A Day in the Life of Stacey Bendet

Out on the Town With the Designer of Alice and Olivia.

From early morning yoga to design meetings to throwing a dessert party, there’s not much Stacey Bendet leaves out in the span of a day. The Creative Director of the much-loved label Alice and Olivia recently invited us out for a peek into her whirlwind New York life, replete with a trip to Saks, a twirl through the Alice and Olivia showroom and style tips for busy moms like herself.

A Day Out With Stacey Bendet

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From early morning yoga to design meetings to throwing a dessert party, there’s not much Stacey Bendet leaves out in the span of a day. The Creative Director of the much-loved label Alice and Olivia recently invited us out for a peek into her whirlwind New York life, replete with a trip to Saks, a twirl through the Alice and Olivia showroom and style tips for busy moms like herself.

A Day Out With Stacey Bendet

SaksPOV: Though you travel often, you’re a born-and-bred New Yorker and Alice + Olivia was founded here. So what’s a typical day like for you when you come back to home base?

Stacey Bendet: I don’t have a typical day! I run a company and have three daughters; no two days are ever the same. The one constant is starting my day with my Ashtanga yoga practice.

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Getting Down to Business at Alice and Olivia HQ

Alice and Olivia: Skirt | Jacket

SaksPOV: Your fall presentation was a like a fabulous New York flashback. Were there any favorite places or things you did as a kid growing up here that you’ve been able to pass down to your daughters?

Stacey: The memories I want to pass down to my children are more about family relationships and love, but I do remember my dad always taking me for bagels on Saturday mornings, and I love taking my daughters to Zucker’s Bagels on the weekends. I also remember going to my dad’s office and my daughters come to mine all of the time!

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“Ashtanga Yoga Is My Daily ‘Me’ Time”

SaksPOV: Speaking of your daughters, when you do get alone time, what do you love doing on your own?

Stacey: Ashtanga yoga is definitely my daily ‘me’ time!

SaksPOV: You’ve always been known for your fearless and unique personal style, and we love how it hasn’t changed much, even after having three kids. You’re still rocking the big hats and tall boots, and we love it! But has having children changed how you dress in little ways, especially with less time for yourself?

Stacey: I have to say at times my choice of shoes has at times approached the practical, and on the weekends I am always more conscious of clothes that are easy to run around in. Otherwise I think my style has evolved, but that evolution is more about my personal style than motherhood!

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Happy Hour, Stacey Style: Cakes and Goodies at Her Tribeca Apartment

Alice and Olivia: Top | Skirt

SaksPOV: On that note, do you find yourself reaching for certain pieces from your collection again and again when getting dressed in a hurry?

StaceyOver the knee boots, and our new stripe suede bootie. Leather and suede bell-bottoms are always a quick and easy way to look effortlessly chic, and a great statement coat is always something I reach for!

 

Discover  Alice + Olivia’s fall collection Saks.com.

 


15 Minutes With Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne

The Creative Directors of DKNY Reflect on the Brand's Past and Hint to the Future.

It doesn’t get much more New York than designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne. The duo, hailing from Queens and Brooklyn, respectively, saw their stars rise with their streetwear-infused label Public School. When it was announced they’d been tapped as the new creative directors for DKNY, the choice seemed almost intuitive. Who could better understand a line with so much New York in its DNA than these two? On the launch of DKNY’s fall collection at Saks, they gave us a deeper look into this new chapter, reflecting on the brand’s past, while keeping their sights squarely on the future.

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Maxwell Osborne, Left, and Dao-Yi Chow, Creative Directors of DKNY

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It doesn’t get much more New York than designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne. The duo, hailing from Queens and Brooklyn, respectively, saw their stars rise with their streetwear-infused label Public School. When it was announced they’d been tapped as the new creative directors for DKNY, the choice seemed almost intuitive. Who could better understand a line with so much New York in its DNA than these two? On the launch of DKNY’s fall collection at Saks, they gave us a deeper look into this new chapter, reflecting on the brand’s past, while keeping their sights squarely on the future.

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Maxwell Osborne, Left, and Dao-Yi Chow, Creative Directors of DKNY

SaksPOV: From what we’ve seen between the your first collection for DKNY until now, the look has been more of an evolution than a complete season by season overhaul. Was this a purposeful decision you both made from the start, or something that’s just happened organically?

DKNY: It was organic. As the process developed with our first collection, we couldn’t deny the roots of the brand. The DKNY woman is on her journey and slowly evolving each season. At the same time, so are we.

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A Minimal Take on Velvet, One of Fall’s Key Trends

DKNY: Dress

SaksPOV: Has your idea of the DKNY woman changed since the first collection, and if so how? How different is she than her 90′s counterpart?

DKNY: She has the world adapting to her now as opposed to vice versa. She’s not this one thing and she never stops moving, and is someone who really wants to be taken seriously, but still is not taking herself too seriously.

SaksPOV: How much has the work you’ve done for Public School affect DKNY, and vice versa? Do you try to keep the aesthetic sensibilities and references in the design process for each collection very separate, or is it just inevitable when designing two lines one will affect the other?

DKNY: The processes don’t necessarily differ in the sense of having separate approaches. They’re both inspired by our thoughts, things we see, fabric, colors, etc. But we think about the collections in a different way. PS is an edgier girl and very specific. DKNY is cool and sophisticated.

SaksPOV: How do you see the next few seasons evolving or changing in terms of the clothing? And in terms of how the brand is positioned, and what kind of consumer you’d like to reach?

DKNY: We want to make DKNY a brand that people can relate to; something real and practical but aspirational at the same time.

 

Be the first to experience DKNY’s fall 2016 collection at Saks.com.


History Repeats Itself: Mark Cross Returns to Saks

The Venerable Leather Goods Line Returns to Saks.

Before there the Chanel 2.55, Celine Luggage, or Fendi Baguette, the ultimate it bag was once a Mark Cross. What started as a saddle-making company in 1845 became a destination for luxury leather goods by 1902, with a flagship right on Fifth Avenue not far from Saks. After changing hands over the course of the 20th century and closing down in the 1990s, Mark Cross relaunched in 2011. It’s now come full circle, returning to its Fifth Avenue roots at Saks, where you can find the timeless styles that once graced the arms of Zelda Fitzgerald and Grace Kelly.

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The Box Bag Carried by Grace Kelly in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window

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Before there the Chanel 2.55, Celine Luggage, or Fendi Baguette, the ultimate it bag was once a Mark Cross. What started as a saddle-making company in 1845 became a destination for luxury leather goods by 1902, with a flagship right on Fifth Avenue not far from Saks. After changing hands over the course of the 20th century and closing down in the 1990s, Mark Cross relaunched in 2011. It’s now come full circle, returning to its Fifth Avenue roots at Saks, where you can find the timeless styles that once graced the arms of Zelda Fitzgerald and Grace Kelly.

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The Box Bag Carried by Grace Kelly in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window

Mark Cross: Grace Bag

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Petite and Elegant, the Hadley Bag Stands the Test of Time

Mark Cross: Hadley Bag

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Pebbled Leather Gives a Modern Finish to the Laura Bag

Mark Cross: Laura Bag

Find everything that speaks to your style at Saks.com.