September 09, 2007 New York
The Italian designer greeted a sizeable international crowdincluding Tatiana Santo Domingo, Padma Lakshmi, and Coco Brandoliniat the Hosfelt Gallery in the Garment District. Philosophy is skewed toward a younger customer, and its oeuvre slants toward off-kilter embellishment and highly feminine dresses. This collection was especially girlish, though not sugary-sweet. Against a glaring backdrop of bare bulbs and fluorescent lights, Ferretti showed a buoyant lineup of wearable, jaunty dresses and saucy minis. Many came collaged with a mix of striped cottons, natural linens, and prints borrowed from either seventeenth-century frescoes or Louise Bourgeois drawings. The abundance of stripes added a fresh, seaside feel, but the collection didn't bash you over the head with a nautical theme. Evening was similarly effortless, with crinkled silks slathered with silver-dollar paillettes. All in all, Ferretti is going the right way about wooing her new favorite city.