Meet Alexander Berardi-------
When we first heard of Alexander Berardi, the name sounded incredibly familiar, so we had to ask—any relation to Antonio? “No, no, my family is horribly American!” So much so, in fact, that Berardi’s third collection, which he presented last night, was inspired by a photo of family friends sailing on Martha’s Vineyard. Working with all-natural fabrics, Berardi showed pretty silk chiffon tiered dresses and draped scarf-blouses for the uptown girl on the go. He kept the nautical references to a minimum; they came out mostly in subtle details like drop waists and contrast piping. The most promising pieces were sparkling sequin halter dresses and bed jackets that exuded a Marlene Dietrich mood without being too literal. Berardi, who hails from the Upper East Side and studied at Parsons, has been busy building a loyal fan base—Ally Hilfiger and Bee Shaffer, included. That will surely expand when the line hits stores come spring.