Luisa Beccaria is no stranger to pretty clothes, but even by her standards, the romance was amped up for spring. The collection played to the archetypal Italian woman, where the bombshell, housewife and good girl come together at their most womanly. There were retro undertones in Beccaria’s designs, including a classic Fifties nipped-waist violet lace dress; blouses with an artisanal, peasant feel, and a white cardigan worn over a sheath dress — innocent but for the way it flaunted her curves. Think Sophia Lauren — or Penélope Cruz, who may not be Italian, but spent the summer filming with Woody Allen in Rome.

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