Monday, February 18, 2008

Fashion Week: Alexandre Herchcovitch

Alexandre Herchcovitch's Fall 2008 collection recalled both a minimalist sculptor's use of form and a modernist painter's sense of light and color. The collection seemed to be conceived around a variety of sculptural -- almost geometric -- silhouettes.

Color crept into the collection -- first, as minimal accents against a suite of all-black looks. The palette gradually lightened to reveal strong patterns of soft grays and browns with yellow, orange and turquoise accents. The collection ended in a celebration of bright color with silk color-blocked dresses with flowing lines.

Short dresses and skirts were shaped into volumetric forms while flowing dresses were draped over the body like flat planes floating in space. The shoulder was a strong focal point of the collection. Highly structured shoulders topped short, volumetric or flowing, floor-length skirts. Layered dresses with high collars and cinched waists had half-sleeves cleverly attached to expose bare shoulders. Bias-cut shirts and color blocked dresses in strong geometric shapes and patterns were cut broadly, draping over and fanning out from the shoulders, creating a planar effect.

Overall, Herchcovitch delivered an interesting and creative collection unafraid of experimentation. -- Julie Yee.

Photos from top: Alexandre Herchcovitch Fall 2008 collection.

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