In many ways, we can do little but appreciate the optimistic flair that has been shown in Milan in the past few days. Reiterating the message from the Gucci show from Wednesday, Alberta Ferretti’s latest collection is focused on a deeply emotional panorama of insights from a bygone era; At a dark time for Italy (financially, aestethically and morally), the designer decided to look back at the Renaissance and the glory and beauty it brought to the Country. We at Lujon agree with Tim Blanks on the costume-y look of some of the ensembles that walked the runway, but at the same time we can all agree that looking costume-y has never been seen as a problem in this establishment.
If a young designer in London would have shown corsets and girdles in brocade with ripped tights and shredded hems, no one would have even mentioned its inevitable cartoonish look, people would have just safely and happily slurp down their reviews with adjectives such as ‘bonkers‘, ‘fun-loving‘ and (even!) ‘punk‘.
No I am not saying that Alberta Ferretti, one of the greatest ambassadors of Italian elegance, could be childishly regarded as ‘punk‘, I am just stating that ‘bonkers‘, ‘fun-loving‘ clients should really expand their horizons and don’t nestle a brand in the corner just because of its usual clientele of haute-socialites. The collection has a great strength of hugely inspired pieces and romantic connotations and it delicately swings between daywear and evening-wear with no great effort. Some looks might have been a bit overdone, but maybe pared down with a more contemporary styling, a modern woman will be happy to welcome some degradé velvet in her wardrobe.
And, blatantly, the accessories are to die for.
After seeing the show, we decided to ask some of our favourite 16th Century ladies to give us some thoughts on the collection:
By Matteo Sarti