For the Alberta Ferretti Limited Edition Fall 2019 Haute Couture collection, the designer used new style templates, working on more structured, 3-D volumes while keeping silhouettes fluid and simple. “I like simplicity but not simplification,” she said.
The collection featured a color palette, unusually audacious for Ferretti, who favors paler and dustier hues. Instead she went bold, with bright shades of chartruese, fire red, turquoise, and fuchsia enhanced by the luscious textures of radzimirs and liquid silk satins. It gave impact to a voluminous, dramatic winged cape worn over slim-fitting pants, or to a red carpet–worthy, floor-sweeping number with a feminine bow-front bustier.
The play of elongated, simple contours was continued in tiered chiffon dresses and evening jumpsuits with lace-embroidered intarsia and fan-pleated ruches. Sequined minidresses had a svelte allure. Yet Ferretti’s flair for romance cannot be easily dismissed. “We need to dream,” she said. “We need a bit of magic and eccentricity.” No arguing with that. She is ready to provide us with an escape. Just put on one of her delicately sumptuous confections in aquamarine, embroidered with a plethora of shells, coral, and starfish, and deep dive into your magical fantasy.