Photos Courtesy of Alexandre HerchcovitchWe can truly appreciate a luxury designer who is bold enough to rebel against creating ensembles that simply incorporate different variations of black, brown and navy— a characteristic that is typical of many fall collections. Alexandre Herchcovitch breaks the mold by designing structured clothing whose intricate shapes take inspiration from the array of flowers found in nature— furthermore, vibrant pops of color against a more toned-down palette reflect the natural hues that can be found in gardens and rainforests.
What makes Herchcovitch's ready-to-wear collection for Fall 2013 so unique isn’t simply the inspirational color palette, but also the full physical representation of the flower that can be seen in his designs. The pistil, petal, and pollen of a flower are all evident in these ensembles. The talented Brazilian designer showcases these design elements through a variety of lovely looks that feature both structured bodices and empire waists on stunning gowns in an array of floral prints.
But don’t get distracted by the outer beauty of Herchcovitch's blooming designs, as closer inspection reveals that these special garments contain brilliantly hidden elements. The bodice of one dress is cropped at the navel— when the wearer peels the bodice down to wear it pannier-style over a full skirt, the structured bustier beneath is revealed, almost like a blossoming flower in reverse.
To take the concept of layering a step further, a red chiffon blouse features an extra set of sleeves at the waist. Casually draped over the hips, the illusion of a chic version of the “sweater tied around the waist” look is created. However, not all of the pieces include wing-like appendages. For a more wearable look, Herchcovitch created a chiffon peplum gown that still remains true to the layering theme, yet is a bit more commercial.
Through the use of luscious silk fabrics and Duchesse satin, these dresses come in either body-skimming or voluminous silhouettes— ensuring that no matter her taste, every woman can find her ideal “flower.”