London: This season Anteprima’s collection felt naively sweet, but with dark undercurrents. The label’s signature knitwear was layered into ensembles that blended little girl silhouettes and pastel colors with seductively visible underthings, an abundance of black, and goth-dark lipstick. Layering experiments, such as the styling of sheer pastel turtleneck tops and maxi dresses over delicate black lingerie, resulted in soft drama. Pointelle sweaters controlled the volume of shirtings worn underneath, their openwork allowing for partial exposure. Prints were interesting: a peppy dress and a pleated skirt were decorated with a somber graphic floral and an X + O motif adorned a sheer pink top. Structure contrasted fluidity in the form of a boxy jacket over a chiffon gown, while a dotted swiss shirtdress was worn open to reveal a sweater beneath. Consistent with the overall light-dark theme, denim offerings came in pastel mauve and black. Although the presentation’s styling was a bit daring at times, the individual items were simple and wearable.

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