Monday, February 21, 2011

LFW: Antonio Berardi

Berardi knows women. Fact! Of all his traits, perhaps his strongest is that he knows how to make women feel sexy and this show proved just that. A series of dresses in an array of fabrics, some that hugged the body in his tailored to perfection body sculpting way for which he is most popular but most noteworthy in this collection was a brave attempt to move away from that with cropped wool trousers and layering pieces such as embellished boyfriend jackets. The idea was to ensure he still provided the client with that feeling of "uberluxury" - a word Berardi himself used after the show. This really was a case of going back to your roots for Berardi. The smart trouser and dresses here wouldn't look out of place if you were sitting on the terraza of a Sicilian restaurant.

What Berardi perfected with this collection was a day to evening ideal. Throw on a cream car coat over a multi pleated mini skirt and add a chic crisp white blouse and you are all set. I wasn't a major fan of the lime green or shocking red as colours but as a collection - it flowed effortlessly.

What he didn't perfect however is something which has faultered him in the past, his shoes. The multi strapped Mary Janes did nothing but halter the models who moved apprehensively down the runway. (as if each step might be their last). A distraction that no doubt Berardi could have done without.

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang xx

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