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?