F/W 2010: Wunderkind Alexander Berardi Shows His Age

P2120042At the ripe young age of 23, New York-based fashion designer Alexander Berardi has already garnered a large fan base among the city’s elite—including Ally Hilfiger and Bee Shaffer (who we spotted sitting front row center at his show last night), who is better known as the daughter of Vogue editor Anna Wintour. Berardi kept his color palette simple, with seemingly endless combinations of black, white and gray. To keep the looks interesting, he showed a broad range of fabrics—velvet pants, sequined sparkling dresses and suspenders decorated with tulle rose petals. Despite the basic color scheme, Berardi’s talent shined through most on the colored pieces. An orange, purple and pink floral organza dress was the standout of the night, and a red dress completely covered with tulle rosebuds was close behind.

Perhaps as a nod to Berardi’s youth and upbringing (the Parsons grad grew up on the Upper East Side), the collection seemed to tell the story of a party-hopping Manhattan socialite. Outfits fell into three categories—work-appropriate outfits (tuxedo jackets over pleated white shirts and skinny cigarette pants), party ensembles (polka-dotted minidresses) and the ultimate morning-after look (boyfriend-style, thigh-skimming shirt dresses). You’re only young once, right?

Photos by Alexander Liang for Mochi magazine