If a fashion editor reads that a designer was inspired by flowers before viewing that collection, nine times out of ten, they already know what’s to come: spring-worthy floral prints, bright colors of the rainbow and maybe- if we’re lucky- some petal hem lines. This is a Fall/Winter collection though, and Alexandre Herchcovitch is anything but predictable; When he decides to be inspired by flowers for a collection, it’s by the entire flower: petal to stem. And in Alexandre Herchcovitch F/W 2013 collection the silhouettes of those flowers become the woman rather than the woman simply wearing flowers on her skirt. And when he does use floral print in this collection, it seems organic to the fabrics themselves; as though there is a field of flowers embedded in fabric waiting to be plucked for such elegant designs as these.
This may just be the best literal interpretation of inspiration-to-design I’ve ever seen in a collection, and this is mainly due to Alexandre Herchcovitz’s clever execution of draping and unpretentious exaggerating of proportions; it is all elemental to exemplifying the process of a blossoming flower, beginning to wilting end, yet never forces the subject too much. Herchcovitz uses the bodice and sleeves as part of his “petals” and leaves them undone, resting at the hip and revealing bustiers and bralettes. Other looks are more subtle in design, displaying knee-length sleeveless dresses with slight draping and bunching on otherwise simplistic silhouettes. As the show at Milk Studios was nearing the end, the outfits became more and more operatic with asymmetrical volume, exquisite layers and bold stripes. From every day-wearable looks to glamorous evening wear, flower-inspiration in garments has never looked so divine.
Theme Blossoms and the flower as a whole. Displaying through draping, layers, proportions, prints and colors.
Elements Blouses with four sleeves (two for tying at waist), bralettes in hues and prints the same as the garments, tiered voluminous skirts.
Beauty Subtle smoky eye shadow matching the given outfit, nude lip and sleek hair with a side part and braid.
Accessories Clamshell mini clutches and skinny belts at waist.
Stand-outs The opening look of the show, an all-white knee length dress with a voluminous peplum that begins just under the bustline, a striped army green off-shoulder dress again with volume and an eggshell white satin tiered skirt with matching bralette.
By Whitney S. Williams
Photos by Whitney S. Williams