For her first runway season as creative director of Alberta Ferretti’s younger Philosophy line (formerly known as Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti), Natalie Ratabesi infused a more artful romance that was full of femininity and charm.

Ratabesi, a Central Saint Martins alumna, explained her inspiration backstage before the show: “I thought about the Fifties, and a beautiful woman walking and down Avenue Montaigne.” Along with some great chunky knit pieces, there were also some lovely exits, like a blouse with languid sleeves that was Victorian in nature and teamed with an elegant, ikat-printed pencil skirt, and a sleeveless black peplum top with illusion embellishment and slim black pants. The look was less Italian in spirit than previous seasons (no Sicilian bombshells here) but nicely pushed Philosophy in a new direction without turning away from the brand’s youthful DNA.

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