All you need is peace, love and an ethereal goddess dress — or jumper. That seemed to be Alberta Ferretti’s free-spirited spring philosophy, and not an elusive one. Ferretti turned out a pretty, if repetitive, string of blush beauties of the flower-child variety, opening the show with one gauzy nude style after another — maxidress, jumpsuit, pajama set, crop top over low-rider floral guipure pants.
Right at home in Bohemia, Ferretti’s various propositions on the sheer Greco-Roman goddess dress — some decked with floral garlands and open apron backs — struck a tension of naïve allure. The collection had a retro, Sixties-Seventies cast that got increasingly liberal as Ferretti explored washed-out hip-hugger jeans and a jean skirt (improbable designer denim twice in one day!) that fell into floral denim appliquéd onto tulle. Then there was the suede fringe on a shift and matching vest, trimming a rosy gown and on a series of brown vests thrown over white hippie gowns. The look could easily date back to the Summer of Love. Or throw a flower crown on it and send it to Palm Springs for Coachella.