Alberta Ferretti chose an unconventional runway venue with The Plaza’s Oak Room. The move was intentional as the ornate space has the feel of a grand old gentleman’s club, which worked well with the strong men’s wear current in the striking lineup. Ferretti, who is known for her ultra-feminine designs, used fabrics usually reserved for ties, patching them together and mixing in shirting elements to enhance her theme. But there was nothing masculine about these silhouettes. Most were form-fitting dresses and skirts teamed with bra tops — think Sicilian bombshell. She underscored the sentiment with a striped, cut-to-the-body dress softened with floral embroidery running across its front, and a mannish, unbuttoned shirt worn over a bra and tucked into a metallic floral-print pencil skirt. The only thing missing was a cigar.

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