Alberta Ferretti Looks to Menswear for Spring/Summer 2017

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Ferretti is known for her ethereal, womanly designs, and rarely steps into the world of menswear, which she did for Spring/Summer 2017.

A designer’s name is used to describe the work of the brand, but the real work that goes into bringing their creations to life is attributed to the staff of their respective ateliers. At her Spring/Summer 2017 presentation, Alberta Ferretti put a face to the behind-the-scenes talent, as guests walked into the show venue flanked on either side by the white-coated tailors and seamstresses that bring Ferretti’s ideas to life season after season. This appreciable touch imbued the collection with a personal feel, allowing the audience to reflect on the demanding hours it takes to create the lavishly macramé collection that walked down the runway.

Alberta Ferretti Spring/Summer 2017
Photo: Courtesy of Imaxtree

Another surprising element of Ferretti show was the juxtaposition of masculine elements – like crisp shirting and tailored shorts – which threw the feminine flou of her collection into sharp relief. Ferretti is known for her ethereal, womanly designs, and rarely steps into the world of menswear. However, the sprinkling of masculine pieces in somber black shades served to underscore the jewel-toned prettiness of her designs.

Both the folkloric and masculine blended in striking combinations that were a far cry from her typical red carpet fare.

For Spring/Summer 2017, Ferretti focused on flamenco skirts, dreamy bohemian gowns, and edgy tooled leather elements. Bella Hadid was also tapped to open the show, and she was first out in a taut leather bandeau and tiered royal purple maxi skirt, representative of the collection’s nomadic mood. In the mix were sheer gypsy tunics, reconstructed blazers edged in lace, beautifully embroidered boho gowns, lace jumpsuits trimmed with ruffles, exaggerated palazzo pants, and a surprising amount of wide-leg trousers. Both the folkloric and masculine blended in striking combinations that were a far cry from her typical red carpet fare.

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