ALC Fall 2022 Ready-to-Wear Collection
Some designers take a fantastical, fanciful take on fashion — all ball gowns, hyper-exposed bellies, and catsuits with attached boots and gloves — but Andrea Lieberman rejects all of that. “You know, we make real clothes, and that’s something we’re incredibly proud of,” she says. “We dress for real women who are modern, who live their lives.” Don’t get me wrong, it can be as difficult as imagining a pantaboot.
After 14 years of ALC, Lieberman has a good idea of what his clients will be drawn to. House codes include luxe layering, foldover belts on pants, jersey dresses and just enough pops of color. The pieces that feel most distinctly 2022 are the soft, “mushy” bags in Lieberman’s words, made of vegan leather or sheepskin that look like clouds. Shearling is repeated as jackets and faux leather is used in skirts, pants and coats. (Really, are there fabrics trendier than vegan leather and shearling? I think that’s what we’ll be using, five years from now, to define the early 2020s.)
Lieberman is also comfortable with the 2000 revival, as she played a key role in defining turn-of-the-millennium style as stylist for Jennifer Lopez (she designed the Versace dress which launched Google Images). Dresses in cobalt jersey and a rust-magenta print don’t feel forced, as early 2000s references so easily can. But the collection is largely aimed at a grown woman rather than a party girl. “There’s an elegance that comes from just being comfortable,” Lieberman says. In most of his collection, a would.