What a difference a summer in Sicily makes. Maurizio Pecoraro
just bought a vacation home there, and as he put it, "You look at things with different eyes when you come back from holiday." His Spring collection was considerably lighter than his usual fare, not only in terms of its palette and silhouettes, but also the embellishments that are his raison d'être. He opened with a few draped cotton dresses and coats in shades of robin's-egg blue, lilac, and golden yellow inspired by the work of Swedish ceramic artist Stig Lindberg. Easy shapes followed: cowled tees, slouchy Bermudas, cardigan coats with rounded shoulders and wide, cropped sleeves. Later, the dusty pastels and some hits of bright fluoro showed up as a graphic floral print or as chiffon flower brooches on a pair of lovely whitewashed crepe de chine dresses (one to the knee with soft, relaxed volumes, and the other a skimmy halter gown). The evening portion of the show lacked the charm and originality of the daywear, but there was one exception. Namely, a strapless fringe dress, each strand of which was hand-embroidered; it had a winning personal feel.