Runway Report: Alberta Ferretti SS16

Inspired by the desert, Alberta Ferretti’s spring collection was ethereal and elegant. “I pictured a woman who lives in wide-open spaces, freeing her imagination, without any restrictions,” Ferretti said in her show notes. “The desert is free, there’s movement, there are possibilities,” she said backstage. “I closed my eyes and we had many, many ideas.”

A procession of earth-toned dresses flowed down the runway. Alongside were brown leather gladiator sandals and backpacks, perfect accessories for the urban nomad. There was a bit of festival girl – Coachella by way of Burning Man – to her lace slip dresses and patchwork suede shifts in warm shades of brown and black. Leather-bound metal jewelry around the neck gave an elemental of opulence.

As always, Ferretti is a fan of a draped gown and something fit for the red carpet. Here the options were hippie-luxe gowns heavily embroidered all over in tactile stitching of leaves and butterfly wings. With her stress on the open air, Ferretti joins this season’s bandwagon in terms of inspiration: so far, nature in its dry, wild form seems high on the fashion agenda.

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