It’s always fascinating when people do 180 degree turns. Rejecting a career in medicine for a life as a fashion designer might just be the epitome of pulling a total 180. But that is exactly what Antonio Berardi did. The UK born, Scicilian bred designer combines his roots to create designs that have the ultra feminine essence of Italian design, yet tailored with that unclipped British attitude that can only be nurtured in London.
For SS15 Antonio Berardi brought the sharp precision cuts from his previous collection forward by twisting them with more ethereal notes. The collection was laden with the designers speciality: dresses. There were plunging V-necks, gowns with thigh-high slashes, and origami-style skirts with razor sharp pleating. Everything crafted by Berardi is always red-carpet ready, so it’s no surprise that his celebrity fan-base includes Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lawrence and Jennifer Anniston to name just a small few (and if you have a spare ££’s you can even buy Jen’s red carpet dress here!)
The inspiration for all of the glamour that infuses every collection? His family, surprisingly. Berardi’s mother’s style was always impeccably ladylike in the way a stereotypical Italian woman’s might be. For this reason, his designs have always celebrated the female form by enhancing natural curves. Considering Berardi grew up in a fashion conscious environment with family that often hand-stitched and embroidered their own clothes, his life 180 degree turn may not seem quite such a surprise after all.