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Fashion Week Secrets: Alice + Olivia

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Six days after New York Fashion Week Stacey Bendet, the creative director of Alice + Olivia, gave birth to a baby girl called Athena Belle. The designer took a doctor to her runway show, ‘just in case’ she went into labour early. We caught up with (the still very pregnant) Bendet at New York Fashion Week to find out her secrets, and lust over the new collection hitting the rails at Harvey Nichols Dubai.

What is your favorite part about fashion week?
The energy that it brings to New York City.

Do you still get nervous?
Yes!

Do you have a go-to outfit for the day of your show?
Well this season I am having a baby one week after the show so I suppose it is something baby doll shaped!

Tell us your lucky charm for show day?
I have an Om necklace that I never take off.

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Do you have a specific show day beauty regimen?
I always have my hair and makeup done the day of the show and I always wear my hair up so that it does not distract me during interviews and press etc…

What is your favorite trend from the AW15 season?
I love the general feeling of fall, a little bohemian, a little gothic. I love all the lace detailing and beautiful beading and embroidery. If I had to name one piece, it would be our suede bell bottoms!

Which are the must-have pieces from your Pre-AW15 and AW15 collections?
Our long beaded gold coat and leather and suede bell bottoms.

What are you looking forward to for SS16?
Colour!

The secret to surviving fashion week is?
Lots of caffeine.

Who is the first person you telephone call after your show?
My company’s president.

Alice + Olivia is available at Harvey Nichols Dubai, Mall of the Emirates. 

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