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Alberta Ferretti Fall 2011 Runway Review


Alberta Ferretti shines when she sticks to simple looks with clean draping subtly accented with beading, pleating, and similarly elegant embellishments and fabric techniques executed in a restrained manner. This season, while we did get some of that, notably with a few of the gowns, Ferretti seemed to be going for an edgy 21st century-meets-60s look that often fell flat, particularly when it came to her cocktail dresses.


Perhaps inspired by more tech-savvy designers like Christopher Kane (the two ironically shared an affinity for the swivel this season), Ferretti showed clashing prints that at times seems digital age-inspired when they made use of shine and sequins, which along with some of the often unflattering dusty-toned mod silhouettes and head-to-toe boldly colored looks (think fuchsia, orange, and metallic silver), made for a number of unflattering looks. The all-over color palette didn't help matters.


It’s too bad that Ferretti didn’t opt for less over-the-knee boot action – the Balmain-esque shoe style was paired with nearly every day and cocktail look – and focus instead on the magic that her gowns brought to the show.

Photos: Vincenzo Grillo, IMAXtree.

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