February 13, 2010 New York
The designer revisited the boy-girl thing that she loves to explore, but there was a newly elevated level of polish to the luxuriously tailored officer's coats in wools and thick buttery leathers and their counterpoint of romantic lace dresses. To that mix, Ferretti injected a naughty-edged propriety with glossy black Victorian lace-up knee boots and beautiful high-starched collars with laser-cut edges and lace insets. There was more of that duality on chic coats that were plain and proper in front and turned to reveal a sexy and chic flare of pleats.
Awards season is coming up, and evening is an important element of this red-carpet staple. One standout: a pale gray bias-cut gown made of various layers of lace and sequins topped with a slim ruffled knit and white collar. It may not be for every girl, but we'd give it Best Dressed on the right young starlet.