Runway Report: Antonio Berardi SS18

The creative genius that is Antonio Berardi looked back in time as he prepared for his SS18 collection. Like many Europeans, his family moved over from Sicily and grafted with what they had to make a living, and live well. His collection represented his history and his and his family’s pride in always presenting your best self to the world. Relatives would send clothing from America, and they’d sew together what they had to create something new.

Fast forward to a Monday in London and Berardi’s models were adorned in mix-media fine tailoring and silhouettes – a type of ode to arts and crafts. Suiting in pink, olive green, gray checks and black set the tone for smart workwear with a crafty twist, while dresses were pieced together in layers and layers of broderie anglaise and the finest lace. Antonio’s mother was always of the opinion that a pair of black lace gloves was the cornerstone to any woman’s look, and as long as she had those, she was fine. To honor this true fact, Berardi had the model’s hands painted in fine, black calligraphy mimicking lace detailing.

It was extremely refreshing to see a designer take his past and recreate it into something that not only he should be proud of, but a collection that women all over the world would feel honored to own and wear.

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Sabi Datoo-Lalji is a British Fashion Editor and Consultant living in Chelsea, NYC. When she isn't dreaming about Valentino Rock Studs, Sabi can be found practicing yoga and finding zen-like havens for her blog ( Follow her whimsicle footprint on Twitter & Instagram @sabidatoolalji