Alexandre Plokhov

Alexandre Plokhov, the former driving force behind the menswear label Cloak, reclaimed his reputation for severe, minimalist and undeniably cool design (after a stint with Versace) when he debuted his eponymous line with a Fall/Winter collection in 2011. Plokhovʼs Spring/Summer 2012 collection, which sprung from the concept of a military recruit parting from his loved one, boasts of blazers, skintight and tapered cargo pants, leather jackets and even “the shirtdress.” Garments are largely kept to a monochromatic palette of white, beige, grey and black, but blue and orange shades also make an appearance. His impeccable tailoring caught the attention of Barneys New York, and at the stores request, he created his first womenswear pieces. Welcome back Plokhov — we salute the early success of your solo return to the scene, tipping one of those dear cadetsʼ hats we saw on your models in your direction. — Anastasia Kudrashova