Runway Report: Antonio Berardi

Continuing the sporty, varsity trend that has swept the fashion world this season,was Antonio Berardi’s Spring 2014 collection. Sporty, that is, as much as a Berardi collection can be. Known for celebrating a woman’s shape with his form-fitting dresses, Berardi went looser and more flowy for Spring 2014. Playing with chiffons, billowing silks, lace and organza, the designer wanted a collection that suited all of aspects of a woman’s life – not just her evenings. “The idea was to create a wardrobe that she can wear before 6:00 p.m. as well as after dark.”

And what a wardrobe he created.  There were the jackets – a white silk, embellished sleeve, double breasted number with a plunging neck, a shimmering, candy pink, crocodile oversized biker style with a rounded, almost football-esque shoulder (a silhouette he perfected, and showed on numerous looks), and a blush pink leopard jacquard biker with the same shoulder.    Then there were the cascading trains, done both on skirts, dresses and tops, giving contrast to the more structured jackets.  Berardi’s version of the sweatshirt, done in sheer silk chiffon and complete with crystal embellished sleeves, was paired with a matching crystal and chiffon paneled skirt with a floating train trailing behind.  Another was done in a color blocked red, pink and white, and paired with a red sheer chiffon fronted, opaque backed pant – the designers take on the track pant.

It would’t be a Berardi collection with out the eveningwear stunners: a pale pink, strapless silk jumpsuit with crystal and bead embellishments, which was also done in black and paired with a cropped jacquard jacket with sporty raglan sleeves. Of particular standout was a red and pink paneled gown with sheer sleeves; a brilliant interpretation of sporty chic for evening.

Whether it’s 6:00 p.m., 6:00 a.m., or any time in between, there is no doubt the Berardi woman will certainly be well dressed.

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