Spring 2013 London Fashion Week: Antonio Berardi

– By Nausheen Shah – 

The first look is always a testament to the degree of brilliance the rest of a collection will embody.  And Antonio Berardi managed a smirk from even the shyest of editors when the first model turned the corner presenting a re-interpretation of luxury in sportswears many intricacies.

Berardi graphically paired sections of performance fabrics with fluttering chiffons and severe tailored aertex with iridescent beaded silks leading his woman from metropolitan cool into modern royalty.

The collection’s patchwork palette was rooted in the subtlety of onyx and alabaster, yet managed to juxtapose azure blue and hot pink devore leopard with khaki, tar and dove grey metallic flicked noble fabrics.

Berardi’s collection clung tightly to an exaggerated A-line silhouette in forms of structured winged jackets and drop-waisted dresses and skirts.  Transparent chiffon blouses concealed harness-like bustiers and trailed behind the models creating yet another version of wings.  But the stars of the show were Berardi’s sharp flashes of holographic and carbon fibre beaded pieces in cerulean blue, neon pink and lemon serving as the only embellishment for this season.

Collection after collection Berardi has never strayed far from what he considers he knows best, “hard-tailoring, body-conscious and highly decorated, with a traditional twist.”  There is no doubt that he has managed to succeed in his own right once again as well as leave his audience in anticipation for the start of Spring.


Nausheen Shah is a New York based fashion designer turned stylist/creative consultant who has worked for the likes of Catherine Malandrino and Zac Posen.  In her travels, Nausheen’s love of language, cuisine, art and interior design flourished, informing her unique, distinctive, and global style.  She also runs her own ‘fashion as a lifestyle’ blog – A Shah’s Life and can be followed on Facebook @nausheenshahstylist and Twitter @nausheenshah
Photos courtesy of Style.com 

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