Alberta Ferretti Ready To Wear Spring Summer 2016 Milan

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Alberta Ferretti Ready To Wear Spring Summer 2016 Milan

Alberta Ferretti took the fashion world flying across a crystal blue desert sky. Her bird’s eye video backdrop transported the audience, as if they were a hawk gliding on a hot breeze, above the snaking sands that passed underneath like an endless river of gold.

This was a poetic introduction to a collection that showed the designer turning in her favorite jewel hues and in their stead going with an exotic desert spice palette that gave an earthy originality to the show. The effect was of luxe peasant princesses whose chiffon dresses were threaded through golden rings at the neckline, came braided along the waist or appeared woven into being at the bodice.

All these artisanal touches gave this easy-going lineup of raw-edged tunic dresses, suede patchwork jackets and ribbon-skirted gowns a sense of substance and style. They might have had built-in air conditioning thanks to the use of sheer fabrics and openwork lace, but the clothing never lost its regal grace.

When Ferretti moved away from her trademark lace and transparent offerings, the collection showed a nice graphic development. The architectural ethic print used on maxi dresses looked novel and enticing. 

However, the final series of more structured pieces, crafted out of fabric made to resemble veiny dried leaves, proved to be slightly eerie organic concoctions that felt dissonant with the rest of this desert-inspired show. The heat of which will warm the coffers of the Ferretti brand next season.