It reminds us of sumptuously-dressed Renaissance popes or Bronzino’s magnificent portrait of Eleanor of Toledo, in her splendid clothes and composed posture. And yet, it’s the most glamourous style seen on the runways. We are talking about brocade in all its versions. Sumptuous, rich fabrics, worthy of a Queen of Hearts: it’s spring brocade. Bright and colorful by Valentino, more ladylike by Luisa Beccaria.