Backstage before Luisa Beccaria’s spring show held in the courtyard of the Villa Reale, strewn with flower petals for the occasion, she said something that pretty much summed up her philosophy toward dressing a woman: “She has pins with dragonflies and butterflies in her hair because she’s the flower.”

The collection was full of pretty, soft, unabashedly feminine and summery clothes for a girl who wants to be in full, romantic bloom. The palette was full of sunny brights and pastels — white, pink, red, blue, yellow — and what didn’t feature a floral embroidery, print or appliqué came in fresh ribbon stripes. Shown under the beaming sun on a clear day, all the dresses felt like sundresses, but there were tea-length styles, maxis, billowing shirtdresses and ethereal gowns. A smattering of separates included an eyelet jacket and matching shorts and a crisp peasant-ish shirt worn with a full skirt. Not an item in the collection defied the truest definition of pretty.

 

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