15 posts tagged "Antonio Berardi"
Antonio Berardi makes dresses so sensational—remember Gwyneth Paltrow’s corseted black and white number?—it stands to reason that the weekend bag he designed for Peroni Nastro Azzurro would be sexy, too. “Peroni is one of Italy’s premium beers; they’re very geared to craftsmanship,” says Berardi. “We asked ourselves, ‘How can we translate that into our philosophy?’ ” The answer: Make the weekender in Italian factories with supple but strong leather that’s rolled by hand, and line it with smaller bags for suits, shoes, toiletries, even a neoprene pouch for wet bathing suits. “You can go straight from the beach to the airport,” says the designer. La dolce vita indeed. The bag will be available for about $1,140 on www.yoox.com beginning next month.
The shoes stole the show at Nina Ricci, where Olivier Theyskens put on what will most likely be his swan song. The towering platforms with itty-bitty heels protruding from behind to help the models keep their balance as they teetered down the long runway made some of the girls look so tall and narrow they could’ve been on stilts. For the record, Antonio Berardi did a similar shoe for Spring 2008, but not in such daredevil proportions, and definitely not in hot pink glitter. What do you think of these babies? If they hit the stores, even in a modified version, would you wear them off-runway?
Nirvana, for sunglasses fanatics, is to be found in a converted schoolhouse in the Clerkenwell area of London. That’s where the Linda Farrow archives are housed—a few filing cabinets’ worth of specs dating from the origins of the Linda Farrow brand in the late 1960′s. Aviators of all shapes and sizes and superbly wacky ’80′s frames in iridescent metal and candy-colored plastic number among the styles that Simon Jablon found in his mother’s warehouse several years ago. The trove inspired him to launch the Linda Farrow Vintage brand in 2003. Initially, Jablon and partner Tracy Sedino were selling off the archive; these days, they’re working to augment it. The brand is already a profligate collaborator, working with Raf Simons, Luella Bartley, Veronique Branquinho, and Jeremy Scott, to name a few, and with the launch of the new Projects range this summer, Linda Farrow Vintage will
be bringing yet more designers into its fold. “We’ve always loved working with young, creative designers,” explains Jablon, “because every time we do, we learn something. They’re constantly bringing us ideas that seem impossible to execute.” Projects comprise styles from designers such as Giles, Tim Hamilton, Antonio Berardi, Charles Anastase, and Preen. As Jablon notes, additional designers may be added to the Projects roster in seasons to come. And in the meantime, he and Sedino have combined the very new and the very, very, very, very old in the latest Linda Farrow Vintage frame—the Mammoth. This limited-edition addition to the archive features—seriously—woolly mammoth tusk. “We’re only doing 100 pieces,” says Jablon. “The melting of the polar ice caps has exposed quite a lot of mammoth tusk, enough that a bit of it has found its way to market, but the bottom line,” he adds, “is that you can only produce so many sunglasses that are over a million years old.”
Last Thursday, we featured this white Antonio Berardi dress with black lace paneling in a story about skeletons, X-rays, and the like inspiring designers’ Spring looks. Less than a week later Gwyneth Paltrow wore it to the premiere of Two Lovers in Paris. Coincidence or something more?