Beautiful Berardi

Antonio Berardi showed an unforgettable collection at London fashion week yesterday.

Antonio Berardi loves a show note quote and this season he chose to cite Arthur Symons’ poem ‘You Remain’ and its tale of the undying scent, and everlasting memory of an absent lover.

“As perfume doth remain, in the folds where it hath lain,” read the quote on the notes as we took our seats in the art deco Senate House, “so the thought of you, remaining Deeply in my brain”.

As the models walked down the steep marble staircase in articulately tailored pieces connected by deep folds, it was apparent that Berardi, while still being one of the most tender designers on the schedule, had looked to create a real sense of undying permanence and strength in his designs this season.


Although we have of course seen tailoring from this designer before, rather than the more heavenly nature of his past collections, these models walked with a possessed purpose, their hair (pieces) cut severely, and every look had structure.

From the origami folds which sat on the hips of pewter body-con column dresses, to the powerful peplums and knee length coats with angular collars; every item exuded strength.


Dresses were split by a serpentine monochromatic palette, which snaked them in two, while gentle, sheer white shirts with crisp plackets were worn with strapless gowns, and the largely black, white and grey palette was struck by flashes of teal and orange.

If Antonio Berardi’s raison d'etre was a sense of the unforgettable, and his intention to make sure the show will revisit the audience long after the finale, then he succeeded.

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