ny fashion week spring 07 by marilyn kirschner

Alexandre Herchcovitch

Alexandre Herchcovitch was inspired by “the relationship between the garments of the African Ndebele tribe and clothes used by punks” for a collection that stayed true to the creative designer’s highly individual and idiosyncratic approach. One can always count on Alexandre for his unique exuberance, cross referencing different cultures, and going his own way, and that was certainly the case this time around.

While fall 2006 was a veritable black out (as it was on almost every other runway), spring is upbeat and joyful relying on bold color, graphic patterns, and offhanded pattern mixes. There were plays on proportion and a continued experimentation with volume. While skirt lengths were predominantly short (above the knee), there were a variety of shorts and pants as well.

And while much of what was presented on the runway could be perceived as tricky and difficult to wear (if not a tad cartoonish), Alexandre is an serious and accomplished tailor and his beautifully constructed military inspired coats and jackets easily work on their own. This season, they feature flyaway backs, pleats, and side buckles and were rendered in eye catching poison green, lacquer red, and a navy and white pinstripe. Jaunty menswear inspired straw hats, bold bangle bracelets, and wedge soled platform shoes and boots (nope- they’re not going away any time soon) were the accessories of choice.

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