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Andrea Lieberman’s eponymous collection, A.L.C. has garnered accolades from the CFDA, and graced the pages of WWD, Vogue, and Harpers Bazaar. And there’s good reason. This New Yorker & Parsons School of Design grad, sheathed everyone from Jennifer Lopez and Gwen Stefani to Gwyneth Paltrow and Cameron Diaz when she worked as a stylist before launching her line. Clearly she knows how to dress women, and how to create a silhouette that honors the rockstar and red carpet darling in all of us. But it is the anatomy of a look – the inspiration, the backstory, the understanding of why a collection looks the way it does – that fascinates me. Perhaps it is the many years that Andrea spent in Africa that informs her pieces, or the bravado of the women with which she’s worked. Andrea shares what took two of her signature looks from a thought to an actualization. This is The Anatomy of Design with Andrea Lieberman:
THE TRIBE SWEATER
“It was only a matter of time before this sweater came to fruition – it’s been in my mind for years. To me, the tribe is about a commonality, it’s not ethnic, it’s not familial, it’s more of a heartbeat, a spirit and a life.”
“I’ve always had my tribe, my group of like-minded people working together to achieve something great – just going for it. There is so much power in a tribe. TribeALC represents a strength, a tribal heartbeat, and an unspoken understanding.”
“I have long been a proponent of a jumpsuit. I think that there is an ease and confidence to the silhouette, which is why it is a mainstay in the A.L.C. collection. The Olive Jumpsuit from Pre Fall is a personal favorite. It embodies what A.L.C. is all about: casual luxury that is a little to the left of classic. It is perfectly tailored and somewhat unassuming in the front but the reverse reveals a draped and exposed back. I always look to classic tailoring for inspiration, and with that as a base, like to play with the idea of masculine meets feminine. As for color, midnight navy is my favorite. Someone once told me “navy is the rich man’s black,” and while I can’t bash black, I must admit I do love navy.”