Alice + Olivia x Basquiat Is Our Dream Come True

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We talked to Stacey Bendet about the collaboration

The following feature appears in the November 2016 issue of NYLON.

If you had to point to one person who embodied New York in the ’80s, you could do worse than choose Jean-Michel Basquiat. Whether he was running around tagging the streets with SAMO©, making a cameo in Blondie’s “Rapture” music video, or collaborating with Andy Warhol, he did it all with an authentic, magnetic energy very much his own. While his life was tragically cut short at the age of 27, his vivacity has lived on in his work, in photographs and videos of him, and, now, in a new collection by Alice + Olivia.

The range, made in partnership with the CFDA, pays homage to the artist by drawing elements from pieces like Beat Bop, Replicas, Ascent, In Italian, A Panel of Experts, and Notary, and was aided by the Basquiat Estate and his friends Julian Schnabel and Tamra Davis.

The result is easily one of the season’s coolest collections, with printed dresses, painted skirts, intricate beading, graphic bags, and a doodled leather jacket. Here, we chat with designer Stacey Bendet about the offerings and the magical man that was Basquiat. 

How did you interpret the paintings into new forms of art?
I wanted the clothing to feel like artwork coming to life. It is not interesting to me to just slap a logo or print on a T-shirt. I wanted each piece to feel like the paintings were becoming three-dimensional.

What’s your favorite story about Basquiat? 
It’s hard to pick one. I love how he constantly wanted to box with Julian Schnabel, and I loved learning about his relationship with Andy Warhol.

Basquiat once said, “I don’t think about art when I’m working. I try to think about life.” What do you think about when you’re designing?
I think it’s so relevant and so true. When I’m designing, I’m thinking about a woman, about her world and her life. It is about form and function and beauty, but it is really about life. Unless I am collaborating with an artist—then I do think about art!

Alice + Olivia x Basquiat, $150-$1,295, Available at all Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet boutiques and

Cara Delevingne, Ashley Benson, and Agyness Deyn also star

Elisabeth Moss is trying to keep it together as punk rock artist Becky Something in the trailer for forthcoming movie Her Smell. She's surrounded by iconic faces who make up her band Something She, Gayle Rankin as Ali van der Wolff and Agyness Deyn as Marielle Hell, as she grapples with the fact that her musical prowess just doesn't draw as big a crowd as it used to.

In addition to the wavering fame, Becky is "grappling with motherhood, exhausted bandmates, nervous record company executives, and a new generation of rising talent eager to usurp her stardom," according to a press release. "When Becky's chaos and excesses derail a recording session and national tour, she finds herself shunned, isolated and alone. Forced to get sober, temper her demons, and reckon with the past, she retreats from the spotlight and tries to recapture the creative inspiration that led her band to success." And what's clear from the trailer, Moss is absolutely meant for this role, transforming into the punk on the brink of collapse.

Rounding out the cast are Ashley Benson, Cara Delevingne, and Dan Stevens. Watch the official trailer, below. Her Smell hits theaters on April 12 in New York and 14 in L.A., with "national expansion to follow."




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In an acceptance speech at the BRIT Awards

As The 1975 accepted the BRIT Award for Best British group, outspoken frontman Matty Healy shared the words of journalist Laura Snapes as a way of calling out misogyny that remains ever-present in the music industry. Healy lifted a powerful quote from Snapes' coverage of allegations against Ryan Adams for The Guardian: "Male misogynist acts are examined for nuance and defended as traits of 'difficult' artists, [while] women and those who call them out are treated as hysterics who don't understand art."

Snapes reacted almost immediately on Twitter, saying she was "gobsmacked, and honoured that he'd use his platform to make this statement." Snapes had originally written the line for an interview she published with Sun Kil Moon singer Mark Kozelek back in 2015, in response to Kozelek publicly calling her a "bitch" who "totally wants to have my babies" because she requested to speak in person rather than via e-mail, which she brought up in the more recent piece on Adams. Kozelek's vile response, and the misogyny that allowed it to play out without real consequences, it could be argued, could have easily played out in the same way in 2019, which makes her reiteration of the line, and Healy's quoting it on such a large platform, all the more important.

It should be noted that back in December, Healy caught a bit of heat himself on Twitter for an interview with The Fader in which he insinuated that misogyny was an issue exclusive to hip-hop, and that rock 'n' roll had freed itself of it. He clarified at length on Twitter and apologized, saying, "I kinda forget that I'm not very educated on feminism and misogyny and I cant just 'figure stuff out' in public and end up trivializing the complexities of such enormous, experienced issues."