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Milan Fashion Week: At Alberta Ferretti, the odd mod squad

February 24, 2011 | 11:02 am

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There has been a 1960s undercurrent in the shows this season. In New York, Barbara Tfank expanded her ladylike vision to include the retro evening tunic-and-cigarette pants look (as well as Justin Bieber-meets-the Beatles wigs on the models). And in London, the Burberry Prorsum collection was an all-out tribute to Swingin' Sixties model Jean Shrimpton.

The theme has come to roost in Milan, in Alberta Ferretti's uneven collection, which opened with wave-patterned minidresses over jewel-toned, bedazzled velvet, over-the-knee boots.

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While bold color certainly is a trend for fall, at times the hues made the clothes all the more off-putting -- a pumpkin-orange chiffon bubble dress, for example, and a green fur coat with burnout wave and flower shapes.

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An orange-on-orange tunic and flared pants ensemble, spangly coats and tent dresses only added to the feeling that we had stepped inside a eccentric aunt's closet.

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When Ferretti turned to evening wear, things picked up. Sheer cocktail dresses, beautifully embroidered, should appeal to young starlets who are interested in looking more sweet than sexy.

-- Booth Moore in Milan, Italy

Photos: Looks from the Alberta Ferretti fall-winter 2011 runway collection shown during Milan Fashion Week. Credit: Jonas Gustavsson and Peter Stigter / For The Times.

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