"The Girl From Ipanema" was on the soundtrack and the program notes mentioned Bahia, but this Luisa Beccaria
show didn't channel Brazil so much as it did that scene in The Sound of Music
where Maria pulls the curtains off the window to make clothes for the children. Could it be because the wallpaper print Beccaria used for flounced long dresses was echoed on the runway and the wall behind it? There was nothing subtle about this presentation, not with the exuberant head wraps and the basket of flowers one model carried on her head.
After Beccaria's dip last season into additional categories like outerwear and more casual separates, it was also somewhat disappointing to see her lean so heavily on long evening dresses. Where were the shorts and the other vacation clothes her girls will need for their next trip to Bahia? Beccaria hit on a few lovely frocks here, but not enough to rescue this collection from the miss column.