Alberta Ferretti Unveils A Seductive Hunter-Gatherer
Yesterday at Milan Fashion Week, Alberta Ferretti showed a slinky, night-crawler-friendly, delicate and effeminate collection. We could point out that her trove of silky, pajama-minded pieces have come a couple seasons too late. We could say the same of her flock of slips, but who are we to throw such harsh criticisms her way when all she ever did was afford us more pajamas that we can wear during the day?
For that does cover the bulk of her Fall/Winter ’16 collection: sweet yet svelte nightwear for women who go after what they want with steady and graceful conviction—and maybe while holding a cigarette in an excessively long cigarette holder. Who knows? Ferretti’s show notes called the collection “A world filtered by dreams, fantasies, and aspirations,” and you could see elements of this everywhere. In the actual show, which was set up to look almost like dusk, awash in a deep, sleepy blue; in the nightgown motif; and even in the hair, which looked wet and slinky like some of the clothes, but in a more damp, just-awoke-from-my-recurring-French-class-nightmare kind of way.
Interspersed throughout the expanse of silk were some notably pretty (with a capital P) floral embroidered tulle gowns that looked fit for frolicking around French chateaus, while birds flutter about and drop acorns into your mouth. Fur stoles made some cameos for some added bite, as did some precious, crushed velvet, formal pajama sets—for the wife Hugh Hefner will never have because she would most likely outshine him. At times, it seemed as if the models were going to float out in droves, holding wands, and chanting a slightly menacing, yet mostly sweet and incoherent spell. Unfortunately they didn’t.
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Photography by Sonny Vandevelde.