Giovanni Bedin, the young Italian designer at the helm of Worth Couture, continues to happily mine the heritage of celebrated couturier Charles Frederick Worth. This season, he found inspiration in the panniers and structured cages that underpinned 19th-century clothes. Thankfully, Bedin’s take on the archives is never literal. Those rib-crushing cages were rendered here as ultrashort dresses fashioned from strips of black velvet or nude satin, and given a flirty twist with boned petal bows that curled around the body in graphic arabesques. A more demure version of the look saw the corset structures layered over cinched jackets made from scalloped layers of lace over satin, or wool embroidered with black velvet patches in a panther motif.

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