Ana Lerario may have been born and raised in Sao Paulo, but don't assume it comes through in her collection, Lerario Beatriz. She isn't about the vibrant caftans and hypersexualized silhouettes you might expect when you think of some Brazilian designers like Rosa Cha -- quite the contrary. And though she's a beyond-capable designer, her lookbook for Resort '10 will have you appreciating more than just her soft, subtle sense of style.
With Lerario, it's as much about the artistic value of the image as it is about the fashion. The streaky, pixelated washes of greys, beiges, and greiges (yes, consider "greige" a real color) provide a painterly backdrop. Before it, the models seem like fairy ghosts lilting and sighing in a peaceful haze. We wish the month of summer rain and fog we've endured here in New York could make us feel as angelic as these girls look.
The extra-muted palette renders the detailing of the clothes a focal point. Faded, swirling patterns, dark piping, and tiers of crochet and lace take the mood from dreary to feminine and heavenly. If we could live ensconced in the clouds like that, we might dare to experiment with marble-print harem pants too.