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Alberta Ferretti Womenswear S/S11

Linen pieces and prints inspired by flowers were the foundation for Ferretti's romantic Spring Summer silhouttes

Romance is the first word that springs to mind when thinking about the collections of Alberta Feretti, and the designer’s latest offering is no exception. For spring/summer 11, the Italian designer might have looked to misty gardens to find inspiration for her prints, but while sketching the silhouette, she thought mainly about herself. “I’m a woman, so when I design I always catch myself wondering: what will I want to wear myself?” – she explained to Dazed after the show. In this case, the answer came in the form of delicate linen suits and semi-sheer chiffon dresses, with focus on feminine details such as billowy sleeves, dropped waists and nature-derived prints.

Dazed Digital: There’s a strong element of fantasy to the collection. Did you look at any specific artists while designing?

Alberta Feretti: The collection is a continuation of what I always do. There’s no specific inspiration. I try to design for myself and for the women around me. The prints were inspired by flowers. I tried to envision this beautiful, fluid silhouette that belongs in a magical garden somewhere.

DD: A woman who is a fairy perhaps?

Alberta Feretti: Well, aren’t we all witches and fairies?

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