At the heart of Fashion Month, is the always dramatic and beautiful Milan Fashion Week. The quality of Milan Fashion Week is always spectacular and the collections always have a tad something extra, to me, that none of the other fashion weeks have. So, without saying…it is my absolute favorite of the fashion weeks and I always block out my calendar, lining it with shows and calculating the 7 hours behind I am to know precisely when legendary fashion houses such as Dolce and Gabbana, Valentino, Roberto Cavalli, Versace, Gucci…(you getting the point? ;)) hit the runway with their latest collections.
This time around, I was thrilled to see Alberta Ferretti leading the pack on day 1. And as I sat with a stream queued up on my iPhone, I anxiously anticipated greatness. And greatness was received! (Naturally.)
The collection began with a range of gorgeous floral, embroidered dresses. They share an air of romance and sweetness that’s effortless. The rainbow color palette brightens up the runway and faces of the fashion spectators in the room, or streaming on an iPhone half around the world. It’s like being the the presence of summer herself again and the detail of the embroidering is really gorgeous.
I love how relaxed these dresses are, in style and fit. It’s simple and casual yet a would work in almost any occasion.
Taking the floral theme in a new direction are these gorgeous print dresses that definitely have a sharper silhouette. In contrast to the country princess looks of the loose floral dresses, Alberta Ferretti introduces a more downtown look that’s every bit as youthful and feminine. After all, a girl always needs to have options once she find a gorgeous palette that works, right? 😉
I love the skirts of these. The floral print has an ombre-effect, which is a very nice nod to the trend that’s captivated the attention of many young girls. And really love that the print doesn’t end on the hemline, but before. It’s like the print casually lays in place, which is the way flowers really are essentially. Gardens aren’t, after all, about clean sharp lines.
Orange and electric blue pieces add a more contemporary feel to the collection. These colors have a definite kick to them that’s perfect for summer. I’m so happy to see orange getting the credit it deserves as of late. I remember a friend once saying that orange is a “hideous” color, but I disagree and am happy to see Alberta Ferretti does as well. Warm is warm and very flattering on all skin tones, but especially when you have a tan (as you often do in summer).
I also really like that the striped print goes completely around these, to the back. The center look above, (left below) is my favorite example of this. I always love when attention is paid to the back, and in this case the back is the showpiece of the look.
The collection takes a gorgeous turn into evening wear with exquisite gowns of flowing chiffon. I love the layering of the chiffon to on the right dress. Layering is always very figure flattering and creates waves of movement.
The spring line also had layered skirts of much sturdier fabric, to satisfy the tastes of every woman.
I don’t like these as much as the chiffon, but they are really amazing works of art and I especially love the royal blue. I think one of the biggest reasons I’m always a fan of Alberta Ferretti is the way she does color.
The coloring is always bright, but not jarring.
These raspberry gowns of beaded chiffon are to major highlights of the collection, and of all the Spring/Summer 2014 collections to date.
I love how delicate all of the evening wear is. I don’t think you could adorn one of these gowns and not feel instantly like the most beautiful woman in the world. They dreamily embrace softness in a world of fashion that’s often very focused on heavy fabrics. Take Tom Ford for example, these gowns are very much the antithesis of everything his Spring/Summer collection stood for. It’s a different approach to genius, but every bit as much effective. I enjoy fashion that celebrates the lighter side of being a woman. We don’t have to always be strong and fierce. Sometimes the fiercest thing of all is to enjoy being a lady.
And this collection very much feels like a celebration of that very thing, being a lady. My fair lady!
One final highlight of the collection I want to touch on, is the amazing footwear! Ballet flats have been a trend for quite some time now, but this is a much more literal interpretation of the ballet flat.
These amazing ballet ‘flats’ take on the appearance of a genuine ballet slipper, complete with satin ribbon. I really love this look. They’re stunning.
The heals in particular are really gorgeous as they take on height like a ballet slipper. They’re also much more mature than the flats and more geared towards evening.
This is a dazzling collection that’s really quite timeless. We look at classic silhouettes and lines that frame the female curves beautifully. Sticking to the basic principles of design, Alberta Ferretti masterfully crafts a collection that steps out of the shadows of leather and twead, to stand freely in the spotlight in satin and chiffon.
Definitely take the time to view this whole collection, as every piece is just as gorgeous as the ones featured here. Ti amo Alberta Ferretti!
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All photos credited to Vogue.