Veiled by a mirage-like mist, Alberta Ferretti’s seaside-resort-ready collection for SS23 was a hazy hymn to lightness and fluidity – no doubt, the smoke machines were hard at work. Named Wanderlust, an air of adventure prevailed, evoked in the precious elements from around the world that were woven into flowing frocks and tailoring to dance along the foggy footway. It was clothes for global citizens; travel-inflected clothing that became impalpable in the field jackets, blazers and sartorially splendid loose-fit suits. The tangy palette, too, felt fresh – think electric blue, calm clementine, fuchsia, burnt sienna, grass green, tobacco and amethyst. Peeking out from under liquid panels, bare skin turned heads while vests and jackets fall into handkerchief hems and shredded strips of chiffon spilled from structured bodices.
Where she was once known for party dresses, Ferretti is turning to daywear, creating more casual, tactile and timeless clothes. In recent years, she’s been delving into sportswear and even playing with old-western treatments such as lassoed cowboy hats and roper boots. This season’s dynamic daywear, however, worked with organza on expressive silhouettes including artisanal trench coats, hoodies, safari jackets and trousers. Sleeveless ecru suiting was rendered in linen too, while satin, silk and linen toile made up the rest.
Ferretti didn’t hold back on the handicrafts either. A halter top with shorts and a bikini-top and miniskirt co-ord were made from crocheted raffia and embedded with the intercontinental stones aforementioned. For especially special occasions, botanical, chiffon dresses came delicately encrusted with macramé vines, sequins and organic ferns that crawled over the models. Dressed in Alberta Ferretti, they glowed.
Photography courtesy of Alberta Ferretti.