For Spring 2018, Alberta Ferretti decided to get out of her comfort zone and present something much different from before. The Italian designer has been in the fashion industry for most of her life, designing glamorous and elegant dresses. Trying to escape the red-carpet potential of her collections, Alberta presented a casual, relaxed collection that was full of surprises.
“I don’t want too many things. I felt this was an important moment to look back at the past and to think about what I want for the present.”- Ferretti explained backstage.
She found the inspiration for the collection in the most unexpected place. While Alberta was on vacation this summer she saw many women wearing their swimsuits with other pieces for parties. This was the starting point for Ferretti, who decided to shift from her signature high-end fashion moments. In this collection, you will not see the astonishing embellishments that you are used to seeing from Alberta. Instead, you will see ultra-famous models strutting down the runway wearing relaxed cuts, with a slight dose of glitter.
The event took place at the glorious Rotonda della Besana in the capital of fashion. Alberta’s stellar line of models included Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid, Joan Smalls, Barbara Palvin, Alessandra Ambrosio, Izabel Goulart, Hailey Baldwin and more.
The Spring 2018 collection is Ferretti’s attempt to merge her past with the future. The show took an unexpected turn right from the start when Joan Smalls entered the runway wearing a black one-piece swimsuit. The A-list queue of supermodels who followed also wore one-piece swimwear either in black or dark brown. Bella Hadid and Elsa Hosk were the exceptions, wearing black strappy bras paired with shorts and a skirt.
The designs were a relaxed version of Alberta’s recognizable style. The designer presented long monochrome dresses and jumpsuits with a strong influence from the Greek and Roman culture. She paired them with leather strappy sandals, to match the historical vibe of the designs.
The last and final part of the collection was the most glamorous and sensual one. Ferretti used elegance inspired by the 90s and presented designs in pastel lame. There were beautiful pleated pants, shirts, shorts and dresses, all of them in soft colors.
Alberta Ferretti shifted from the rich embroidery and delicate chiffon, but she didn’t forget the sequins. The models rocked mesmerizing sequined suits, long dresses, and skirts. Ferretti proved that change is sometimes good, especially in fashion.
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The runway presentation of the Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini fall/winter 2017-2018 collection caused the expected stir during Milan Fashion Week. Philosophy had a much different aesthetic that we are used to seeing from the brand, but it was not unwelcome, just different and unexpected.
The description of the tone and aesthetic for the collection according to Lorenzo Serafini is “Liz Taylor meets a mod gang.” That his inspiration should be a fashion forward reference is no surprise, Serafini often spoke of Brooke Shields as a reference, but here with Liz Taylor being the inspirational reference, the look and feel of the collection makes so much sense.
The typical flavors of Victoriana were certainly missing in action here, showing a commitment to the ideas evoked by the reference. Not atypically many designers have one or two pieces that they have in each collection that are their standard, even when they try to depart from it. It may not be done intentionally, aesthetics is just the language spoken in fashion, and some designers have an unshakeable accent.
Here, the commitment to a mod fashion surrounded Liz Taylor received no deviation and it is a remarkable collection as such. All the good fashion components from the time period and reference were translated here for the current 2017 audience. The addition of tailoring made a very big difference on some of the looks, updating them without losing sight of what they are.
The inclusion of the bustier in the Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini fall 2017 ready-to-wear collection was daunting – many people are glad to not have to deal with that, but the tailoring keeps them much more comfortable and realistic to wear without damage. And so, Lorenzo Serafini achieved the accentuated bust and tiny waist without forcing us back into painful breathing and existing.
The decidedly mod outerwear was pretty and interesting with the black white coat that opened the show being a favorite. Philosophy di Lorenzo Serfini is a great selling brand. The prices are reasonable and the fashions are fun. There was no loss of fun here, which is why the brand continues to do so well.
Lorenzo Serafini seems to genuinely care about the women he designs for in terms of more than just “this will look good”. It is this well rounded approach that makes it so easy to see his appreciation for more than just a time period he recreates, but the ways to improve upon it so that the fashion era or other reference will not be a discomfort to address. We can look tough or sweet or romantic or eccentric and he can translate all of these into a single look because he appreciates the possibilities.
This is an opinion according to Serafini himself, who said: “Actually, I always love this kind of duality of a female soul – the soft and the hard, the romantic and the strength,” he continued to explain. “This time, it’s never too romantic. There’s always an edge.”
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Filled with proposals that take the breath away indeed (and which we will browse through in a moment), Alberta Ferretti’s fall 2017 runway show was particularly important culture-wise, as it strengthened the intersectional feminist theme most of the latest Fashion Weeks have embraced throughout the past two seasons. Among the many astounding models (hello again, Gigi Hadid!), Italian couturier Alberta Ferretti asked top model Halima Aden to join the show and walk for her fall/winter 2017-18 rtw showing.
Why is that so important, you may ask? Well, to be fairly honest, it shouldn’t even be that important, but it is. Halima Aden, who is definitely having a great week (she just signed with IMG Models and walked for the Yeezy Season 5 runway show, too), appeared on stage wearing her hijab, which shouldn’t actually be a huge deal.
Given the dark times we are currently living, however, Alberta Ferretti’s move is an empowering and important choice indeed, which encourages us to never be afraid of what we are regardless of our religion, race, or any other amazing thing we may be, profess or believe in, as long as we live in peace and respect each other.
Non-so-subtle political points of view aside, Alberta Ferretti’s fall/winter 2017-18 rtw collection blew Milan Fashion Week away for another main reason, which is the collection itself. Extremely variegated in both styles and textures, Ferretti’s collection was coherently showcased per different motifs, with its grand finale being just the icing on the cake.
All in all, we could say that the Alberta Ferretti fall 2017 proposals were all linked to one another through the common fil rouge of the evening-approved fashions, which here leaned towards ample and purposely imposing figures. To highlight this concept, Alberta Ferretti carefully embroidered cascades of crystals on most of the dresses, creating something unique that was neither too annoyingly opulent, nor too simple.
Even the collection’s third part, which came after a few optical separates and a dream array of Thirties-inspired ensembles, didn’t appear too opulent, even though it was mostly refined with luxuriously tailored velvet fabrics.
After this velvet-inspired section, Ferretti treated us to a sort of “calm before the storm”, showcasing four gorgeous, airy and ethereal Nature-inspired dresses, the goddess-like figures of which were magically otherworldly. This small line within the line served as the introduction for the Alberta Ferretti fall 2017 show’s grand finale, which consisted of the most beautiful gowns and capes we have seen so far, and which evoked fairytale vibes that we bet many celebrities, socialites and even royal members will use starting from autumn this year.
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For the Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini pre-fall 2017 collection, Serafini decided to locate to an old fashion store in London. Back in the 1970s and ‘80s, Biba was the go-to locale for London’s fashionistas, and Lorenzo Serafini took the new preseason to revisit the iconic fashion destination and gain a great deal of inspiration. He translated the inspiration and went a bit further, looking to the ‘60s for a majority of his collection by making it full of joy and old time glamour that sometimes is wanting in modern fashion.
“I was looking for a kind of escape from our time,” Serafini told WWD. This sentiment comes at a time when the film “La La Land” is one of the most successful films in theaters; Serafini himself noted the connection – it’s not difficult to see that people lately are nostalgic for the passion and elegance of fashion past.
There’s this air of undiscovered passion that was alive in that time that the Italian designer brought into so many garments and ensembles in his lineup. And it certainly doesn’t help that there is so much at question in the world today. To Vogue, the designer said, “It’s a reaction to our uncertain period; I looked for a more joyful time.”
Fur coats and elegant fishnets are two of the collection’s offerings that are on our shopping list for the preseason, because who can resist the idea of enveloping comfort and subtle sexiness of patterned fishnets – especially if they’re worn together! They both carry the luxe ease of the ‘70s, which was a beautiful contradiction of the time.
Plaid outerwear was another lovely addition, coming in several colors and styles. A cape coat in a large-scale green and pink print was a throwback look that is still applicable to today. Cape coats never quite stepped down from fall street wear, and are still cute whenever they are slipped into a collection. It’s one of those styles that have never been overplayed and have been subtly beloved through the decades.
Plaid wasn’t his only move into patterns, with leopard print also sharing the spotlights; green and pink were accompanied by reds, oranges, and gold. Fabrics like lace also played a key role in the line. One look consisted of three different lace pieces, and even then the designer managed to not overwhelm the model that wore it.
A one-sleeved lace mini dress with a ruffle was a cute focal point to the outfit in white; a long-sleeve black lace top was worn underneath, covering the bare arm and poking through underneath the white lace of the dress; finally, the line’s staple patterned fishnets (which are already to die for) finished off the lacy ensemble. Serafini clearly knows his limits and strengths as a designer, and he clearly is flaunting them for fans everywhere.
Everything worked together to be delightfully retro without being outdated, as Serafini put out a collection of cool street wear – the only times taste was questionable came at points where looks bordered on costumey. For instance, a Puritan-styled mini dress (complete with white shoulder details and cuffs) might have been more street savvy with a smaller-scaled belt buckle, and a velvet purple coat dress is a bit reminiscent of Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. That being said, the designer’s goal was to be nostalgic!
The overall presentation of clothes was sublime and refreshing with all of the bits and pieces coming together as a true show. If this is what the 2017 pre-fall collection looks like for Lorenzo Serafini, then hopefully we can expect an even greater and more spectacular lineup for the Philosophy in-season work this year.
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Alberta Ferretti’s pre-fall 2017 season has been hitting it big throughout this Milan Men’s Fashion Week, with the designer showcasing not only a sellout capsule collection, but also her pre-fall 2017 and couture spring 2017 lineups.
When asked by Vogue about the choice of showcasing these three shows together, Alberta Ferretti explained her reasons with a sense of positivity that, along with her couture spring 2017 collection’s proposals, will help many stop worrying about their problems and breathe a sigh of relief (even if it is for a few minutes).
“I wanted to have a more direct approach to today’s challenging times. Besides, it’s a way to celebrate my creative process as a sort of loop, where one thing leads naturally to another,” she answered.
For her Alberta Ferretti couture spring/summer 2017 collection, the Italian designer opted for a familiarly high-end scenario, in which reminiscences of an old-time salon gathering could be vividly visible. She herself welcomed many Italian and international socialites to the show, unveiled the collection at the imposing Palazzo Donizetti in Milan, giving the illusion she was receiving them “at home in an intimate setting.”
As a result, her couture spring 2017 show was all about a sense of timeless beauty that got celebrated in every aspect, from the more sophisticatedly intricate to casual-chic designs. While looking at each one of the staples, one cannot help but feel lost in their addictive aesthetics, which indeed will make almost anyone forget about all the bad that there is in the world.
Filled with both separates and more conventional evening frocks, Alberta Ferretti’s spring 2017 couture collection mainly features a seductive dark-toned color palette, the captivating motifs of which got alternated with equally astounding fiery reds, ethereal whites and even a few metallic grays.
Although the silhouettes are those we usually see in any Ferretti couture show, namely ones that could make any woman feel like a diva, this time around they got revamped and refined by either off-the-shoulder or plunging-V necklines, and even flared cuts and structured shoulders. Those who love turtlenecks and high, rounded necks will surely find their must-have sweaters in this collection, the perfect one to wear on the most special occasion.
Sumptuous and opulent, the collection also combines contrasting fabrics, such as velvet, sheer patterns and fur, often juxtaposing sleek effects with more opaque ones. Such a choice adds a flattering allure to most of the silhouettes, enhancing the models’ figures and treating us to a dream array of haute couture looks, indeed.
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Alberta Ferretti’s pre-fall 2017 runway show put us in a full-load Milan Fashion Week mood already, as the Italian designer unveiled her limited edition collection in Milan today, also surprising everyone with a capsule collection of sweaters that those who have a million things to do during the week will surely appreciate.
Ferretti, who is one of the busiest women in town, often finds herself overwhelmed with the many things she has to do, which is why she decided to make it easier for those who need something cheerful and motivating to keep their calendar in check, by releasing a seven-piece capsule collection of sweaters named the Rainbow Week.
Alberta Ferretti’s see-now-buy-now capsule collection, now available for purchase, comprises 7 Nineties- and rainbow-inspired sweaters with the names of the seven days of the week embroidered up on the chest, with each color representing “a new day and a new state of mind”. Ferretti’s brand new capsule collection was presented on the catwalk by both male and female models, and we bet the pieces are already flying off the shelves!
“People who know me joke because I’m always running around and never really know what day it is,” Alberta Ferretti explained to Vogue. “I always have a million things to do, a thousand ideas in my mind, and never enough time in the day.” The sweaters, which cost $495 each, were just a small part of the runway show that was memorable for sure.
The Alberta Ferretti pre-fall 2017 runway show was, in fact, extremely diverse both in terms of styles and color choices, with Alberta Ferretti carefully matching color-blocking motifs as well as solid-colored garments with staples the details of which recalled the former.
The days of the week and color-block aside, the limited edition Alberta Ferretti pre-fall 2017 collection featured three other main motifs, two of which already are some of the upcoming pre-fall season’s hottest trends: flared cuts and floral intarsia. While the former got predominately translated to lightweight, slightly lingerie-inspired flared trousers with cropped flared cuts, the latter found its way embroidered in everything from bomber jackets to structured dresses, the golden accents of which made each one of the proposals look even fancier, if possible.
The third most revisited pattern was the use of sheer embroideries, the ethereal motifs of which were transposed not only to the aforementioned flared pants, but also to shirts, gowns and tops, often as a way to balance the heaviness and textured fabrics of the garments (especially when it comes to the velvet ensembles).
As for the collection’s overall attitude, Alberta Ferretti coherently showcased all of her proposals from the most casual ones to evening-inspired looks, filling us with inspiration aplenty from the first hours of the morning to those late nights spent having fun at a party (albeit, with the collection being Ferretti’s, the parties are always the most elegant in town).
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Alberta Ferretti is set to show her Limited Edition and pre-fall 2017 collections together, just before Men’s Fashion Week begins. The shows are scheduled for January 13th in Milan, which is where Men’s Fashion Week will be taking place beginning literally the next day. Ferretti’s choice to show in this place at this time is rooted in the call of the city.
“Today we need to make unexpected choices,” the designer told WWD, in regard to her combined runway show. “Milan is calling on its designers to open our doors to the city, and for this reason I chose to show within the palazzo that has forever been my Milanese home.”
The runway will be set up in a historic palazzo located on Via Donizetti 48 – Ferretti’s showroom. The mayor of Milan, Giuseppe Sala, met with Ferretti recently and spoke over his efforts to revitalize the city with the intent of making the city international on a level even higher than it already is. In order to accomplish this, Sala has bolstered interest in fashion, since that has always been one of the leading draws of the city.
Over the past five years, Ferretti has made decisions to flit from town to town with her collections; her Pitti Uomo Florence showing in 2011 was the last notable show with a purposeful location – it was the designer’s demi-couture gown line.
Each subsequent year found Ferretti in Milan, Los Angeles, Paris, and New York, in that order, ending with the latter in 2015. After that, the designer had a 2016 filming in Venice, showed a series of collections at various special events around the world in Moscow (among other cities), and finally settled down for a moment to show a collection in July during haute couture week in Paris, where her runway show took place on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré within the headquarters for the label.
As an Italian designer, Milan is a staple place for Ferretti to come back to now and again. It’d be devastating if she didn’t, as there’s this beautiful sense of nostalgia that always comes up in some way or another when a designer is showing in his or her old stomping grounds.
We know that Ferretti is capable of stunning yet cozy garments for her pre-fall collections. Just last year, we fell in love with her mix of prints and color (as we are in many of her seasonal collections as well), which made for an inherently youthful collection while still maintained that great signature sophistication the designer is known for.
Perhaps adding in a dash of nostalgia will be the perfect final touch for the next pre-fall season. We’ll find out for sure on January 13th, though, if she manages to push the limits past the high expectations that are always set for her collections.
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Big waist belts and floating hemlines inspired by Brooke Shields in The Blue Lagoon were all over the Philosophy Di Lorenzo Serafini spring/summer 2017 runway show at Milan Fashion Week. Every ensemble was exciting and irrefutably beautiful. The overall look of the collection was artfully distinct with touches of fraying on the hems, risqué plunging necklines and intentionally dropped shoulder straps.
The appearance overall was not uptight, but as flowing as the lines of the dresses. Though stunning, it was not the least bit serious or overdone and it is hard not to love every step of each ensemble. The touch of the ‘80s in the studded, wide leather belts was a great abstract element against the lightweight materials, ruffles and lace all throughout the collection.
As the Philosophy Di Lorenzo Serafini spring 2017 runway show was set to begin, designer Lorenzo Serafini smudged herbs in a method similar to smudging sage as an effort to clear energy and for good luck. The burning of the dried leaves was an interesting start, but as the clothes were made months ago it may have been more for good moods and reception of the audience.
He needn’t have worried, as the collection was a well-received smash that was as brilliantly well thought out as everything else about the brand. As an example, the price point for the Philsophy Di Lorenzo Serafini clothing is expensive, but not out of reach expensive, which gives it emotional value as well. Saving up for these pieces and ensembles is a process that causes people to examine if they really want the item they are purchasing and here the answer is a resounding yes.
A large number of the pieces in the Philosophy spring/summer 2017 collection are easy to style in multiple ways and will look good on more than one silhouette. The studded leather obi belt is a great accessory that could work with nearly anything else in the collection.
The high-low ruffle hemmed skirt that featured a pattern on a light yet vibrant yellow on the outside and a rich, dreamy blue on the visible inside is a favored item that is nothing short of whimsical. The skirt was paired with a black knit top and dangling necklace as well as a small, cute studded black leather handbag.
Another interesting look was the high-necked ruffle detailed long sleeve shirt in the floral on yellow patterned material. This was paired with a lace-up denim corset over denim shorts and calf-high denim boots with laces wrapped around them. While the dresses were the best, every piece was wonderful.
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Who else could create a unique collection out of a four-toned color palette, if not Alberta Ferretti? The Alberta Ferretti spring/summer 2017 collection, unveiled at Milan Fashion Week a few hours ago, served as an extremely diverse line-up, the patterns, cuts and style of which delight us with a grand total of 44 ready-to-wear (indeed) evening proposals that will likely appeal to most of you.
Unveiled in its uniqueness as a chromatically coherent continuum of colors, the Alberta Ferretti spring/summer 2017 collection focuses on white, black, bright blue and purple, only to interrupt such shades with quick yet remarkable bright pops of yellow, fiery red and green. The collection is thus structured through four different sections, with each one of them being introduced by staples made of mixed and matched colors and, at times, even floral patterns.
Like the brand’s pre-spring 2017 collection, this one also focused on languid, fluid lines, with cotton, silk, jersey, lace, jacquard, and organza materials helping lighten up even the most rigid, masculine-inspired pieces. At the same time, this collection celebrates Alberta Ferretti’s glorious past and signature aesthetics, with goddess-like gowns, chiffon designs and intricate details dominating the scene.
The first part of the collection, which quickly introduces us to Ferretti’s blue and purple staples, confirms the Italian fashion designer’s indisputable talent for feminine, dreamlike silhouettes, as it plays with layered, flamenco-inspired gowns and Nineties crop tops and wide belts that have been revisited with a modern touch. Lace trains keep Ferretti’s art of layering alive and florid, with mannish suit jackets and pants coming paired with either voluminous tunics, or asymmetrical midi skirts.
The collection’s second part slowly introduced us to black and red proposals, focusing instead on Ferretti’s darkest side, with black, frillier looks quickly becoming the collection’s unquestioned protagonists. Here Ferretti had fun with both laced, sultrier fabrics, and with more delicate leaf embroideries, which figuratively recall the lightweight materials and airy silhouettes of the pieces.
Along with this second part, come the collection’s fresher and more contemporary creations, as they are just a prelude to what appears to be Alberta Ferretti’s gloomier, more mysterious blue period.
The line-up’s third part combines, in fact, bright blue colors with geometric, ethnic-inspired patterns, which infused the runway show with a nostalgic, melancholic mood. This third part also welcomes us to a kind of beauty that was ephemeral, and surely charmed those who had the chance to attend the show with the almost hypnotic motifs.
The finale of the show embraced, on the other hand, solely white and black patterns, yet featuring an abounding multitude of different styles and designs. The Alberta Ferretti spring 2017 line-up’s forth part was all about the Italian designer’s own legacy, with Nineties-inspired lines, cuts and iconic staples dominating the scene.
Sheer butterfly-sleeved blouses got thus alternated with skimpy crop-tops and off-the-shoulder dresses, only to be interrupted by equally imposing floor-length dresses that inevitably still crowned Ferretti as the Italian Queen of fashion.
Photos courtesy of Vogue