No one can accuse Alberta Ferretti of being unfocused. Her label’s reputation, whittled down to its essence, is founded on two items: a chiffon dress and a princess coat. And those are exactlyand almost exclusivelywhat she showed for fall.
The chiffon dress was short, strappy and pleated. Bound under the bust and at the hip with ribbon, it was shown with opaque colored tights and high patent pumps. The coat, meanwhile, came in color-blocked patent leather and empire-line printed velvet. Ferretti stuck firmly to her chosen colors, running exhaustively through every shade and combination of dusty pink, purple, maroon and red. Toward the end she sent out a few variations in black with feathers, a fringed shimmy dress and, finally, six long versions of the chiffon gown, worn with flat satin slippers.
There’s no question that Ferretti has a firm handle on her winning signature look. It would have been all the lovelier if her show had been as short as it was sweet.