Alexander Berardi Spring 2011

Citing the cult-classic, French new-wave film Breathless as an inspiration point, designer Alexander Berardi captured the spirit of a young American in Paris in his Spring 2011 collection. This kind of look will always be timeless: crisp trench coats, striped boat neck tees, pegged jeans and gamine hair. Berardi gives the classic look his own characteristic twist: a sequin panel in a trench for instance, or a flowy, nautical tunic in navy stripes. A bib front shirt in French blue stripes looked wonderfully fresh and the vintage feel of swiss dots appeared on dresses that could easily go from lawn party day to French wine bar night. Gowns were long, floral and romantic, though, at times a bit harlequin when belted and voluminous with stripes.—Jeanie Kwak
Photos by Nari Kim