Antonio Marras celebrated his new alliance with Mantua-based manufacturer Castor with a wedding party, where guests sat around little tables drinking coffee and eating iced sponge cake. There was no bride per se, but dozens of models paraded about in dresses and coats made from patchworks of bouclé fabrics, damasks and tweeds in candied almond shades.

The cuts were perhaps unnecessarily ample for their slender frames — tulip skirts, swing jackets and cocoon coats — but there was an innocent charm to a mini-cape and matching skirt in a beige trench fabric embroidered with lilacs, as well as a coat crawling with tiny white buds. And with many of the looks layered in Swarovski Elements, they lacked the handmade cachet of some of Marras’ previous runway work. Though no doubt they’ll give this collection a solid commercial appeal.

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