At the risk of sounding hyperbolic, we believe finding a brand that consistently produces sophisticated, attainable, and endlessly chic pieces is a lot like finding your soul mate. Once you connect, it's a total love fest and you're committed for life! For us, that Line We Love is A.L.C. From the moment celebrity stylist-turned-designer Andrea Lieberman launched the line three years ago, we swooned for her well-edited collection of contemporary classics and go-to closet essentials. And naturally, as the brand started to grow-this spring marks Lieberman's foray into jewelry with a complete collection of elegant-yet-slightly-moody bijoux-so did our devotion! With the news of A.L.C.'s exciting expansion, we knew this month was the perfect time to spotlight some of our favorite pieces from the label's S/S 12 collection. We've got our eye on everything from the shark tooth necklace to the mint green blazer, and we're confident that by the end of today's story A.L.C. will be your sartorial love match too!
Madeline Dress ($795, 212.826.8900) in Electric Blue Print
Readers looking to make a bold statement this spring will undoubtedly fall hard for the Madeline Dress. The abstract print and electric blue color not only make a stunning combination, but also lend the classic shirtdress a modern look. Add a cropped jacket and strappy heels, and you'll be ready for a night out with the girls!
Around the World Mini Sharks Tooth Necklace ($295, available mid-February) in Silver
While we hope to eventually collect all of the amazing necklaces in the S/S 12 collection, the Around The World Mini Sharks Tooth Necklace is at the top of our list. Seamlessly interweaving sophisticated elegance with edgy sensibilities, this dainty bauble is swoon-worthy indeed! Mix it with a few additional necklaces for a cool, layered look.
Wyatt Gaucho Pants ($396, available late February) in White
One of the things we appreciate most about A.L.C.'s S/S 12 collection is all of the amazing transitional pieces, including the Wyatt Gaucho Pants. Combining fall's in-demand wide-leg silhouette with a crisp white hue, these comfortable, throw-on-and-go trousers will surely become a key wardrobe component. We like the idea of adding a burst of color with a neon blouse for an fun and energetic warm-weather look.
Double Bondage Bracelet ($375, available mid-February) in Gold
The Double Bondage Bracelet has all the qualities of a show-stopping piece of jewelry. The refined and slight industrial design is fashion-forward, while the slim bangles and gorgeous gold plating are totally chic. We can certainly imagine Taylor Tomasi Hill sporting this bracelet during NYFW.
Zoe Blazer ($695, 212.826.8900) in Mint
If we could wear only one blazer this spring, the Zoe Blazer would win hands down. Available in the most amazing mint green hue-a color that happens to be wildly popular this season-with contrasting black lapels, this jacket injects your day-to-day ensembles with a hint of color and lots of ladylike sophistication. Styling suggestions? Wear it to an office meeting with a classic button-up and minimalist trousers, then easily transition it for after-hours by pairing it with a floral frock or leather pants.
Nette Top ($295) in White
Whether it's full-sleeved or sleeveless, in a lively print or classic white, a button-up shirt is a year-round staple that never seems to go out of style! Accordingly, we think the Nette Top is an investment-worthy piece every girl should own! Trust us, you'll be glad to have it on hand when summer's sizzling temperatures arrive, plus its ability to polish both your nine-to-five wardrobe and weekend attire means it's a top you'll wear again and again.
Brass Handcuff Ring w/ Swarovski Crystals ($195) in Gold
Though we typically reach for a chunky statement ring to complete our look, we'll make an exception for this little guy! What this bauble lacks in size, it more than makes up for in luxurious design, including gold plating and faceted Swarovski crystals. This piece adds a hint of glamour to every look (warning: you'll never want to take it off)!
Q&A with Andrea Lieberman
What inspired the start of your design career?
I've always wanted to be a designer-I actually went to Parsons straight out of high school. After school I traveled, ending up in Africa for about two years. When I came back to New York I fell into styling; a friend of a friend referred me and it continued from there. With designing A.L.C., it was the same sort of thing. I saw an opportunity to start my own collection, the timing felt right, and I embraced it. It all happened very organically.
What was the inspiration behind this season's collection?
I always draw on my life experiences and things that speak to my sense of wanderlust. For spring, I had an image of a refined girl from Belgravia turned West African surfer. The batik prints I developed felt like they really captured that girl. For me, it's all about pedigree with an edge. The starting point is always something that is inspired, but I never lose sight of the fact that I want to make clothes that are real and that a woman wants to not only wear, but covet too.
How would you style specific pieces from this collection? Do you have a favorite piece in the collection?
One of my favorite looks is the first look of the collection-the leather pintuck pants paired with the collarless mint blazer and silk button-up collared shirt. It just feels a little bit badass.
What kind of girl do you envision wearing your clothing?
A girl with style and a modern aesthetic.
How does your design process for a collection start?
Every season the design process is different. I am constantly gathering references, whether it's an incredible book like Farm, which I just discovered and fell in love with, or a vintage piece in just the right color combination. Choosing fabrics, developing prints, and analyzing color are also key in the beginning stages.
I always find that the final collection is less the result of the beginning inspiration, but rather a result of the journey of the creative process. At the end of every season, when I step back and take a look at the collection, I often wonder how I got there.
What inspired/prompted you to branch out and design jewelry?
I've been designing fine jewelry for many years; it's a process I love and find really inspiring. The launch of A.L.C. jewelry was only a matter of time.-Jessica Baker