It's an undisputed fact that Antonio Berardi knows how
to cut a mean, lean pair of trousers and an ultrasexy
dress. One wishes, however, that the designer would
direct his energies in more controlled ways.
Berardi's show felt like a wild fireworks display.
Fitted jackets were reversed to button in the back,
lacy white lingerie tops morphed into flared
rockabilly skirts and enormous shearling coats were
savagely sliced. As if all this weren't enough, Berardi
threw in distressed jeans lavished with buttons,
whale-bone corsets, layered sheer slips, and hot-pink
and acid-yellow gowns drowning in ruffles.
Some of these looks will guarantee a night of fun out on the
town, but others, like the shaved-fur cargo Bermuda
shorts, should never have made it past the drawing