By Terry Trucco
For two hours late Monday afternoon the ballroom at the Pierre Hotel was transformed into Versailles, or Versailles as dreamed up by designer Stacey Benedet for her alice + olivia Spring 2015 collection.
Models flaunting Benedet’s flirty dresses — Halston-esque halter necklines, chiffon accordion pleats — stood grouped in themed tableaux. Carpets of faux grass — miniature golf, anyone? — blanketed the real carpeting to create a garden room where the Pierre’s fanciful frescoes of Versailles backdropped the models.
But the high-octane fantasy unfurled in the ballroom, where uniformed servers passing around champagne wove through a stiletto-heeled throng sprinkled with minor celebs like former Real Housewife Bethenny Frankel and teen actress Bella Thorne. Built-in accoutrements — chandeliers and sconces dripping with crystals, framed mirrors signed alice+olivia in white script — illuminated models grouped around Marie Antoinette-style extravagances like piles of frosted mini-sweets (let them eat cupcakes) and an enormous satin-sheeted bed. Chinese model CiCi Xiang’s bejeweled Old Regine mountain of hair crowned by a sculpted white dove extended at least two-feet above her head. Everyone took her picture. (more…)