After guiding Gwen Stefani’s early stage costumes and L.A.M.B. clothing line, and helping put Jennifer Lopez in that iconic plunging green Versace Grammys gown, Andrea Lieberman knows a thing or two about early Aughts style.
So it felt natural for the Hollywood stylist-turned-designer to hop on fashion’s current nostalgia train with her latest A.L.C. collection, but keeping in mind what a woman who lived through it all the first time might feel comfortable wearing today.
Thank you, ma’am!
So black pants were sitting a little lower on the waist, but hardly low-slung, worn with cheeky silk boxer shorts peeking out and a black silk bra top. The effect was sexy but not raunchy. Black vegan leather coveralls came styled over a cream cable knit shrug (remember those?). And a slinky black stretch velvet dress had an oversize buckle detail over the open back for a cool look. (Tiger-patterned wrap coat optional for a wild night.)
Her take on embellished jeans came in a rich-looking toffee hue with a barely there smattering of rhinestones, matched to a drapey jersey viscose button front shirt — a vast improvement over the sweaty satin shirts of yore — and faux fur coat for a monochromatic moment.
A long black puffer coat with scarf detail, vegan leather hoodie, dove gray silk pajama pants and fringed cream wool poncho made in collaboration with female collective Manos del Uruguay were versatile pieces, too, as was a peach silk radzimer sport-tech gown that could work at an event with heels, or with a turtleneck sweater and lug sole boots for something more low-key.
“There’s an opportunity now that we have all had time to stop down during the pandemic to level set, and create a life and wardrobe that works for you,” the designer said of her eye toward festive yet functional for the holiday and resort season.
“Business has been great. We went from grinding to a screeching halt to starting to pick up, to going like wildfire,” she said, having pulled her car over for a video call on the streets of New York City, fresh off the opening of her third retail store in East Hampton.
Gotta keep on hustling.