In theory, an ethereal and bohemian Greek goddess sounds like a woman, who doesn’t know what’s going on in her closet. But Alberta Ferretti’s spring/summer 2016 ready-to-wear collection blew that assumption out the door. She showed us romance and she showed us grunge, but the best thing she showed was her ability to draw inspiration from multiple directions and produce a truly unique collection.
It was clear from the beginning that Ferretti was embracing a diverse group of models for her fashion week collection. She made this decision “because fashion speaks to all of the world,” which is a beautiful yet important message to remember. Her collection encompassed a wide spectrum of this season’s fashion trends, including slip dresses and lingerie, as well as aspects that are unique to her own collection, like the intricate latticework, graphic lace, and a distinct range of ethnicity.
She really embraced the earthy tones of the world, and her pieces looked exuberant on the runway. With her backdrop theme of the desert, Ferretti gave a bohemian twist to her perspective of nature, but there was a distinct turning point in her show. While the first half of her show displayed the cool, darker side of nature, a sudden, simple, short and structured dress took its turn down the catwalk, showing a bold, straight-lined design with patches of suede, filled in by significantly lighter colors than what had been used in the show to that point. And the colors didn’t stop there, as she flipped through varying shades of yellow and orange to complement the cool and warm browns that her collection revolved around, even throwing in sudden, bright pieces, like her simple floor-length dress in deep purple.
A standout dress of the Alberta Ferretti spring 2016 show came before the purple showed up, however, but carried a similar simple overall shape. The uniqueness came about in the neckline, where pounded metal rungs held the dress to its neckline. This discrete innovation makes Ferretti’s collection truly standout, as her care to detail is truly remarkable. The dress flowed down the runway and managed to still remain simple, letting viewers truly appreciate the thought and work put into the silhouette.
Alberta Ferretti really showed us that she knows exactly what she’s doing with white fabric. When making white gowns, many designers will run into the problem of having a product that errs on the side of bridal, but there was nothing that suggested “wedding” in this designer’s show. One particular standout was an off-white, Greek one-shouldered dress. The model was gorgeous as her dress breathtakingly flowed around her body, with a slightly daring aspect added with the sheer bottom and visible shorts.
The biggest shock of the night was a black and beige woven top paired with a textured skirt. It screamed sass with a hint of grunge, which wasn’t much visible in the previous pieces, yet it inexplicably belonged in that collection. The fringed bottom was heavy enough as to not stream around the model, and it was a very strong look on the runway.
To finish the show, the designer brought out the feathers. Tons and tons of beautifully placed feathers were draped around the models, creating a perfect ending to her show. The whole Alberta Ferretti spring 2016 collection hinted at the flowing concept of feathers, and to see them brought out at the end to show a jarringly beautiful finale.
Photos courtesy of Vogue