As part of our Fashion Week 360 coverage we're chatting to designers, bloggers, and fashion influencers about what makes their style capital tick. Alice + Olivia designer Stacey Bendet shows her collections in the Big Apple and lives in the West Village. Find out why she's in love with New York, New York and check out her top tips for where to eat, drink and people watch when you're in town...
Grazia Daily: How do you describe Alice + Olivia to the uninitiated?
Stacey Bendet: Clothing that is fun and inspiring for every part of a woman's life!
Grazia Daily: Do you have a muse and if not, what would your imaginary muse be like?
Stacey Bendet: I like to change outfits multiple times a day. So my muse changes by the minute with my mood. I suppose my imaginary muse is quite colourful and crazy!
Grazia Daily: What can we expect from the new season? Where do you get your inspiration from?
Stacey Bendet: Our Spring collection is very romantic. I wanted to design it in a way that was both dressed up and casual. A modern bohemian.
Grazia Daily: How do you describe your style taste? Is it something that carries though to your interiors, holidays etc?
Stacey Bendet: I love print and colour, and juxtaposition in unexpected ways. Yes, I think I do the same with interiors.
Grazia Daily: Talking of holidays, how have you spent your summer?
Stacey Bendet: Well, I spent most of August in NYC working on our collection. But earlier in the Summer we traveled a lot. I was in Turkey, Malibu, Sun Valley...it was great.
Grazia Daily: What's your favourite thing about New York City?
Stacey Bendet: It's impossible to name only one thing! I love the energy. The people. The feeling that there is something new to discover around every corner.
Grazia Daily: Where do you live and why?
Stacey Bendet: I live in the West Village. I love downtown Manhattan.
Grazia Daily: Describe a typical Sunday afternoon at your place.
Stacey Bendet: Dance parties. Tea parties. Park trips. All things girly!
Grazia Daily: Where is your favourite place to a) Eat, b) Drink and c) People watch?
Stacey Bendet: Eat: I love Beyond Sushi. It's vegan and organic and they deliver! If I go out to eat, I love Waverly Inn or Nobu. Drink: The Bowery Hotel. People watch: Outside of our office! Never a dull moment over here!
Grazia Daily: What's one thing that a New Yorker knows that could help a tourist in town?
Stacey Bendet: How to use the map's function on your phone when walking around town. NY'ers are not very direction-friendly!
Grazia Daily: What do you love about NYFW - what are you most looking forward to?
Stacey Bendet: The city just fills up with beautiful people and I love pretty people!
Grazia Daily: What are your least favourite things about NYC?
Stacey Bendet: The heat in the Summer and the garbage on the streets.
Grazia Daily: What do you think of British style? Are you an Anglophile?
Stacey Bendet: I love Brits! They are so full of energy and individuality. I am a fan!
Grazia Daily: What's the best thing about being a designer...and the worst?
Stacey Bendet: I love creating and being able to see an idea come to fruition. I love making beautiful things. The worst? Fashion week falling right at the end of the Summer!
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