The proximity of Stacey Bendet’s Alice + Olivia store to the Tents at Bryant Park, makes her an obvious New York Fashion Week style setter. Her boutique, which is located on 40th Street serves as an unofficial retreat from the chaos. Bendet, who became famous for her flattering and versatile pants, has since branched out and created must have party dresses, sexy tanks, a line of shoes with Payless, and sparkly Keds to boot. Bendet will show her Fall 2010 collection tonight at Provocateur; Mickey Avalon will perform and The Misshapes will spin for the crowd. In the midst of putting the finishing touches on her collection, Bendet shared some of her favorite things with GlamChic. ~Nola Weinstein
What’s inspiring you now?
I have been having a Tim Burton obsession. I love Alice in Wonderland and I love his drawings, his films…he’s like creativity personified. And my daughter Eloise. Eloise picks up my clothing and has this funny way of draping things around her and I watch the way the fabric falls and sometimes it just looks really cool and different. No one would believe this but its true! So I guess Beetle Juice meets a one year old who loves fuzzy hoodies and animal blankies? I am probably scaring people now.
Where will you be wining and dining this season?
We have made Nobu a habit since it’s five blocks from our apartment. I also love the Waverly Inn when it’s cold out and Kitchenette for brunch on the weekends…
Describe your Fall 2010 collection in 140 characters or less:
Pretty, Sexy. Chic. Whimsical. The colors are really rich and beautiful and the bodies are sexy, modern…is this twitter?
What three things can you not live without?
My husband. My daughter. My Heels.
What cartoon character do you most identify with and why?
My husband Eric calls me Japanimae. And my father-in-law is turning us into a cartoon. So I guess I can relate to me soon.
What’s the most stylish place in New York?
Well, besides my office….:) The Boom Boom Room is rather chic these days and there is never a shortage of good outfits at the Waverly Inn!
Whose closet would you like to raid?
Amy Fine Collins. Without hesitation or doubt, she has the best style of anyone I know and the most incredible wardrobe and some of the most amazing vintage Geoffrey Beene and Ralph Rucci and YSL…