by TIZIANA CARDINI

Eveningwear has always been Alberta Ferretti’s forte, her mix of sensuality and delicacy proving a winning proposition. She likes women to be beautiful, and who doesn’t want to look her best and feel special in a dreamy chiffon dress? But seduction is a game that has to be played subtly; Ferretti likes to suggest rather than reveal.

“Women want to feel at ease even when they dress for special occasions,” said the designer. For her Limited Edition collection, she indulged her flair for luxe and embellishments, proposing a sense of glamour without detracting from comfort. Being a woman designing for women, she worked on beautifying, body-friendly shapes, proposing two opposite silhouettes. One was sculptural and structured, using substantial silk duchesse in bright colors to give impact to voluminous shapes; the other was ethereal and fluid. “Chiffon is my favorite fabric,” she explained. “It makes dresses almost fly when they move, it gives them wings.” She offered a series of sensual flimsy numbers, with layers of silk georgette caressing the silhouette and plays of loose panels and draping to keep shapes interesting. Ferretti loves embellishments, but here she didn’t overdo her passion for a bit of sparkle; yet a shapely black evening tuxedo was all-over embroidered and dripping with sequins. The leopard cannot change its spots.

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