It's always party time chez Luisa Beccaria. Her sugar-coated version of the good life persists from season to season, but she continues to expand her repertoire—not necessarily moving beyond cocktail hour and after-dark, yet adding categories nonetheless. If a quilted velvet trench won't keep you dry in the rain, it will keep your shoulders warm in your guipure lace frock. A Lurex-shot bouclé tweed skirtsuit had a newness factor too, as did a fine-knit turtleneck sweater worn with a to-the-floor accordion-pleated skirt.

That maxi skirt in particular felt more fashion-y than typical Beccaria fare. In fact, the designer and her daughter Lucilla Bonaccorsi might be paying too much attention to recent Valentino runways. The echoes were strong here, not only in those pleats, but also in the eyelet pieces and the floral embroidery on a long-sleeve tulle dress with a full skirt. Another tulle number in a watercolor print of crystals had no progenitors we could think of, and was better for it.