Flowers have never looked as nice as they did at Alexandre Herchcovitch’s fall 2013 show. Passing on the typical floral prints, Herchcovitch imagined a woman as a flower and her clothes the petals that protect her. “Flowers, flower petals, and the way [flowers] slowly die and the petals fall apart,” said Herchcovitch when naming his inspiration for the collection, “That was the main idea by showing the jackets and the dresses falling over the skirts.” His vision was truly beautiful.
The first batch of looks may have appeared to have the stiffness of felt, but they were pure cashmere. Daiane Conterretato opened the show in a white sheath with an oversized peplum, and that was among the more practical pieces shown. A black sweater with a voluminous, black skirt was another look you could imagine seeing in real life.
Midway through the show, the clothes shifted to things you’d imagine seeing in a dream. Elegant illustrations of tropical plants adorned dresses that were made to look peeled off, with the tops folded over and becoming peplums above pouf skirts. It was all a highly romantic vision, with a finale of elaborate striped pieces that seemed straight out of Alice’s wonderland. By far the best interpretation of flora the fashion world has seen since Nicolas Ghesquière’s Spring 2008 Balenciaga show.