It began with a meeting between Antonio Marras and Soviet-era Armenian director Sergej Paradzanov. From the artist’s 2007 exhibition in Paris to the Alghero designer’s Sardinia-soaked collection. Dresses richly decorated in shades of gold, ecru and green looked to the past. These liberty ladies bore the influence of Caucasian inspiration but the result was extremely contemporary. Everything was excessive: the layering, brocades, lace, draping and the lengths. Marras played around with this abundance, creating the embellishments found on all the fabrics. Every element was orchestrated with great harmony. Right up to the explosion of white in the finale when the runway was invaded by shirts packed with lace, embroidery and broderie anglaise. Because, according to this designer, excess is the recipe against banality.