It all came about when NYC native Stacey Bendet had the urge to find the perfect pair of trousers. Before she knew it, the quirky designer had created a stylishly retro and eclectic collection worn by the hottest New York scenesters.

Emirates Woman explores the creative life of the founder and designer of Alice + Olivia.



Describe the Alice + Olivia girl:

Cool, creative and beautiful inside and out.

Complete this sentence. Every girl shouldn’t be without


Quote of the week:

“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun,” Katherine Hepburn.

Your fail-safe rules of style?

Be yourself! Or be someone else, but make sure it’s a full look

Who styles your amazing hair?

I either do it myself or I get Danielle Priano or Anthony Cole to come round for a hair visit.

Who’s on your beauty speed dial? Jen Myles for make-up and Christine Chin for facials.

Favourite NYC hangout?

Our office, it’s filled with the most amazing women.

What celebrity would fit the Alice + Olivia brand?

I don’t think there’s really one person that fits the Alice + Olivia description, I like to try and design for every woman.

Give us a run down of a typical Stacey Bendet day: I don’t think anything about me is typical.

It’s been a long day in the showroom, what do you perk yourself up with? A margarita.

What music is playing while you work? Depends on my mood, anything from jazz to 1970s rock to 1980s punk. I like to mix it up,

What, in your opinion, is the biggest misconception about looking good? I think people forget that feeling good is as important as looking good. Although a pretty dress never hurt anyone.

What do you love about New York? Everything! The energy, the eclectic-ness and the feeling that every street offers new inspiration and new things to discover.