Alice + Olivia releasing reusable face mask collection to the public

Alice + Olivia is releasing a jersey fabric face mask collection that can be bought by the public and non-emergency workers amid the growing coronavirus pandemic.The American fashion label, headed up by designer Stacey Bendet, previously donated 5,000 …

Alice + Olivia is releasing a jersey fabric face mask collection that can be bought by the public and non-emergency workers amid the growing coronavirus pandemic.

The American fashion label, headed up by designer Stacey Bendet, previously donated 5,000 face masks to doctors and nurses on the frontline in hospitals in New York City and Arizona.

On Monday, it was announced that the company will be rolling out the $10 (£8) washable face masks, using the designer’s iconic Staceface print, that can be bought by members of the public to help protect themselves during the Covid-19 crisis, and for every purchase, Bendet has vowed to donate a mask to workers in the medical community.

Alice + Olivia are also launching a #MaskTogether campaign, highlighting the safety precautions recommended by experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the U.S, which recently urged people to start wearing face masks while out in public.

“Wearing masks is our shared responsibility to protect each other and reduce community transmission in order to stop the spread of the virus,” Bendet said in a statement. “Let’s #MaskTogether and show support for our community and the doctors and nurses, delivery workers and first responders who are combatting this crisis on the front lines.

“Join us in making masks not just a functional necessity, but a fashionable one. With a message of love and community let’s come together to protect each other.”

Since the outbreak began in China in December, more than 1.4 million people have been infected, with over 83,000 deaths.

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Alice + Olivia’s Stacey Bendet slams Steve Madden for allegedly copying designs

Alice + Olivia designer Stacey Bendet has blasted Steve Madden for allegedly copying one of her handbag designs.On Monday, the 41-year-old took to Instagram to upload a video of an encounter in a hotel lobby between herself and the footwear entrepreneu…

Alice + Olivia designer Stacey Bendet has blasted Steve Madden for allegedly copying one of her handbag designs.

On Monday, the 41-year-old took to Instagram to upload a video of an encounter in a hotel lobby between herself and the footwear entrepreneur.

Bendet began filming the conversation on her phone, with Madden heard saying, “Honey, if you’re going to be rude you can go f**k yourself.”

She replied, “Yeah? You said if I’m not copying people, I’m not doing a good job? That was you.”

“You can go f**k yourself. Okay. You copy people all the time,” the 62-year-old fired back, to which Bendet responded: “I have it trademarked branded Stace.”

In the caption of the now-deleted post, the fashion star claimed she saw Madden “lose his temper and become aggressive using vulger (sic) language” while she was stood with her four-year-old daughter.

“I am sharing this because his behaviour is not acceptable in business or life – he could have apologised or showed some remorse – but no, he responds with intimidation – we can’t stop bullies unless we stand up to them!!!” Bendet wrote, adding that she usually fills her feed with “positivity, female empowerment”.

The designer later made a statement on her Instagram Stories, and thanked her fans and followers for showing support after her encounter.

“And you know in truth as a person I think he just showed his true colours, which is like full-on pig,” she fired.

The feud was ignited in December 2018 when lawyers for Alice + Olivia sued Betsey Johnson, owned by the Steve Madden parent company, for copyright infringement after allegedly imitating the StaceFace bag, which features the image of a woman wearing round sunglasses and red lipstick. They reached a confidential settlement in June last year.

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