September 28, 1999
Those who lust for the elaborate fantasy and craftsmanship of couture but who prefer prêt-à-porter will find a niche for their whimsical fantasies at Ferre. If there was ever a collection that exemplified unflinching, maximalist resolve, this is it. Ferre's background as an architect was apparent in his use of constructed bodices, grand ballroom skirts with wire underpinnings, origami-inspired dresses and dandyish suits with oversized cuffs. Decoration was, of course, a defining element for the entire collection, ranging from generous ruffles on shirts to beads on floor-grazing skirts and enormous floral appliqués on elaborate dresses. Not a collection for the faint of heart.