Renaissance and Romance dominated the Alberta Ferretti runway for Fall/Winter 2015 as the designer paid homage to the paintings of bygone Italian artists. It was a preternaturally pretty collection covered in gilded brocade, impressive hand embroidery details, and tailored with a graceful silhouette. Just when you thought chivalry was dead, Ferretti went and resurrected the courtship of knights and ladies. If the concept doesn’t make your heart beat a little faster, the clothes definitely will.
The show launched with a serious felted wool dress, replete with preening details of Spanish lace and a sheer neckline that was pulled tautly toward a ruffled collar. Deft touches of appliqués, scrolling velvet upholstery, deep-pile fur, and tapestry embroidery lept from every surface, exemplifying Ferretti’s skill at luxe craftsmanship. Her lavishly appointed sheath dresses were worn with gauzy blouses fitted with dreamy bishop’s sleeves, while fuzzy wool dusters and gorgeous knit vests added a 1970s vibe to the proceedings. This was an opulent outing that possessed dozens of wow-worthy looks, particularly gowns that populated the last quarter of the show. Some were sheer and scrawled with goldleaf trellises, others were courtly and dense covered in embossed details and 3D paillettes. Ferretti’s celebration of the Italian Renaissance echoed similar presentations from fashion week in New York and London, but none were so airy and accomplished as hers.
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