New York Fashion Week Spring ’13: The Season I Fell In Love With Alexandre Herchcovitch

September 11, 2012 • Fashion Blog, Fashion Shows, New York Fashion Week Spring '13

Summary: I absolutely loved this collection. And even though I’m not a die-hard 80s fan (okay, secretly I am for the music a little bit, but that’s something even I’m still trying to figure out), when the runway at Milk Studios was kept in the dark as we digested the first few bars of the Culture Club’s “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me,” only to have the lights explode on and the first model emerge at the song’s self-titled refrain, I got really excited and thought to myself, “This is what fashion is all about.” Inspired by Boy George and the 80s pop culture scene, Alexandre Herchcovitch‘s SS13 collection is a perfectly irreverent, and – I’ll say it – extremely chic homage to the 80s. A decade which I think we can all agree is not necessarily known for its determined sophistication. The look of his garments are everything I dream of when I think of sartorial perfection: voluminous, shapeless, sleeved parachutes of glory exploding with mixed colors and patterns, often adorned by Boy George’s signature heart imagery. Herchcovitch’s patchwork modernization of 80s fashion felt so wearable with their easy shapes and one-piece looks that styled themselves, that I started thinking about my own closet, and all of the pieces that I am not bold enough to wear on a more regular basis. The next day, I pulled one out one such tunic to wear to the tents and I haven’t felt as sexy (or strut as much) in a long while. Amidst Fashion Week’s endless sea of ready-to-wear, coordinated separates and elegant gowns, Herchcovitch’s emboldened creativity is aspirational. A really wonderful reminder of all the things fashion can, and should, be.

Colors: Red, bright yellow, black, white, cerulean, pale yellow, navy, forest green, fuchsia, plum

Fabrics and Textures: Gingham, checked, plaid, prints, bubbled sleeves, patchwork

– Amanda Aldinger


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