September 28, 2006 Milan
Does that mean she plays it too safe? Certainly, there was nothing demonstrably trendy on Beccaria's spring runway, and when she did nod in that directionwith a couple of short, strapless party frocks in washed silk it didn't quite gel. Their bubble hems seemed out of place among the more demure knee-length offerings in eyelet, scalloped lace, and hazy watercolor florals. But when she stayed closer to her comfort zone, her clothes stood out for all the right reasonstake a shirtwaist dress with cap sleeves in organza printed with an abstract gold wash. The collection's lone suit, a cape-back jacket and a pleated skirt, came in the same Klimt-esque fabric. The showstopper arrived a few looks later, a champagne silk-charmeuse gown worthy of Carole Lombard. Bias-cut thirties styles have been gliding down many a runway, but Beccaria's looked the most elegant and the best-constructed of the lot. If she only does one thing, there's no denying she does it awfully well.