September 24, 2009 Milan
The collection itself had a 1950's thing going on. The strapless, shirred blue and white polka dots gave you early Brigitte Bardot; a silk shantung number with a flaring skirt was more bunny hop. Scattered throughout were new versions of the designer's tried-and-true hits: a strappy sundress in a wallpaper floral, frothy occasion dresses in densely ruffled two-tone tulle, and a maxi dress in cream eyelet. More than a few reliable one-shoulder looks turned up, too. It was all perfectly pretty, and some of it easily imaginable on Nicole Kidman or Eva Mendes, two stars that Beccaria's show notes touted as clients. But it'd be refreshing to see her step out of her comfort zone, and we're not talking about vases and a tricked-out hatchback.