Antonio Berardi’s Spring/Summer 2017 Collection Makes Us Dream An “Ocean of Violets”
A common path is already visible through this London Fashion Week, and it is that of a modern, urban-chic kind of elegance. Antonio Berardi chose a similar pattern for his latest Antonio Berardi spring/summer 2017 ready-to-wear collection, bringing a patchwork of sophistication and modernity into life thanks to dreamlike floral patterns and edgier, more contemporary clean cuts.
UK-born and with Sicilian descendants, Antonio Berardi is no stranger when it comes to inspirations born from collisions of completely different styles and cultures, this time however remaining closer to softer, sensual shades, and to his cosmopolitan and whimsical nature thanks to an abounding amount of diverse cuts and lines.
Antonio Berardi, who wants us to “dream if you can a courtyard, an ocean of violets in bloom” with his spring 2017 line-up, seemed to be willing to provide us with all the essentials we need to shine at any event, both formal and informal.
The Antonio Berardi spring/summer 2017 collection could be, in fact, divided into three different major themes, namely the more office-ready one, the lighthearted one and, lastly, the red carpet-ready one.
The first part of the collection takes us to feminized masculine proposals, revamped with both revisited checkered patterns, and voluminous, airy cuts. Loads of layers dominate this very first section, with only a few strategic cut-outs on the shoulders, lightweight fringes on the sides of the tailored trousers and sheer fabrics creating a fresher, more dynamic appeal.
Suits in sleek blue and sheer slip dresses function as the final pieces before the second part of this Antonio Berardi spring 2017 collection gains the upper hand in all its glory.
Here Berardi had surely fun with animal and floral patterns, as well as with asymmetrical, rounded cuts. The designer’s art of layering is still strong within this part too, although being translated to corsets worn upon dresses and shirts worn underneath frocks rather than to frilly looks.
Fringes play an important role throughout this second section too, as much as the exaggerated A lines and cuts. Cocktail skirts and curve-hugging dresses become a pure pleasure to watch as soon as they are wrapped around the bodies, with the latter giving us the fun possibility to even style them with long trousers.
Jacquard suits drew this part to a close, quickly revealing Berardi’s darker, more sensual side. Extremely voluptuous is, in fact, the third part of this collection, as it brings Sicily’s most sensual and mysterious patterns to life.
Entirely black and with only a few beaded and embroidered motifs revamping the looks, Berardi’s finale proposals are all about femininity and glamour, with either trousers or flared gowns fiercely enhancing the figures. This third part particularly emphasizes the waistlines and the shoulders, capturing us in a vortex made of high fashion and street style vibes that we already adore.
Photos courtesy of Vogue