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Brazilian born Alexandre, who lives, works, and normally shows in Paris, came to New York for the second season in a row to unveil his Tropical Rococo collection that was inspired by the French Rococo. This translated into a charming, fresh, offbeat, and eclectic line-up marked by a play on proportion, different lengths, layering, micro ruffles, and the clashing colors and mixed prints he has become famous for. He showed some belted trench coats and safari jackets, abbreviated and shrunken sportswear inspired (baseball or Eisenhower) jackets, many of which were given a streetwise edge with narrow jean- like pants tucked into boots, ladylike silk printed bow blouses, flower necklaces and flowers in the hair, AND quirky cone shaped hats for an added twist. (He was quoted as observing, "Everything is light, it's romantic with a twist.")

A man of the world, who is completely global, Alexandre's presentations are traditionally a direct result of his world travels, so it should not have been too surprising when the models came out, each serenaded by a black clad musician (or two, or three) from around the world, which served as the perfect 'foil' or backdrop to the colorful clothes on display. There was a Manhattan Samba, a Balkan Beat Box brass trio, an Italian opera singer, an Eastern European accordian player, a Manouche Guitar duo, a Flamenco Duo, a Banjo Player, and a Gypsy Fiddle/horn duo.



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