26 posts tagged "Alberta Ferretti"
Sure, the red carpet glittered at last night’s Grammys with many of the usual suspects—Zuhair Murad, Alberta Ferretti, and Reem Acra, for example—but the real story was the names that had us heading for Google. Katy Perry turned heads in a strapless bubblegum pink confection with elaborate origami-like detail from designer Basil Soda (Paula Abdul also donned a dress by the Lebanese designer, though less successfully); while Brit-import Estelle stole the show from Kanye West in a futuristic frock by Kuala Lampur-based designer Bernard Chandran. Keeping things a little more local was Jordin Sparks, who turned to Arizonan Debra Davenport for her asymmetrical rose-printed gown. Will stylists follow suit and embrace the unknowns for the upcoming Oscars? Stay tuned.
Julia Roberts once called Aishwarya Rai Bachchan “the most beautiful woman in the world.” Yes, Ash (as the Bollywood-fluent world calls her) is that eyeball-spinningly gorgeous. Plus, her star power is like Julia, Angelina, Reese, Renée, and Halle all rolled into one subcontinental supernova. But let’s talk about Ash’s fashion. While her black chiffon Alberta Ferretti gown (worn to last night’s Pink Panther premiere) is inarguably flattering and pretty, it’s so safe that Ralph Nader himself would slap a stamp of approval on it. Here’s our case: When a star is that bewitchingly lovely and that A-list-y, is it wrong of us to want her to bring it a little when it comes to style? Maybe a little Balenciaga, Marc Jacobs, or Yves Saint Laurent? What do you think, Style Filers? Does Ash’s black Ferretti do her justice? Or would you, like us, want to see her in something unexpected and daring?
Nicholas Kirkwood better have a sturdy mantel. A bit of plywood shelving just won’t hold up under all the awards the English shoe designer has been racking up. There’s the AltaRoma Vogue Italia Who’s on Next award he took home last year, and then the Swarovski Emerging Talent Award for accessories he won at the latest British Fashion Awards, and the Footwear News Designer of the Year award that brought him to New York earlier this month. Given that it’s only been three years, Kirkwood may want to consider investing in a trophy room. For his fans, meanwhile, Kirkwood’s heels are trophies unto themselves, or perhaps something like a Santiago Calatrava skyscraper for the foot: daringly cantilevered, awe-inspiringly high, and balanced, seemingly, by will alone. That architectural sensibility has earned him a following among his fellow designers; he regularly collaborates with Rodarte and Alberta Ferretti for their runways, and this year he joined Jonathan Saunders in the revamp of Pollini. The most intriguing Kirkwood news, however, may be the fact that for Fall 2009, this sworn enemy of all things grounded is working on his first pair of flats. In the meantime, Kirkwood talks to Style.com about kitten heels, boudoir shoes, and how all good stories must come to an end.
I understand that your interest in designing shoes grew out of an experience making hats. That’s a bit of a switch, from head to toe.
It’s funny to look back on, because this was really only a few years ago and yet the whole landscape of shoe design was different. I was working with Philip Treacy, and women would come into the shop looking to finish an outfit. They’d bring in clothes, and they’d bring in their shoes. At the time, it was just this sea of kitten heels and really girly, pretty things. It seemed like there was a space for something else.
Had you studied shoe design in school?
I went back and took classes at Cordwainers. Not in design, though—just in shoemaking. I wanted to learn the craft. Continue Reading “Nicholas Kirkwood Feels For The Falling Model” »
Alberta Ferretti is the latest designer to get the avatar treatment (no, it’s not like Botox) and enter the virtual world of high-end shopping. She may have just opened and fêted a flagship in L.A., but her newest address is in StarPlaza, which is a decidedly more global locale. A Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti boutique opened last week at Stardoll.com—think Second Life for young fashionistas. On the site, users can drag and drop clothes onto their avatars—a process known to Luddites as “trying on”—purchase them with Stardollars, hang them in their virtual closets, and, of course, wear them around the Web. The occasion practically begs for a young Hollywood representative, which is where Zelda Williams (daughter of Robin) and her avatar come in. “They gave me mile-long supermodel legs. You’ve got to love that,” said the real Williams of her animated self. The virtual Zelda (pictured above) will be hanging out at the store and modeling looks. “Zelda embodies modernity,” Ferretti says of her spokesmodel. What could be more au courant than being a spokes-avatar? No slouch in the modernity department herself, Ferretti—a BlackBerry user who claims that device and its Wi-Fi cohorts “have no secrets” from her—met Williams after her Spring 2009 runway show. “I absolutely adore her,” Williams (an iPhone user…awkward) says of the designer. Love like that will undoubtedly translate into some real Philosophy gear for the budding celeb, which, as much as we in the online world hate to admit it, will always trump the virtual kind.