As is usually the case with anything involving undergarments, there were plenty of celebrities in attendance. Among them Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman, Maxwell, Margherita Missoni, Jennifer Esposito, Amber Tamblyn, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Anna Gunn, Maggie Rizer, Fabiola Beracasa, Tinsley Mortimer, and Rachel Roy, all of whom mingled (as much as possible in the crammed space), while sipping on wine.
The looks were divided into three categories – La Perla (the marquee collection), La Perla Studio (the loungewear collection), and La Perla Villa Toscana (the edgy, young collection).
La Perla was inspired by “film noir” and the iconic women of 1940’s Hollywood, so it was fitting that the collection was done entirely in dramatic black (and just a touch of dark gray and navy). The six-piece collection utilized a new laser cut technique with stretch tulle and hand-detailed embroidery to highlight the mysterious allure of the looks.
In contrast, the La Perla Studio collection – also done in black with just a pop of white – had a more modern feel to it. Studio is the downtown to its La Perla Upper East Side counterpart. The collection featured a linear, contemporary design and utilized geometric lace with texture and graphic designs, along with mesh and satin to modernize the classic La Perla look.
Finally, the most casual of the three mini collections, La Perla Villa Toscana, focused on soft luxe cottons with details in silk and satin all done in luminous colors (notably beautiful ivory and lilac). The collection had a relaxed, casual feel to it that will likely appeal to both the La Perla and the Studio demo.
Overall, just over a dozen looks were shown – literally just a snippets of La Perla’s extensive lookbook. No swimwear or ready-to-wear was on display unfortunately, but here’s to hoping that there will be next year.