Rio de Janeiro's kicked off its winter fashion week with a hipster, 1980s era clothing by well-known Brazilian designer Alexandre Herchcovitch.

The tone was sober with a utilitarian collection in industrial-strength denims.

For his second line, the cheaper and more youth-focused Herchcovitch label, the designer looked to the proto-hipsters of 1980s-era New York in his show.

Models were sent out in shirtdresses and bustier catsuits in bleach-splattered raw denim. Cropped leather jackets and vests topped off the outfits. They were accessorized with '80-style sunglasses and wedges with translucent plastic heels.

Herchcovitch is among Brazil's best-known designers and shows his premium label in New York.

Based on reporting by The Associated Press.

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