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Spring Forward: Bacca Da Silva Spring 2010

For his latest collection of men’s and women’s apparel, San Francisco designer Bacca Da Silva inches away from the intricately-beaded, handmade pieces long associated with his label to embrace styles with simpler construction and more versatile silhouettes.

“For the spring summer 2010, we are making pieces that are a little less elaborated, less hand work,” says Da Silva, whose most complicated custom designs featuring hand-embroidered details can take up to three months to complete.

Da Silva’s aesthetic may be more streamlined than in collections past, but don’t expect the looks hanging from the racks in the Brazilian-born designer’s Sutter Street showroom starting this month to be any less bold.

For women, dresses in sun-drenched yellow and scarlet make an impact not only with their bright hues, but with defined shoulders and exaggerated, blouson sleeves, while a diaphanous one-shoulder number of multi-colored panels blurs the line between an evening gown and top when worn over figure-skimming black pants.

Men’s styles such as schoolboy shorts paired with bright socks and signature blazers punctuated with the label’s crest push the boundaries of traditional menswear, while narrow ties and crisp white shirts keep the look fresh and modern.

Fans of Da Silva’s sequined statement gowns and handmade formal pieces, don’t despair. Custom orders for one-of-a-kind pieces are still welcome.

Available at Bacca Da Silva, 590 Sutter St., 415-913-7322, www.baccadasilva.com.