Alberta Ferretti Spring 2014 Collection

Posted on September 19, 2013

Alberta Ferretti Spring 2014 Collection






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  • alyce1213

    Czechoslovakian folk wear collection?

    • Rebecca Harvey

      The whole thing screams Mexico to me.

      • alyce1213

        The dark pieces, definitely, but the whites have the eastern european vibe for me.

      • KateShouldBeWorking

        I got Mexico as well. I was, therefore, particularly irritated to see so many white blondes on the runway.

        • Latin Buddy

          Sorry my European sisters. This screams Mexican folkloric styles (specifically, Oaxaca, Chiapas, Yucatan and Puebla). It’s rare that designers look to non-European references so I’m going to say this is Mexican 🙂

          • lorepottter

            Siiiiiii, en cuanto vi los primeros diseños, se nota a leguas!

          • kolokOlchik

            Being Ukrainian, this is quite obviously Eastern European to me, mostly Chech and a bit trans-Carpathian.

      • kimmeister

        I immediately wanted to start making tortillas.

    • kmk05

      I got German/Swiss folk wear. EDELWEISS!

      • barbarienne

        I went “Guatemalan dirndl?”

        I’m going with a tribute to the Habsburgs, who ruled every flipping where in Europe, most notably Germany and Spain.

    • MoHub

      I was thinking Moravian.

      • Sarah

        All the white stuff was giving me Greece. Lotsa map coverage here…

    • jif

      Or Ukrainian / Polish (specifically, Galician).

  • In_Stitches

    Who would have thought a collaboration between D&G and Lisa Frank would have been so lovely?

  • It’s bright, it’s pretty, it’s a bit heavy handed, but it is also mostly completely wearable. By others. Not me, of course, but people.

    • demidaemon

      “Wearable by people…” I love this remark. It’s so open-ended and yet so BKish in its phrasing. Well done!

  • YoungSally

    Frida Kahlo – in a good way. I am not into pretty – more of a minimalist — but I like this.

  • Diego!

    What the heck? I got mixed feelings with this collection. I HATED everything at the beginning, it reminded me of my school acts in a german school. When stripes appeared, it changed in a good way, then went back to the customes and then that blue dress changed again and I love it from then until the end (incluiding the lace dresses), it really needed some editing I think!

    • kirkyo

      Got to agree. The beginning was rough and then it kind of goes all over the place…from good to bad to wtf.

      • Diego!

        Hahaha I’m glad I’m not alone here…

  • TLJezebel

    How do these models have any room for internal organs?

  • Jacquelyn

    I thought there was a lot of pretty here, especially in the middle with all the color.

  • eandh99

    the clothes are a little folkloric for me — and look! even here we get the obligatory sheer over nipples look. but l
    I do really like the ribbon flats.

    • MoHub

      Yep. That one kind of threw me.

      • demidaemon

        It seemed like the designer went “Oh shit. Everyone’s doing sheer nipple tops. Gotta have one in there so I’m not off-trend and everyone still thinks I’m in the loop.” To me, it was a huge needle scratch.

    • AC Simons

      I love the shoes. No one is falling over or out of these. I like the clothes overall, very pretty, with a fun ethnic vibe.

  • random_poster

    “Heidi” was my favorite book as a child. I never thought I’d see it inspire a runway collection.

    • sagecreek

      Hee! I just posted something very similar. Great minds!

  • LaSylphide

    Some pretty, wearable looks, some awkward and unattractive.

  • anotherkate

    I love some pieces, and find others painfully on-the-nose. I want to see Sophia Vergara in one of those orange gowns with the floral embellishments.

  • “Florals, for Spring. Groundbreaking.”
    That out of my system, its a great looking collection, and I LOVE the colors.

    • tb

      I am going to ask YOU,my old (new) bar until you had to work mate my two burning questions because you’ve been nice, and trust me, after my morning I need nice, not snarky…stupid coworkers and their stupid Teeva sandals and stupid geology t-shirts…WHY do runway shows always have nipples showing (obligatory? drape requirements?) and why do starlets have shoes that appear too big? Or are shoes (real shoes, not stupid Teeva sandals) supposed to be bigger than the foot so the woman’s heel has what, breathing room?
      Are you going to be in the lounge today or are you still on the floor?

      • Hey TB!
        Answering in order. The nipples thing makes me a little nutty. I suspect at first it was being done in order to be edgy, but it has developed the force of tradition, sadly.
        The shoe thing is all about what sample sizes get provided. Typically they are 8 to 9, since models are tall. But since so many stars are so wee, the shoes are often too big. And no, unless you are at the Cate, Tilda level, you can’t request specific sizes.
        Third, I won’t be I. The lounge, sadly. My Thursday schedule places me on the sales floor all evening.
        I miss it a lot!
        Digital Hugs

        • tb

          Thanks! Sorry you won’t be around…hugs back.

  • Donna Tabor

    Take your pick: Sheer, shapeless, or peasant twee.


  • kmk05

    I’m so so sorry to say this, and this collection isn’t even the worst offender but: LET THE MODELS PUT THEIR NIPPLES AWAY. It’s ridiculous and it doesn’t add anything. If that’s all the garment has going for it, design a better one.

  • poggi

    The beginning was a little too “high on a hill was a lonely
    goatherd…” but then I loved the black and floral dresses, particularly the the black dress with the floral fan technique (it’s a little too complicated but I really like the use of print in an interesting way).

    • kmk05

      Me too! I thought that was a modern way of deploying floral.

      • poggi

        Well put, a really modern take on it.

    • ankali

      Had pretty much an identical reaction. Really like the fan prints, and just about everything afterwards.

  • some beautiful pieces here.
    as someone who really likes lana del rey, i wish shell get her hands on some of this stuff.

  • decormaven

    Sheer. The Trend That Would Not Die.

  • lalahartma

    I like!

  • Imasewsure

    Heidi meets Kahlo… not really working for me somehow

  • DTLAFamilies

    It reads cheap to me because I live in Los Angeles and you can find clothes that look like this in every tourist trap souvenir stand. But it’s not ugly. Just not a look I can understand dropping thousands of dollars on to achieve.


    No, seriously (sniff, snort), show me the real clothes.


  • MilaXX

    Hit or miss. I like the stripe-y pieces, but the rest either looks like nightgowns or lederhosen.

  • A few of these looks with the bare midriffs are cute. As a rule, these clothes are not that attractive. Some of the trims look as though they were slapped on.

    What is it with the models lately and they way they’re made up and coiffed? Is it wrong to expect to see attractive models, or models who don’t draw attention away from the designs because they look homely? (Note: these models are chameleons who can look beautiful; I’m not criticizing their God-given qualities.)

  • charlotte

    Can bare midriffs go away? Now? Please?

  • SewingSiren

    Viva México!

  • tb


  • WittyCism

    These for Eva Mendes! And how soft was that black sheer and lace gown that it didn’t turn into widow’s weeds!

  • Sunraya

    I love some of these but others look “chip in a chip way.” 😉

  • NBG

    I am getting a very “Parade of Nations at the Miss Universe Pageant” vibe. But not in a bad way.

  • sagecreek

    Now I’m in the mood to reread Heidi.

  • JauntyJohn

    Scroll down surprise — but in a good way.

    Some BEAUTIFUL colors and really great pieces – that gorgeous green brocade crop top (for lack of a better term) with simpler pieces so it could be the focus would be stunning. The orange gown, the jacket on the… magenta? cranberry? scarlet? gown… and that full skirt with the horizontal stripes and the fascinating silhouette is like a gauntlet thrown down to the Master Class RC walkers (you could so easily be the target of “I Dream of Jeannie” jokes but if you pull it off…)

  • Linda LaPaz

    Pretty, wearable clothes. Love everything but the sheers. And cute shoes!

  • formerlyAnon

    Heidi (from the Italian, not Swiss Alps) grows up, goes to college in Italy, works in an administrative capacity in the arts, marries well. Is widowed young. After a brief (and quietly raucous) period of mourning, she takes her place as a wealthy young widow who manages a small factory which makes high quality applique trim and other notions, is silent partner in several upscale clubs, and splits her time between her villa on the Riviera and apartments in Milan and Rome.

  • Angela Cotsones Shea

    No more mullets! No more mullets! C’mon everyone! NO MORE MULLETS!

  • Stella Zawistowski

    This collection makes me want to yodel. In Spanish.

  • conniemd

    He had me until he got to the sheers. I liked his selective use of lace. Very pretty, bright, springlike and wearable.

  • MissusBee

    Wimbledon meets Eurovision.

  • Trickytrisha

    For some reason, these make me smile. There’s a whole *vacation in an exotic Latin American villa* vibe going on. I do adore the ribbon wrapped shoes and the vibrant colors and the impeccable tailoring. The long gowns in the last part are less successful, IMO.

  • Lilak

    Aside from the sheers (which I loathe even more than mullet skirts): Glad someone is continuing the recent (occasional) folkloric theme … thankfully more in the vein of Anna Sui than Ulyana Sergeenko … and with a nice fresh take, crisp and colorful, avoiding the usual pitfalls of too literal or hippie-nostalgic.

  • valerie747

    Someone wanted to use every crayon in the box!

  • oyeyemi808

    D&G 1988

  • quiltrx

    I really don’t care for most of the shapes…BUT, I really do like the color palette. The striped skirts are the best thing I see.
    Other than the colors, this doesn’t feel overly cohesive to me.

  • Scoop

    Talk about running with a theme… But I covet any of the three black dresses in the middle segment.

  • Gorgeous. I’ll start with the shoes in every color and the dress in blue and orange stripes. Not every piece is winner, but there’s a lot to love in the range of shapes and styles.

  • Aurumgirl

    It is going to be impossible to pinpoint the ethnic back ground of origin with these pieces–the point is, it’s all referencing generic “peasant” clothing. Yes, it looks Mexican but it also looks like peasant costumes from everywhere–Greece, Italy, the Ukraine, Czech, Russia, everywhere. We’re seeing a lot of interpretations of “peasant” clothing in very expensive pieces, and this is coming up in more than one collection. Maybe it’s like when the French nobility wore dresses made to look like dresses the peasant girls wore, complete with panniers, shepherd’s hooks, and the like.
    Wasn’t the just before heads rolled in the Revolution?

    • rage_on_the_page

      The ’90s really ARE back: the 1990s AND the 1790s! I’m all for it.

  • rage_on_the_page

    So, the Mexican/Central American motif is a clear trend for Spring.

  • save_the_hobbit


  • marlie

    LOVE this. Pretty and feminine is definitely my “thing.” I like how it’s also a more toned-down, lighter (figuratively and literally) collection than Dolce & Gabbana’s “widow’s weeds” collection from last year.

  • Laura Renee

    We had to get to the sheer eventually, didn’t we?