Outside, there might have been a proper storm a-brewing (rain, rain, more rain), but inside Alberta Ferretti’s show it was about a sandstorm – her collection brought to life by sand dune sirens who appeared from a desert terrain projection and wafted down a sand-drenched catwalk, upon which fashion’s current penchant for the folksy lace prairie dress continued.
Only this time they belonged to intrepid explorers who affixed a backpack to them, bulging out from slinky straps of lace in hot, burnt shades. Next came suede panels of patchwork for the resurgence of boho waistcoats and shift dresses, cool breezy shirt dresses followed with macs up next.
As always, Ferretti is a fan of a draped gown and something fit for the red carpet – here the options were wisps of torn chiffon or those with interlaced necklines or heavily embroidered all over in tactile stitching of leaves and butterfly wings.
It was the delicate lace dresses teamed with a utilitarian backpack that proved to catch our eye most, an unexpected little twist in this tale from Ferretti.
Dreaming of adventures that flit across time zones in pursuit of the world’s untouched beaches? Instead of snapping a golden sunset to capture that feeling, try wearing the richness of its flame-licked yellow-to-orange palette. The sun-drenched shades of the new dresses make perfect packing solutions for the first escape of summer.
No matter how many we encounter, there is just something about a sunset that ignites the imagination. Perhaps it’s the pure romance, or the memories of salty, sunkissed holiday skin, or simply the magic of that moment when dusk turns to night. It got designers thinking, too; from yellow to fiery orange and cinnamon, there isn’t one colour this spring but an ombré of glowing sunset hues.