Andrea Lieberman has lately described her vision for A.L.C. as a mix of crafty textures and supercharged colors. It’s a combination that’s rippling through fashion right now, partly thanks to Daniel Lee’s brief tenure at Bottega Veneta; even our homes have come to reflect our growing tastes for raw materials and bold, abstract forms.
For pre-fall, Lieberman expanded on the theme with newly ambitious handcrafts—see: a hand-crocheted column dress aswirl with geometric shapes—and easy dresses in sizzling neons. A few of her signature knife-pleated styles came with new swim-inspired halter straps strung with wooden beads. She also introduced her first actual swimsuits, including a Kelly green maillot styled as a bodysuit paired with one of the collection’s best pieces, a hip-slung utility trouser with foldover details at the waist and seams.
Since this collection will drop just weeks before summer—i.e, wedding season—the dresses are likely to be Lieberman’s big sellers. A drop-waist number in peridot will introduce a new color and silhouette to the A.L.C. customer’s repertoire of slips and midis, but Lieberman’s personal favorite is a no-frills strapless dress in traffic-cone orange.