Design, outer-space and the future are like the three graces in culture, eternally entwined. For fashion designers caught between the body and the blank page, the notion of tomorrow and next are liberating muses. For Gareth Pugh, the future contains horror but we’ll see the beauty in it. For Rodarte, the future is a place where we won’t forget nature. For Alberta Ferretti, space looks as it did in the 60s with shapes and colours that allude to Courréges, Paco Rabanne, Mary Quant and Hardy Amies, the costume designer for Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. The wardrobe in Kubrick’s Pan-Am flight sequence has yet to be rivaled.
Ferretti introduced thigh-high velveteen boots to her imaginary Pan-Am 3001 flight and shift dresses that were embroidered with beading or chiffon gowns that looked ready to swirl in zero gravity. At times it felt like two or three vintage collections had been rolled into one but the slim boots kept repeating on successive looks like a snap of the fingers reminding us to come back into the room where it’s 2011.
The use of block flouro colours charmed and a simple twin-set in ultra violet matched with sapphire velvet boots held the gaze and posed questions or ideas in one’s mind. The closing dress, worn by Polish model Anja Rubik was a flattering mix of black lace and chiffon. Completely disconnected with what had come before but a stand out evening dress amongst this collection nonetheless.