In a mostly neutral palette, Alberta Ferretti‘s resort 2017 collection featured both daywear and eveningwear. The clothing all revolved around the designer’s fabulous yacht, and her passion for anything with a maritime kick to it.
Back in 2008, Ferretti purchased what is now her yacht “Prometej,” which is Russian for the Greek god Prometheus. Back in the ’50s, the vessel was actually a Russian World War II icebreaker, which she refurbished into a luxury yacht for her trips overseas – with over 20 bedrooms now aboard the yacht, this extravagant boat could serve as inspiration for just about anything.
Some may say the maritime theme for resort collections is overplayed and expected, but Ferretti’s yacht is something near and dear to her, and she was able to use her passion to pull the sea theme where no one else has been able to. Many designers do tend to play up the theme when they create a collection based on the sea, but for Ferretti in her resort line, it was all about capturing movement in a series of dark colors and a select few obvious references to boating. When designers are able to match a theme in fashion to another passion in life, something unique and beautiful always tends to ensue.
For each set fashion season, we always look forward to seeing the elegant eveningwear the designer presents, but on the pre-seasons, we get to see another, more ready-to-wear side of her. Such as with the Alberta Ferretti resort 2017 line, the designer dabbled in sportswear, and the result was still something that could look right at home on a red carpet, due to their extra bit of drama or other oomph that boosts its appeal in some way.
A stark white pantsuit, for instance, may not be one’s first thought when thinking of eveningwear, but the impact the ensembles makes, and the jacket’s detailing reminding us of a sea captain gives a whole new meaning to drama and formality, that there comes to mind a plethora of celebrities who could take that look and make a home for it at any red carpet event.
Better yet, even the most formal looks, like many of the flowing dresses, would look just as natural on a red carpet as they would on a yacht; that is how you know you are looking at a collection with two passions perfectly merged together. She even managed to nod at the name of her ship, with a series of dresses that seem to have come straight from ancient Greece and been doctored for the modern, passionate woman.
Finally, by breaking the neutral color palette right at the end with two red dresses (one old-Hollywood cocktail dress one timeless, glamorous gown) gave the entire collection a final spirit of drama, so if you didn’t find the neutral garments dramatic enough, those pieces just pushed everything over the edge. Much as with the spirit of the collection as a whole, these pieces being in red signifies one important thing that perfectly wraps everything up: passion.
Photos courtesy of Vogue