Our Top 5 Looks From Alexandre Herchcovitch S/S 2012

Whether we like it or not, global warming may be contributing to the lack of actual seasons, but it’s good to know the fashion world is still abiding by the old Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer model. In stark contrast to his industrial and eerie Fall/Winter 2011 collection, Alexandre Herchcovitch’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection—debuted yesterday at Eyebeam Art + Technology Center during New York Fashion Week—is soft, ladylike… and pastel!

The Brazilian fashion designer who is known for his prints, monochromatic fabrics and even a stint as a superhero, took his inspiration from the glamour eras of the 40s, 50s and 60s. The overtly feminine collection featured A-line skirts and dresses, relaxed bows and oriental-influenced beading, embroidery and sequins.

We caught up with the designer backstage who told us that the last 10 looks were completely made from vintage fabrics sourced from a vintage shop in São Paulo, though his design team digitally scanned and reproduced the look of the fabrics for the rest of the collection. In their desire for authenticity, they even went so far as to employ the handmade finishing methods of the era, which resulted in distinctly frayed edges on some of the garments. As far as trend forecasting, Herchcovitch said he hasn’t had time to see any other shows, but that he thinks white “is going to be something.” See our top five runway looks below.

Color Palette: Mellow yellows, pea greens and a flash of fire engine red.

Mood: Grace Kelly in To Catch a Thief meets Joy Luck Club.

Statement pieces: Half-head baseball caps made in collaboration with New Era, sunglasses made in collaboration with Mykita, a striking, red beaded hood made from a fine anorak nylon.

Music: OMD + Africa Bambatta

Asian influences.

Start anew in white.

Sleek, A-line skirts.

Embroidered hoods.

Putting a cap on it.

Runway photos courtesy of the designer. See the rest of the collection on