Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema meets Marisa Berenson: So far as inspiration goes, that’s a daring match. However for Luisa Beccaria, it was a profitable one, a minimum of within the backyard, the place the motion for her Spring assortment came about. It was a fairly literal celebration of “flower energy”—or an homage to a horticultural obsession. Billowy attire bloomed with a lavish abundance of lilacs, roses, carnations, irises, hydrangeas, tulips, violets, cornflowers, periwinkles, cyclamens. Printed or embroidered in beautiful appliqués, they known as to thoughts From Marie Antoinette’s Backyard, a just lately revealed tome that praised the encyclopedic love that the French queen had for all of the flowery specimens she tried to develop on the Petit Trianon, her pastoral retreat.

Ever the romantic, Beccaria indulged her ardour for lengthy, ethereal robes in wispy organza, lace, and chiffon: That they had a prairie-chic spirit spiced up with a touch of folklore. Seventies bohemian silhouettes added a recent spin to an ultrafeminine lineup of Empire-waisted frothy clothes with bouffant sleeves and coquette décolletages. Large-brimmed straw hats and languid floral scarves accomplished the bucolic look. The gang of posh moms and daughters, a part of Beccaria’s loyal family-and-friends viewers, regarded very happy, able to order attire that will be excellent for weddings in historic Tuscan villas, or tea events in manicured gardens.

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