Monday Muse: A.L.C.’s Nomadic Romanticism

A.L.C. Spring 2016

A.L.C. Spring 2016

A.L.C.’s Andrea Lieberman won’t ever shed her title as a red-carpet stylist (and why would she, with that famous Versace gown she put on J.Lo?) but more and more, her line is becoming a real force in fashion. With a new investment from InterLuxe (home of Jason Wu), we’re sure to see even more from the brand, which has grown from a contemporary label to include handbags and an extended range of outerwear and more. This season, Lieberman — who also counts Orange County-born Gwen Stefani as a client — looked to a blend of soul and punk for an earthy collection that Ms. Gwen herself would be proud of.

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Spring’s mix was inspired by a Berber textile Lieberman had picked up in her travels — only to have it stashed away in a box at her father’s home. Upon finding it again, she created a deeply personal collection that riffed on the ’70s and ’90s — two of fashion’s current touchstones and A.L.C.’s signature mix.

A.L.C. RTW Spring 2016

A.L.C. Spring 2016

A studded suede jacket might sound costumey but it was sumptuous and luxe, while crocheted maxis were boho in the best way possible. There wasn’t a hint of irony anywhere, just evidence of love for two decades that had their own unique take on personal style.

Prints were a major player in the collection, which drew color and pattern from that Berber fabric. Lieberman created soft, flowing maxis with chevron prints that touched on the punk via injections of mustard, but stayed soft and feminine with lines and a gathered belt. It was stuff you could actually see yourself wearing, which is more than some brands can say, especially ones that bank on showmanship and skin-baring spectacle instead of actual clothes.

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A.L.C. Spring 2016

A.L.C. Spring 2016

The shapes were pure L.A. — think flowing shirtdresses a la Laurel Canyon’s heyday, those aforementioned maxis, dresses that went from day to night and lots of throw-and-go options ranging from dresses to separates. And where will you go? This nomad-inflected collection has everything you need to trek to Timbuktu and back, all with that easygoing nonchalance that A.L.C. has banked on. You might not be a red-carpet walking celeb, but you can look like one off-duty, especially in a collection as stellar as this one. With a richness and worldliness lacking in the contemporary market, it’s obvious why A.L.C. is getting bigger and bigger.

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Author:Christopher Luu for Fashion Trends Daily

Christopher Luu is a Fashion Trends Daily Senior Writer and Menswear Editor.