Alice + Olivia officially turned 20, ringing in its milestone accomplishment — including Mayor Eric Adams declaring June 15 “Alice + Olivia Day” — with a prom-themed party in New York City. To mark the occasion even more, designer Stacey Bendet also looks back on her career in the fashion industry.
As a brand loved by Hollywood, Alice + Olivia’s colorful and glamorous clothes is an integral part of pop culture phenomena such as “Gossip Girl”, “Hacks”, “Dynasty” and “Scream Queens”. The brand has also worn many stars, including Paris Hilton, Sofia Richie and Kourtney Kardashian.
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In an exclusive interview with Shoe News, Bendet reveals that these meaningful moments — from dressing up Michelle Obama to her own children and launching pants at Barney’s New York — have evolved and grown over time. However, she is still excited to see women in her clothes.
“You know, every time I see a beautiful woman walk by me in one of my dresses or an outfit, I have this feeling of, ‘Wow, I did this, and I hope the made you feel amazing tonight,'” Bendet shares, wearing an Alice + Olivia x Kidsuper sequin maxi dress, crystal tiara and chunky red platform shoes.
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Fashion is a competitive business, and lasting 20 years is no small feat. However, Bendet believes his longevity stems from his drive, hard work and understanding of how his customers want to dress, as well as the support of his team.
“We’re so focused on the Alice + Olivia woman and who she is, and how we want her to feel every day with our clothes,” Bendet says. “But 20 years in fashion is a lot of hard work. I mean, people see the glamour, the fame and the fame, but every day my team works so hard to bring our clothes to life.“
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Bendet also took a moment to reflect on her career in fashion, sharing the advice she would give her younger self when Alice + Olivia launched in 2002.
“I think all you have to do is believe in yourself and keep growing, and keep working hard and focusing on creating beautiful clothes,” the designer explained. “I think whenever business gets tough and times get tough, like in 2020, the one thing you tell yourself is, ‘Focus on making great products.
Alice + Olivier celebrated its 20th anniversary with an “A+O Prom” themed party on The Close East Lawn in New York City. The event included performances by DJ Kiss and Gracie Abrams, as well as numerous photo activations, a Polaroid station and customizable hoodies. The occasion’s star-studded guest list also included Nicky Hilton, Busy Phillips, Ariana DeBose, Ella Emhoff, Lea Michele, AnnaLynne McCord and more. The event was further marked by designer Stacey Bendet receiving a proclamation from New York City Mayor Eric Adams, deeming June 15 as Alice + Olivia Day.
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