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Stacey Bendet creates a 'field of dreams' at NY fashion week

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5 days ago By RAGAN CLARK, Associated Press
Fashion from Alice + Olivia is modeled at a presentation during Fashion Week in New York on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Ragan Clark) © Provided by The Associated Press Fashion from Alice + Olivia is modeled at a presentation during Fashion Week in New York on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Ragan Clark)

NEW YORK (AP) — Stacey Bendet, creative director of Alice + Olivia, created a dreamscape in color on nine monochrome backdrops as models posed Monday for a presentation at New York Fashion Week.

"It's all about color — pastels mixed with brights, dramatic sleeves, big volume skirts and lots of beautiful structured tailoring," she said. "I dream in color."

Fashion from Alice + Olivia is modeled at a presentation during Fashion Week in New York on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Ragan Clark) © Provided by The Associated Press Fashion from Alice + Olivia is modeled at a presentation during Fashion Week in New York on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Ragan Clark)

Guests, including Sofia Richie, roamed through to view the models amid a field of lilacs, a sky of pink clouds and a pristine kitchen in mint. Richie made an appearance all in white, wearing a tank top and shorts underneath an oversized blazer.

Fashion from Alice + Olivia is modeled at a presentation during Fashion Week in New York on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Ragan Clark) © Provided by The Associated Press Fashion from Alice + Olivia is modeled at a presentation during Fashion Week in New York on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Ragan Clark)

"I've always tried to be myself with fashion," she said. "I've always tried to express myself through fashion. I feel like being yourself is very important."

Models posed in the lilac field had lavender braided into their hair and wore dresses with sequined floral designs. On a bright orange stage, the models posed in black and white while bright orange teddy bears were strewn around them.

Suki Waterhouse was also among the guests, dressed in a white silk halter with low-slung satin trousers.

In another of Bendet's dreamscapes — a powder blue stage — a bakery display case was set up with matching candy, macaroons and pastries. Models wore pops of electric red, from a leafy detail on a blouse to a baroque pattern on a dress with billowing sleeves.

Fashion from Alice + Olivia is modeled at a presentation during Fashion Week in New York on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Ragan Clark) © Provided by The Associated Press Fashion from Alice + Olivia is modeled at a presentation during Fashion Week in New York on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Ragan Clark)

Elsewhere, one long skirt included a pattern of figures resembling Bendet's likeness in a floral scene.

"To me, color is like therapy," she said. "When you're in the right color for you, when you walk into a room that's all decorated in beautiful colors, it really uplifts."

Fashion from Alice + Olivia is modeled at a presentation during Fashion Week in New York on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Ragan Clark) © Provided by The Associated Press Fashion from Alice + Olivia is modeled at a presentation during Fashion Week in New York on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Ragan Clark) Fashion from Alice + Olivia is modeled at a presentation during Fashion Week in New York on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Ragan Clark) © Provided by The Associated Press Fashion from Alice + Olivia is modeled at a presentation during Fashion Week in New York on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Ragan Clark)
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