Can we take a moment to collectively flashback circa 1995 when Gwen Stefani was crying the whole poor-ol’-me in “Just A Girl” in sheer crop tops, flatforms and mesh long sleeves? Tragic Kingdom was easily one the best albums of the 90s. But fast-forward a few years later to Stefani’s Rastafarian “Rock Steady” phase and Harajuku era and you got one girl to applaud – yeah, this one.
Unless you’ve been living in your parent’s basement without internet for the last four years or so, we’re pretty sure you’re well acquainted with A.L.C. Listen, if you didn’t connect the dots ‘til now, we’re not judging – but the genius behind the abbreviated brand is, in fact, Andrea Lieberman. Before debuting what just so happens to be –biases aside – one of the dopest contemporary lines to date, Lieberman ran a retail store in N.Y.C. called “Culture and Reality” – cut to the styling success story. When your clients happen to be the frontwoman of No Doubt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Hudson and Cameron Diaz and you have that kind of eye, needless to say you’re destined for greatness.
We teamed up with our friends at ELLE and popped by (announced, obviously) Lieberman’s L.A. abode. She graciously ushered us in and gave us the grand tour, which included a pit stop at her guest house-turned-husband’s workshop-turned vintage closet. As a veteran stylist, you can only imagine the one-of-a-kind treasures she’s acquired over the years; we’re talking rare Balenciaga, Lanvin, Alaïa, Fendi and Mugler people! All together now: This sh*t is banana. B-A-N-A-N-A-S!
Pre-kid days (who, may we add, are the cutest duo), Lierberman and her husband travelled the world exploring everything from Africa to India to Marrakesh, collecting handmade slippers and artifacts along the way. “It is the combination of these experiences that inspires me. I want to make the clothes you pack in your suitcase; the pieces that can take you from Abbot Kinney to the Carrousel du Louvre to the beaches of Monaco. I want to make luxurious, truly considered pieces that still have a sense of everyday.” And, we can attest, Lieberman has created just that… and so much more.