scene. Shoppers can purchase pins and emblems online to decorate the denim jacket with their own flare.
The next scene was a classic New York City bar with a piano, a requisite of the time. The models in this scene sported funky-print maxi gowns; an A-line skirts; a long pleated color-blocked skirt hung from the model seated at the bar. Models lounged with make up similar to the ever-popular Blondie…not unlike the designer herself – cat eyes, glossy lips and easy, rocker hair. In the center of the gated scene, much like a 70s playground, models lounged on stairwells of what could have been an UES home in maxi gowns and sequins baby doll frocks.
Another scene included a ballerina at a studio adjacent to gals at a club scene with boom systems around them and skinny rocker suits well known for the era. A feathered gown topped with a biker jacket captured the carelessness of the times that would spawn the decades to come.
And then the scene of the working girl in the subways – satin-y pink suits under camel-colored coats surely heading to a newspaper bureau. …And floppy hats…lots and lots of floppy hats.
Bendet had her own “It” girls breeze through her presentation who would certainly fit the model of the trendsetters of the 70s – Nicole Scherzinger, Leven Rambin, Whitney Port, Selita Ebanks, Chelsea Leyland, ZZ Ward. You get the Alice + Olivia gal – lots of ‘tude and marching to her own drum no matter the era.