For all its superficial charm, the Alberta Ferretti Spring 2014 collection was intensely technical: smocked mousseline, embossed plissé, placed floral prints. Familiarity with the terminology doesn’t necessarily increase appreciation of the garment, but once you’d touched these particular clothes, the technique made a whole lot of sense. What was most intriguing was that the craftsmanship was turned to clothing of an extreme girlishness. The tiered skirts, the shirtwaister, the little cropped linens—all paired with embroidered ballerinas—were pieces that you’d think the daughters of a Ferretti customer might best respond to. Especially because she still gave her devotees the option of spectacular orange and green mousselines at show’s end.