Ask any designer what inspires them season after season, and you’re bound to end up with a list as long as the train on that bridal dress from Chanel’s Fall 2010 Couture collection. At the top of that list, for Alberta Ferretti at least, is nature. Remember her Spring 2014 floral collection? Or her aquatic-themed Spring 2013 presentation? For the forthcoming season, her starting point was a moody autumnal forest. She relied on a color palette of golds and earthy tones – bark and leaves – that blended together to create a surprisingly rich, opulent collection.
Ferretti took her audience for a walk through a misty forest, witnessing the changing of seasons.
In a room filled with a light cloud of smoke, Ferretti took her audience for a walk through a misty forest, witnessing the changing of seasons. A burnt-orange bag followed by orange-splashed dresses announced the coming of fall and the changing colors of the leaves. As winter settled in, the palette changed to one of white, gold, and black. In case you’d missed the references to nature altogether, the designer makes her inspiration clear in the literal depiction of trees on a slouchy brown knit sweater. Calling on Italy’s best craftsmen, Ferretti mirrored the infinite textures found in a forest with the use of an impressive number of fabrics and materials, from wool, lace, alpaca, and tweed to fur, leather, and pailletes – adding crucial depth and dimensionality to the collection.
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