For spring/summer 2013, Alberta Ferretti put sirens in the spotlight.
Like Milanese mermaids emerging from the foamy shore break, Ferretti’s models swayed across the runway with wet pulled-back tresses that further exaggerated the clean and refreshing color palette the designer chose for spring.
The oceanic inspiration was on full display in this fashion aquarium of liquid cobalts, teals, turquoise, cream, beige, pale greys, marine, and sea grass featuring the entire school of Ferretti femininity: lace gowns, sequin detailing, sheer organza tunics, fringe, silk, and chiffon.
The back-to-basics unbridled romance that fashion has come to associate with the brand was back in Ferretti’s warm embrace—preferring to chicly camouflage at an awards show or cocktail party than steal the show. That message was sent most visibly through the ripples of its silhouettes, all of which floated like lily pads atop a glistening pond of watercolor against an impressionistic canvas.
Even with all the literal aquatic references—subtle fish tails, wave-like hemlines, the loose ultra-wet hair—it never drowns under itself. Ferretti is one of the purest dressmakers through and through, so in command of her classic chic aesthetic, all you can do is feel soothed by it.
Backstage after the show, Alberta said that the collection was “all about light and water, the movement and the crystals,” and if that were the collection’s ultimate goal, it was a swimming success. During the runway finale, together the effortless line mimicked the effect of iridescent bubbles fizzing their way to the surface of a champagne flute. Cheers.