Luisa Beccaria channeled the life of french portraitist Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun whose career blossomed in the late 18th century granting her an invitation to the Palace of Versailles by her grace Marie Antoinette. So pleased was the queen with Louise’s fashion forward portraits that during a period of six years Vigée Le Brun would become Marie Antoinette’s official portraitist and paint more than thirty portraits of her grace.
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 about Marie Antoinette
The Louisa Beccaria fall 2016 collection was a literal translation of the 18th and 19th century fashions worn by Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun. The designs were influenced by imaginings of a self-confident and romantic woman in the height of her career; the color palette was in homage to her painter’s palette.
For day wear, Louis Beccaria imagined checkered knitwear worn with chiffon floral-printed dresses, cropped slacks and jackets paired with soft peasant-like blouses. For evening, floral motifs embroidered on tulle with hints of soft ruches worked together to inspire a sensual, spirited woman. Delicate details woven throughout like velvet embroidery and hand woven broderie anglaise were enchanting.
The collection featured precious finishes like velvet corsets, criss-crossed lacing and satin chokers. And while not modern or practical for most women, the otherworldly collection rooted in taffeta, tweeds, lurex and organdy materials worked well to create a nostalgic moment that was feminine, graceful, and inspiring.