Consider Spring 2013 Alberta Ferretti's mermaid moment. In everything from her color palette to her embellishments to the staging of her show in Milan Wednesday afternoon, Ferretti brought beauty from the ocean onto the catwalk.
A screen played images of rising bubbles, which provided a watery backdrop for the pearly white ensembles that opened the show. Some of these included a silvery beaded fringe that Ferretti obscured with a layer of sheer organza. Some lace pieces got the same overlay or organza, and the two materials combined in a variety of other pieces in the collection.
Still, where this offering shines is its highly detailed evening wear. One cocktail frock is covered shoulder to hem with beads, sequins, and paillettes that from far away resembled a very glamorous fish, while other dresses featured big swatches of sequined fisherman's netting. The models who wore those dresses looked like captured mermaids being brought to the surface.