“The beauty of her heavenly face, that expressed benevolence and goodness, and whose features were so regular and delicate, the loveliness of her figure, neck, and arms, the exquisite freshness of her complexion – all was enchanting beyond anything imaginable.” – Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun
Luisa Beccaria channeled the life of french portraitist, Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun, whose painting career blossomed in the late 18th century granting her an invitation to the Palace of Versailles where she became the official portraitist to Marie Antoinette. So pleased was the queen with Louise’s fashion forward portraits that during a period of six years, Vigée Le Brun would paint more than thirty portraits of her grace.
The fall 2016 collection is a literal translation of the fashion of the 18th and 19th century influenced by imaginings of a self-confident and romantic woman in the height of her career; the color palette is combined as if on a painter’s palette, giving substance and lightness.
During the day checkered knitwear is worn with chiffon floral-printed dresses, cropped slacks and jackets paired with soft peasant-like blouses. Delicate details like velvet embroidery and hand woven broderie anglaise are enchanting.
For evening, floral motifs are embroidered on tulle with hints of ruches working together to inspire a sensual, spirited woman.
The pieces are finished with velvet corsets, criss-crossed lacing and satin chokers. The preciousness of the otherworldly collection is rooted in taffeta, tweeds, lurex and organdy. The silhouette is soft and graceful, inspired by nightgowns or shown in godet-shaped skirts.