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Alice + Olivia‘s colorful, girly creations are a favorite here at StyleWatch — and a favorite in Hollywood. Not only does designer Stacey Bendet have a close relationship with Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 star Krysten Ritter, but she always draws a group of young starlets to her presentations; this season, Lauren Conrad, Jamie Chung, Elisabeth Moss and Odette Annable were just a few notable names spotted inside.
But there’s one star in particular she’s always hoped to dress, and somewhat serendipitously, her dream just recently came true.
As luck would have it, though, “she just wore one of our leather corseted gowns in [the October 2012 issue of]
. I was so proud when I saw that, because when you dress another designer, it’s like a different level of pride.”
Bendet also has a lot of pride in her spring 2013 collection (above), filled with colorful 1950s-inspired day dresses, skirts created in collaboration with Magnum ice cream and more than a few red-carpet-worthy gowns. “There are some things that could work for their sexiness, some for their fashion,” she said, pointing out a black-and-white color-blocked beaded dress (above, left). “A lot of girls are into those fuller, flirty skirts lately, too. But I’m excited to hopefully see a lot of different styles on the red carpet.”