June 24, 2012 London
All of which re-energized Berardi's signature union of sobriety and sensuality. Those sheaths were inescapable: Some with zips running the length of their spine, others with geometric panels of mesh inserted diagonally (a trick Berardi picked up from photographer Georges Rousse) or printed with monochrome florals placed over graphic geometries. Engineered prints are new to Berardi's vocabulary, but, post-Katrantzou, they're practically a trademark of London Fashion 2.0.
Though the bod-con one-pieces were the standouts in the collection, Berardi also liked the idea of separates and, even more, the illusion of separates, as in the striking evening dress with its black skirt, white "corseted" waist, and sheer, cherry red bustier top. Antonio's sobriety has always leaned toward the Catholic, so it was fun to see his inner devil get a look-in.