Feb 16, 2011
Herchcovitch;Alexandre’s Violent Forces of Nature
It was high anticipation this afternoon as the audience at the Studio inside the Lincoln Center sat waiting for the models to make their pass down the runway at the Herchcovitch;Alexandre show. The presentation began with loud whimsical music as the house went dark and then suddenly extremely bright.
Models made their way down the runway in ensembles styled by Mauricio Ianes in shades of black, gray-scale and brimstone yellow. According to the designer, the collection was created by “evoking images of the violent forces of nature…incorporating contrasting textures and surfaces whilst experimenting with form, shape and fabric manipulation.”
This was evident in the looks, which took inspiration from “volcanic rocks, magma and rock sediment.” Pieces were made of tough wool, but then juxtaposed with delicate black lace and the yellow chiffon. Pants and skirts were deconstructed as the ink stains on the clothes “were set to resemble clouds of ashes expelled by active volcanoes.”
I found the collection to be very detail oriented and almost eerie at times as the models graced the runway in hooded dresses with very serious looks on their faces. Additionally, the hoods reminded me of the cowls I spotted early this week at Simon Spurr. I loved the hair created by Rolando Beauchamp for Bumble and bumble, which consisted of messy side braided buns that looked almost windblown and makeup by Philippe Chansel, who kept the looks simple and bare. The hair, like Herchcovitch’s collection, reminded me of how fashion like nature, can truly be violet and elegant all at once.