Don't be fooled by the first few looks from Alberta Ferretti's Fall 2013 collection. Her show in Milan on Wednesday may have started off with a series of looks in black and white, but they were anything but basic. She used a subtler hand with the embroidery and embellishments she usually employs, making this collection a little softer than her past few offerings. Still, the classic Ferretti details were all there: a black skirt was decorated with lace and sparkly black beads, while embroidered flowers snaked up the front of more than one coat in a blue check. There was romance here, but in a way that felt controlled, demure, and even a little fragile.
Posts for February 20th 2013
- Moncler's head of international relations, Phivos Lampros Istavrioglou, was arrested in New York after allegedly stealing a Salvador Dali painting (pictured above) in 2012. [Telegraph]
- Meanwhile, two men have robbed the De Beers boutique in Printemps, making away with up to $4 million in stolen goods. [WWD]
- Fendi will take to its Facebook page and website to live stream its Fall 2013 show tomorrow, Feb. 20 at 6:30 a.m. The brand will also stream preshow content, including a backstage diary, on Fendi.com. [POPSUGAR Fashion News Inbox]
- J.Crew has teamed up with Charitybuzz to auction off a lunch meeting with creative director Jenna Lyons to benefit IS 289 Hudson River Middle School. Her time doesn't come cheap, though — the estimated value of the package is $10,000. [Styleite]
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Gucci's woman for Fall 2013 is strong, powerful, confident — and a little dangerous to boot. The brand's pregnant creative director Frida Giannini took ladylike shapes and subverted them with hard-edged, forthrightly sexy materials and styling. This offering had no shortage of pieces cut from patent or python, but a simple suit in plain black leather, nipped in at the waist, made perhaps one of the strongest statements of the show. Elsewhere, scaled-up houndstooth prints made for an interesting use of pattern, while sheer panels and plunging necklines exposed daring amounts of skin. The evening gowns, most of them dark, were accented with attention-getting swirls of feathers and fringe. Altogether, it's a look that requires discipline and serious backbone — but it's nothing the Gucci woman can't handle.