Corrado de Biase's Fall 2012 collection is only his third at prêt-à-porter, but the young talent is already developing a signature style. His collections blend together looks that clash and explore pretty paradoxes, such as antiquated floral brocades woven in futuristic silver. Translucent organza robes that coyly covered the neck but exposed the breasts were also an unexpected twist. Corrado de Biase's woman ranged from the polished lady to rebellious tomboy, often embodying both at the same time. Bringing back the quilted look that was the vibrant highlight of his spring collection, de Biase employed the technique with gleaming gray jackets and sheer mini-capes.
The Italian-native paid tribute to Paris with nods to 1920s modernism and Coco Chanel's garçon-chic, although de Biase's dark-lipped lady was hardly nostalgic in metallic platform oxfords. The snazzy shoes were no surprise, as the designer has created footwear collections for Rochas, Fendi, John Galliano, and more. Hopefully, he'll continue to explore his own dimension of improbable fashion encounters, as he does it so well.