Paradise lost. This could be the starting point for the inspiration behind the Alberta Ferretti Limited Edition collection for 2018, to be presented in Paris during Couture Week by appointment, and the images produced to illustrate it — with nature almost overtaking the aristocratic palazzo where such designs could be at home. In a nod to the location, tunics and gowns have a motif that looks like a wrought iron gate. The designer's precious chiffon designs are enriched with beautiful Liberty-style ramage embroideries, but they also have a playful vibe, such as in the short pink dress with micro pleats and flounces. Ferretti works masterfully with pleats and, in one long black and sleeveless gown, they are so intricately laid out that the effect is almost hypnotic.Easily mixed and matched, some of the pieces can be combined for different occasions. Case in point, a sequined top that reproduces a motif reminiscent of a Fair Isle sweater in shades of powder pink and red can be worn with shantung cigarette pants or denim jeans, as well as over a chiffon skirt for an evening event. Short marabou feather bombers lined in organza also add a youthful vibe, as does an aviator jacket in silk velvet, lined in velvet with a gray marabou collar.Ferretti shows a touch of irreverence by fully embroidering a fluid and deconstructed pantsuit.The dresses are the first step for made-to-measure designs. Ferretti introduced her demi-couture line of feminine and highly crafted gowns in 2011 with a special event in Florence during Pitti Uomo. The designer has since opted for itinerant presentations. After Milan in 2012, Los Angeles in 2013, Paris in 2014 and New York in 2015, Ferretti filmed a video in Venice in 2016, presented at special events in cities such as Moscow, until she chose to hold a show in July in Paris during haute couture week last year. In January last year, she chose to show her pre-fall and Limited collections at her Milan headquarters the evening before Men’s Fashion Week kicked off.
In honor of Rihanna’s 30th birthday, we took a look back at an interview with the Barbados-native when she was just 18 years old. Here, she talked about her second album, “A Girl Like Me” in 2006. “I want to be me. I want people to fall in love with who Rihanna is, and that’s why I want the album to be about me so people can really find out who this girl Rihanna is, because they only know the ‘Pon de Replay’ girl.” Fast forward 12 years, and she’s released six more albums and has become a powerhouse in both the fashion and music industries. Happy birthday, @badgalriri 🎈(📷: Pavel Antonov) #wwdarchive
For @simonerocha_‘s fall show, hairstylist @jamespecis created a look inspired by the painter John Constable. Models’ hair was pulled back, tied into knots and topped off with a bow. (📷: @kukukuba) #wwdbeauty #lfw
Queen Elizabeth made a surprise appearance at @richardquinn1's London Fashion Week show to present the designer with the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design. The new award will be handed out annually to an emerging British fashion designer who shows exceptional talent, while demonstrating value to the community and sustainable policies. #wwdfashion #lfw (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)