Racked is no longer publishing. Thank you to everyone who read our work over the years. The archives will remain available here; for new stories, head over to Vox.com, where our staff is covering consumer culture for The Goods by Vox. You can also see what we’re up to by signing up here.
In an effort to make reading Racked as much like being in the tents as humanly possible, we'll be liveblogging the shows all week, from the suspense of waiting in line (will the seats be any good?) to the drama of the runway (will anyone stumble?) to the post-show euphoria. This time around: Eccentric, high-concept looks from Alexandre Herchcovitch.
Show Location: Bryant Park, The Salon
The skinny: The Brazilian Herchcovitch doesn't go for sexy and chic like fellow Brasiliero Miele; instead he leans to the avant-garde end, with trademark touches of menswear and experimental fabric.
Celebs spotted: Kate Lanphear of Elle
The takeaway: The collection began muted and rather shapless, as short silk sack-like dresses stomped down the runway on oxford shoes rendered as heels with side cutaways. There was a brief period of black dresses, which signified a shift in structure that prepared us for the wire-supported shapes of oversized hips and shoulders.
A few sheath dresses of what looked to be very thin rubber, printed with primary colors in geometric shapes and patterns segued into the bright color blocking that came with the wire structured garments. Despite the mini football clutch and giant shoulders, we imagined hot air balloons and kites instead of football players. Overall, it was a collection that will appeal to a woman with a dominant personality, such as Daphne Guinness, although we assume she'd only be interested in the black dresses.
5:06pm: I'm already seated, but it's barely filled. The front row gets umbrellas as swag.
5:12pm: I'm surrounded by older Japanese ladies wearing Coach. There are still a lot of empty seats. Fashion Week fatigue?
5:14pm: I take it back: Everyone is wearing very high heels. Fashion Week ain't over yet, folks.
5:22pm: The man in front of me has a heart shaved into the hair by his temple. Inspired by Kanye's new 'do?
5:27pm: They're getting ready to take up the plastic.
5:29pm: Two girls who posed for a pic were just kicked out of front row seats. Guess they weren't anyone important after all.
5:31pm: I can see them primping backstage. Short, khaki, sack-like dresses will be the first ones out.
5:34pm: And they're off! Here's a gleaming minidress styled with socks and high-heeled oxfords.
5:36pm: Lace pants! Goodness. Bold, primary-colored graphics.
5:38pm: Many, many colors. Geometry mixed with tribal. And now we're seeing very big, hot air balloon sculpted shoulders.
5:40pm: Finale. That got much more architectural as it went on—one of the last looks was a bubble dress that was open in the back, so you could see the wire structure inside.