Alberta Ferretti unveiled her spectacular new Paris showroom Tuesday night — and along with it her limited-edition spring 2016 evening collection directly inspired by its ornate moldings, romantic frescoes and dramatic chandeliers.
“The collection is dedicated to this space,” the Italian designer said of the town house, which was built in 1860 and restored by Aeffe SpA, which will also house its Moschino and Philosophy lines. “It’s important to have a very special place to present the collection, in the spirit of Ferretti.” Located at 43 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, the showroom is next door to the recently relocated Alberta Ferretti boutique.
Accompanied by a live pianist, models wandered through the elaborate salons and garden, a setting apropos of the collection, which is priced about 25 to 30 percent more than the signature line and designed for grand events.
Long ball gowns and coats were richly decorated with floral garland paintings or embroideries to mirror the 19th-century gilded wood panels of the rooms. Others conveyed a Renaissance romanticism, as in delicate flowing chiffon gowns with lace embellishment or diagonal pleated frills in shades of beige, icy gray or cornflower blue. The finale of white dresses with dense tulle frills dusted with crystals were perfectly appropriate for a bride.