September 25, 1999
Antonio Berardi's runway positively oozed with raw energy as he presented one of the most unapolegetically sexy collections so far. Necklines plunged, skimpy leather dresses clung to the body for dear life and flowing, floor-length evening gowns in shocking pink, orange and yellow were simultaneously old-world and unflinchingly modern. Berardi once again proved his skill at combining deft tailoring (as in his white, sharp tuxedo suits) with extravagant sensuality (silky cocktail dresses never looked better). As if that weren't enough, this time around he threw in Murano glass, vertigo-inducing ankle-cuff stilettos, Lalique jewelry and edgy headpieces by Stephen Jones.