February 17, 2009 New York
The collection is much more complicated to describe than it was to take in; despite all the bells and whistles, it was designed with a light hand. Although the spangled and half-ruffled cerise-print dresses that opened the show looked like they should be delivered for spring instead of fall, they were so pretty that Herchcovitch's customer probably won't mind. The designer did offer some similarly multi-textured coats; but with ruffled chiffon insets at the back, warmth probably isn't their primary function. "They move a little bit weird," he said approvingly of a charming series of sequin-striped jerseys. It's that not-quite-right quality that defines Herchcovitch's work and his appeal to big-city girls who understand that sometimes bad means good.