Alice + Olivia supports new talent
Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet had teamed up with the Council of Fashion Designers of America to promote young fashion talent.
This venture will see the brand collaborate with fresh new artists each year to create one-of-a-kind pieces, which will then be auctioned off and proceeds being given to the CFDA.
First up in the running is Spanish-American artist Domingo Zapata, and once the artists' items have been sold, Alice + Olivia will make versions of them available in a capsule collection available at its stores and other retail partners. Again, some proceeds will go to the CFDA, but this time it will be 50 per cent rather than all.
Stacey is pleased to have taken on the task and the impact it has had on her brand.
"[The partnership] is very reflective of my brand and our continued collaboration with artists. It is also wonderful to be able to raise funds for the CFDA, in their ongoing support of our industry and its new talent," she told WWD.
Likewise, CEO of the CFDA, Steven Kolb, feels this teaming of talents is a perfect match. The CFDA is a non-profit organisation made up of over 400 of the US' most famous womenswear, menswear, jewellery and accessory designers. Alexander Wang, Tim Coppens and Tommy Hilfiger are just some of the big names who are a part of it.
“Stacey has been a valued member of the CFDA for a long time, and we could not be more appreciative for her work to help us in our cause to advance up-and-coming fashion designers," Steven added. "The extraordinary support we will be receiving from the brand thanks to this initiative is invaluable to our organisation."
Domingo has studios in New York, Hollywood and Miami, and he's already hand-painted and signed a unique ball gown and gown skirt. This, along with an Alice + Olivia ball gown skirt with leather waistband and a strapless bustier in leather customised by the artist, will be auctioned off on April 29 by Paddle8.