Alexandre Herchcovitch stayed true to his affinity toward one world in his Spring 2009 presentation. The Brazilian designer aimed to juxtapose Western and Middle Eastern influences to create a “multi-ethnic” army. In the process, he conveys an inspiring and credible message of unity and peace.
The “Army of Love” collection represented a global village where a vision of integrated culture and compassion stood at the forefront. A legion marched down the runway in sheer, delicate “uniforms” of trim waistcoats with gold studs, patchwork tunics, and slouchy breeches. There was a hint of an aristocratic air, yet the floral embroidery and harness expressed a rustic sentiment. Tightly braided updos and buckled ankle boots completed the look.
I enjoyed how utilitarian details were reinterpreted in a more frivolous nature. Military influences became softened amid a sea of silk georgette, lace, and pastel shades of mint, lavender and taupe. Cascading ruffles replaced the ornamental epaulette and dainty paisley prints brought to mind insignias and badges.