Alberta Ferretti has been showing her demi-couture Limited Edition line for four years in as far- ranging and exotic locations as Florence, Los Angeles, and Istanbul, but this year, she showed at a true fashion mecca – Paris. This year Ms. Ferretti released her gorgeous collection at her brand’s fabulous new home- a spectacular Paris showroom at 43 Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, an 18th-century mansion with baroque salons and a private garden that once belonged to the Rothschild family. So fab!
It’s truly a magnificent place resplendent with paintings, friezes, dramatic chandeliers, ornate mouldings and gilt everything, so it’s not a surprise that these details became the very story behind the collection itself.
“The collection is dedicated to this space,” Ms. Ferretti said of her offering, “…stucco, frescos and crystal chandeliers were the base for composing the whole collection. I imagined all these decorative elements desired by Goldschmidt-Rothschild as hand-painted, redundant frills, chiffon, tulle and handmade duchesse… people are looking for things that are unique, that have more personality.”
The results were truly spectacular: 25 unique pieces constructed of lavish materials and entirely hand-embroidered by the masters of Italian artisan craftsmanship . “People are looking for things that are unique, that have more personality…it’s not couture, but it is a night line designed in that spirit,” Ms. Ferretti said of this line, which is meant to bridge the gap between haute couture and the most luxurious prêt-à-porter.
This made for utterly gorgeous garments: long gowns, skirts and coats richly decorated with trompe l’oeil floral paintings or beaded embroidery reminiscent of frescos and gilded wooden panellings, airy confections constructed out of layers of chiffon or lace and draped gowns fashioned from pleated chiffon frills in the softest shades of beige, gray and cornflower blue.
The most lavish adornment in the collection was seen in the finale series of opulent crystal-embellished white gowns, all densely covered in tulle frills. They’re a bit much for my wardrobe, but I can see them being perfect options for brides with an extravagant sense of style.
The 18th century references are easy to spot in the collection’s full skirts, tight bodices and puffed bell sleeves, but there’s a touch of Renaissance romanticism in the delicate lace panels, flowing cascades of chiffon and the high, tight necklines of some of the gowns. Elsewhere, glimpses of Ms. Ferretti’s signature wood nymph style were seen in draped goddess dresses of chiffon and heavy silk and feather-light confections of lace, tulle and spun gauze.
This collection is arguably a display of Ms. Ferretti’s work at its finest. Her signature romanticism was in full force and further enhanced by her whimsical detailing and deft manipulation of ethereal fabrics. This is a collection that appeals to everyone’s inner princess.
I’m completely in love here!
Alberta Ferretti’s 2016 Limited Edition collection is spectacular- it’s begs the question of who needs bodycon dresses and embellished trousers when one could sport a tufted tulle gown or a floor-grazing skirt covered in shimmering latticework? The Rococo period may be back in vogue after all!
Xx – Ana