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Alice + Olivia Partners With CFDA to Foster Fresh Design Talent

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Alice + OliviaAlice + Olivia is supporting the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s (CFDA) efforts to promote young talent for the second time.

The New York-based contemporary clothing company announced Wednesday that Jean-Michel Basquiat, the late Neo-expressionist artist and frequent Andy Warhol collaborator, had been selected for the second CFDA capsule collection.

“Jean-Michel Basquiat is one of my favorite artists. This partnership is exciting for me as it is very reflective of my brand and our continued collaboration with artists. It is also wonderful to be able to raise funds for the CFDA and support their ongoing initiatives within our industry that develop new talent,” Stacey Bendet, chief executive and creative director of Alice + Olivia, said.

The collection, shown as part of the brand’s Resort 2017 season, will hit stores and online in November, and 50 percent of the proceeds from select items will be donated to the CFDA.

Steven Kolb, president and CEO of the CFDA, said, “We could not be more appreciative of Stacey Bendet and her work to help us in our cause to advance up-and-coming fashion talent. Thanks to this initiative, the support we will be receiving from Alice + Olivia is of great value to our organization.”

Inspired by some of Basquiat’s most famed works (including “Beat Bop” 1983, “Replicas” 1983, “Ascent” 1983, “In Italian” 1983, “Panel of Experts” 1982 and “Notary” 1983), Bendet has reinterpreted iconic elements from each as beadwork and embroidery on apparel, shoes and accessories. Some pieces, such as a floor-length A-line silk skirt (pictured), appear as though painted by Basquiat himself.

For her first CFDA capsule collection, which debuted in April 2015, Bendet collaborated with Spanish-American artist Domingo Zapata.

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