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July 24 2014

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18 posts tagged "Antonio Berardi"

A Velvet Goldmine?

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Velvet just might be the most polarizing textile of them all. For some of us, the tufted fabric is an unpleasant reminder of the stiff party dresses donned for the yearly family photo shoot. For others, like Rachel Roy, one of many designers who used modern versions of the densely piled material on the Fall runways, it’s the ultimate luxury. “I don’t use fur, so I was looking for fabrics that felt as rich and soft to the touch,” the designer told Style.com. She cited “a return to elegance and a sense of relaxed glamour all around” as the reason for the fabric’s popularity. This isn’t the velvet you remember: Curve-enhancing jewel-toned evening dresses popped up at Dolce & Gabbana and Antonio Berardi, while Alexander Wang and Richard Nicoll turned out plush trousers (Wang’s are pictured, left) that were cool enough to quell even the ugliest school-era memories

Click for a slideshow, and let us know which side of the velvet rope you’re on.

Photo: Marcio Madeira / FirstView.com

Meet James Bond, Assist Versace for Charity

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Last time we saw Daniel Craig, he was telling the paps inside the Boom Boom Room “no photos,” but fortunately, he’s less camera-shy when it comes to charity. As part of the U.K. Evening Standard‘s online Christmas auction to benefit Kids Company, you can bid to have your photo taken with James Bond by artist and filmmaker Sam Taylor-Wood. Other lots (there are 150 in all) show that former Tatler editor in chief and current Standard bearer Geordie Greig hasn’t lost his famous knack for networking. You can take an art lesson from Tracey Emin, down a pint with Guy Ritchie, sip tea with the Duchess of York and Elton John (separately, not together), have Gordon Ramsay cook dinner for 12, or see lambs being born at Sting and Trudie Styler’s country house (tantric sex presumably not involved). But the top item for fashion types is surely no. 25, a six-week work experience package that includes time with designers Roland Mouret and Antonio Berardi, photographer Tim Walker, the Net-a-Porter team in London, and the Versace press office in Milan. The U.S.-based may have to spring for airfare to Europe, but that seems like a small price to pay for the chance to open Donatella’s mail and help underprivileged children along the way.

You can view the auction here, and you have until noon (British time) on Monday, December 14, to place your bids.

Photo: Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic/Getty Images

Blasblog From Venice: Late-Night Airport Party. No, Really

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I am finding this out the hard way: Venice is a late-night city. So late, in fact, that I’m having a hard time keeping up. (I’m blaming jet lag, but—heaven forbid—I hope this doesn’t mean I’m getting old.) Take Thursday night, for example: After François Pinault’s museum opening, an Interview magazine cocktail party on the island of Giudecca, and a decadent Missoni dinner on a boat in the Arsenale district of town, I was dragged to—get this—the Lido airport for a Danish and Nordic pavilions-sponsored dance party on an actual plane runway. I was the only one worried that this might violate some sort of FAA regulation: Neville Wakefield, Eugenie Niarchos, Olympia Scarry, and Alexia Niedzielski all ambushed the DJ booth, threw down their purses and man bags, and started a few dance-offs with the local revelers. It was surreal, and if that wasn’t enough, post-runway rave it was back to the Bauer Hotel terrace, where we all were last night, for more drinks. (Though, I must divulge, even the chicest of European girls had moved on to beer at this point, hoping to fill their stomachs.) Here the likes of Viscount Dan Macmillan congregated with Giambattista Valli and Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis. At that hour—and that blood alcohol level—Venice really worked its charm: Look here, I even spotted Antonio Berardi having a little moment with 10magazine‘s Sophia Neophitou, until Margherita Missoni came and broke it up.

Photo: Derek Blasberg

Travel, Italian Style

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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.

Photo: Courtesy of Antonio Berardi

Sparkle And Fade: Olivier Theyskens’ (Most Likely) Last Shoes For Nina Ricci

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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?

Photos: Don Ashby & Olivier Claisse