She was tall and slim, with little bob flaming wildly, big green eyes scintillating sinisterly like two emeralds, vermilion lips more frequently smirking maleficently rather than smiling, while her false lashes were reaching epic lengths. This eccentric Italian marchesa living on the hog, being the owner of several palaces and exotic animals had a soft spot for promenading around at nights parading her cheetah, wearing fur on naked body and knots of snakes wrapping her neck as jewelry. The never-ending description of Marchesa Luisa Casati needs to be cut just in here giving way to the renaissance of her legendary essence through the newly unveiled Alberta Ferretti Couture fall/ winter 2016-2017 collection.
This eccentric woman was the muse of the arts in early the 20th century known all over Europe by her extravagant looks and actions. “I want to be a living work of art”, are her own words, so powerful and impressive that the sands of time are just paralytic to black out her imperishable fame. This time around the Italian designer Alberta Ferretti has got inspired by Casati’s imposing nature while working out her limited edition fall 2016 couture collection.
“What I like about La Marchesa was her untamable free spirit and modern allure, she lived in Venice, whose atmosphere suited her mysterious charm,” said Ferretti and continued adding; “She was free of constraints, strong and unique but exquisitely feminine, she embodied all the qualities I like in a modern woman.”
Alberta Ferretti seems to eschew presenting her couture collections on the runway giving her preference to video presentations that undeniably come to better illustrate what she really aspires to hand on to the brand devotees. Filmed by photographers Luigi & Iango with the Polish beauty Malgosia Bela in the leading role, the video comes to reveal a little fragment of Casati’s life, where she is wandering around the rooms of a grandiose gloomy Venetian palazzo, her little bob and slender figure singing perfectly in unison with Ferretti’s delicate, fine-grained and regality-radiating pieces that include a range of floor-skimming frocks, cabaret-ready swinging minis and even a strong elegant pantsuit.
Fragile chiffon is leading the pack mainly happening in mourning black color accompanied by intimate lace to grace the model’s body tenderly, while ball gowns with puffed bottoms are an overt reference to Casati’s craze for cheetahs. Cheetah skin imitating fabrics whether done up in brown-black combination or in black color alone find their realization in high-falutin’ ball dresses, mini cocktail dresses as well as in a palatial dress-worthy coat with a black belt cinched around the waist.
Lace opera gloves spin incomputable heads; fur embellishments attached to coat lapels are endlessly caressing our sights and the inmost recesses of our hearts; the multilayered cascading tassels on a couple of mini dresses are commanding to head to a crazy party to boogie down to crazy jive music. The low-down red-carpet-worthy dresses are to rivet anyone’s attention, while those creepy and sprawling snakes whether wrapped around the neck or waist, or else appearing under the guise of earrings and shoe straps are to scare the bejesus out of. But what’s the problem? After all you are at Luisa Casati’s intimidating zone.
Photos courtesy of Vogue