January 15, 2013 New York
Having handed over the reins at Philosophy to Natalie Ratabesi, Alberta Ferretti is devoting all of her attention to her signature line. Coincidentally or not, it's signaled a shift in her thinking. Ferretti has long been known for her romantic, super-feminine designs. She hasn't abandoned them entirely for pre-fall, but there was a new focus on daywear and a minimalist sensibility to outfits like a peplum top and cropped, tapered pants worn with a fox-fur shrug, or a chunky, short-sleeve ribbed sweater accompanied by a floor-length printed chiffon skirt. The woman behind Milan's most ethereally pretty dresses can also cut a mean tuxedo, it turns out. Its jacket comes with clever slits on the side seams, ensuring it's a good fit for gals with size-0 hips, as well as much wider. The reduced new look extended to the limited-edition portion of the collection. Amid the familiar crystal-embroidered chiffons, it was the strapless dresses in streamlined radzimir that looked the freshest.
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