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Antonio Berardi

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London: Like many designers these past few weeks, Antonio Berardi chose light, lace, shimmer and a masculine versus feminine presentation of hourglass dresses and trouser suits. Despite adhering to this now well-known direction for Spring, the designer managed to stand out via careful details; leather corsets, beaded breastplates, train hems and burnout velvet panels. Unexpected touches of crimson, emerald green and mint brought a modern feeling to the collection, boldly tempering the floating champagne and blush colored frocks and lending a graphic line to slouchy trousers. Protection was a theme for S/S 12 as well, communicated through molded leather shrugs, padded shoulders and armor-like beading, defensive measures deftly played against sheer chiffon and fluid silk. —Nina Stotler

Silhouette: Hourglass / Empire / Slouchy / Tailored / Long / Body-conscious

Color: Champagne / Mint / Crimson / Black / White / Metallic / Peach / Emerald / Blush

Key Items: Fluid trousers / Beaded leggings / Cocktail dresses / Hourglass dresses / Tailored vests / Double-breasted suit jackets

Materials: Patent leather / Chiffon / Lace / Burnout velvet / Silk

Details + Trim: Beading / Burnout / Paneling / Cutouts / Padding / Embroidering

Accessories + Footwear: Strappy high-heel gladiator sandals / Slim belts / Patent leather clutches

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