Sweet and simple shirt dresses and cocktail pieces were the standouts in a somewhat uneven collection at Alexander Berardi for Fall 2010. Tuxedo shirts and velvet weren’t really doing it for me and the collection felt a little stilted. The 30 looks probably could have been paired down for a more cohesive, stronger show. The shirt dresses were really expertly fitted shirts, with menswear detailing like French cuffs, that looked very pretty on the lithe models but were pretty short for every day wear. Really wearable and lust-worthy were evening pieces like a sequin blazer that moved beautifully, a red ribbon dress and a floor-length beaded halter dress Bee Shaffer was eying from the front row.
The show was presented at out-of-the-way fashion week outpost The Altman Building, keeping attendees waiting outside in the cold to be checked in, and then starting so late that many of us missed Costello Tagliapietra over at Milk Studios. Bad form!