The French TV series “Maison Close,” set in a 19th-century luxury brothel, served as a starting point for Antonio Berardi’s pre-fall collection. Despite the risqué inspiration, Berardi delivered an elegant lineup infused with a strong yet refined sensuality.
Cutouts placed in unusual spots, such as under the neck, gave feminine appeal to sculpted but comfortable dresses and tops worn over tank tops for a touch of athleticism. References to vintage bustiers appeared in the asymmetric dresses embellished with metallic rivets and grommets, as well as a belt that gave an hourglass shape to a fluid top worn with a plissé skirt. Berardi also referenced contemporary artist Louis Reith with color-blocked graphics on sophisticated tailored suits with soft, petal-like details.