Widely renowned for her light, heavenly evening gowns, Alberta Ferretti showed us a rare darker side at the presentation of her Autumn / Winter 2012 prepared-to-wear collection in Milan. Gone had been the sweet, girlie gowns and in their spot were some ultra modern day, moody dresses that stuck to a robust, sleek silhouette.
Aimed squarely at the present day woman who is “equipped to deal with the challenges of today’s planet.” Ferretti unveiled sharp tailoring, classic outerwear, and sophisticated separates. Making use of a palette of cream, black, vibrant purple, royal blue and orange-red, the Italian designer equally balanced out the heavy – chunky knits, fur trims and boxy jackets with the light – delicate sheer blouses, satin pencil skirts and soft wide-leg trousers.
Best known for her evening gowns there would be a Hollywood actress, or two, who would have kept a close eye on this collection, and with great reason. There was a number of lengthy sheer embrodiered black dresses most suitable for the occasion, as nicely as a bold purple strapless quantity which featured loose strips at the hemline. With just the proper amount of moodiness, Ferretti succeeded in developed a sharp modern day collection with still the essence of her signature sophisticated femininity.