Poised high on an oversize velvet pillow and surrounded by lavishly
embroidered blankets, a shawl-clad figure played the sitar as guests took
their seats for Gianfranco Ferré's romp through Indian style.
Ferré worked plenty of his signature architectural flights of fancy into the
show. Carefully constructed white coats and caftan jackets morphed into
pegged trousers accented with hand-beaded silver strips. Elaborate
organza creations featured drawstring furrowings, spiral encirclings, and
textured appliqués. Metallic stitching turned up on leather skirts; silk
patchwork pants were worn with embroidered twinsets; and long skirts and
gowns were trimmed with dangling gold coins. Ferré's finale took the form of
a glow-in-the-dark series of embroidered tangerine, lemon and orange
Fans of Ferré's extravagant aesthetic were not disappointed.