Rio de Janeiro's winter 2012 fashion week got under way this Tuesday with a series of couture collection displays by designers like Alexandre Herchcovitch, Erika Frade and Alessa Migani.

Herchcovitch started the event with his utilitarian-inspired collection in monochromatic hues. Known for his eclectic prints, the Brazilian designer has also showcased his work in global fashion platforms including the New York, Paris, London and São Paulo Fashion Weeks.

According to the AFP, Herchcovitch was the sole dark and serious note in an otherwise color-drenched day that included a sumptuous kimono collection from Patachou, rhinestone and silk flower-covered offerings from Acquastudio.

Truly enough, as compared to Herchcovitch's sober hues and patterns, other collections involved usage of bold shades, prints and designs.

Patachou's collection had a distinct eastern influence, which includes kimono pattern wrap-dresses with glittering details.

A complete contrast to the other collections was the elegant ladylike creations by fashion label Acquastudio involving floral detailing and pastel hues, reportedly having a distinct 1950s influence.

Take a look at the slideshow of the 2012 Rio de Janeiro fashion week.