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