London Fashion Week has thus far dazzled us with it's innovative designers and unique spin on trends. One collection that has roused my interest is by Sicilian-British designer Antonio Berardi, who is inclined towards easy glamour for Spring/Summer 2013. He skillfully transforms the conventional cocoon shaped sweatshirt into something I would actually wear. Out. in public.
Berardi reconstructs the sporty silhouette in a clever blend of luxurious fabrics such as crystal covered organza and duchess satin, bringing together a boy-meets-girl type of look that ticks all the right boxes. Speaking of boxes...Square structured coats and oversized sweaters flitted its way through the candy floss coloured collection, a brilliant contrast to the floaty chiffons and meticulously cut geometric skirts. Cerise and scarlet collide, sheerness meets solids and roomy sleeves are juxtaposed by slim-fitting trousers.
The 'mullet dress' reclaims its former glory in a romantic stream of peach, bubblegum pink, white, cream and cherry red. Soft trailing skirts have never looked this chic, edgily styled with tough metallic biker jackets, which offset the saccharine girly appeal. The only hint of print comes in black with a burnished silver leopard devore design.
Berardi's experimentation with bold proportions and paneled textures like mock croc leather, dainty lace and glossy foiled metallics have catapulted him into the forefront of modern style. This is the definition of power dressing. Brazen shapes, bold shoulders, billowy skirts and killer coats. And to polish it all off...lustrous strappy colourblocked heels by Rupert Sanderson that will be on the wish lists of shoe-lovers everywhere.
What are your thoughts on Antonio Berardi's cutting-edge SS13 collection?