Review Collection

Never underestimate the power of a good zone-out in front of the tube. As Antonio Berardi explained before his show this morning, he found inspiration for his latest collection in a film, The Flowers of War, that he stumbled onto while flipping channels in Italy. In the movie, Berardi said, Christian Bale plays a “charlatan” who, in the midst of the 1937 “rape of Nanking,” winds up safeguarding women and schoolchildren in the church where he’s pretending to be a priest. The setup is worth detailing, because Berardi really did take quite a bit from the film, in particular the church atmosphere, with light diffusing through stained glass. There was a lot of saturated color in the collection, as well as prints—jacquards, in fact—that were suggestive of fractured light, an effect developed by glittery bead embroidery and iridescent finishes.

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