Florals for Spring might not be groundbreaking, but in the hands of a master, they can still take your breath away. Alberta Ferretti's Spring 2014 collection proved that with an array of a variety of flowery applications: embroidered onto sheer sleeveless tops, printed onto floaty, flirty skirts, and worked into the delicate lace that made up a number of truly beautiful pieces.
Safe Haven, starring Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough, hit the big screen on Feb. 14, but we've been following Julianne's promotional tour since the beginning. From LA to Toronto and beyond, the actress has been showing off the most a range of red-carpet wear, keeping it interesting by mixing it up with cocktail dresses, gowns, and separates. Most recently, Julianne showed off a beautiful lace fit-and-flare Zuhair Murad dress with black embellishments at the Berlin premiere, then chose a Houghton floral peplum gown for the Dublin premiere. Step inside for a closer look at all of the actress's looks thus far.
— Additional reporting by Mandi Villa
Don't be fooled by the first few looks from Alberta Ferretti's Fall 2013 collection. Her show in Milan on Wednesday may have started off with a series of looks in black and white, but they were anything but basic. She used a subtler hand with the embroidery and embellishments she usually employs, making this collection a little softer than her past few offerings. Still, the classic Ferretti details were all there: a black skirt was decorated with lace and sparkly black beads, while embroidered flowers snaked up the front of more than one coat in a blue check. There was romance here, but in a way that felt controlled, demure, and even a little fragile.
A striking palette, delivered with Alberta Ferretti's feminine touch, makes for a Fall 2013 collection that's both a little punchy, and at its core, absolutely lovely. Ferretti's signature handiwork is all at play here — the intricacies that make her gowns truly about the details — like the sheer, embellished bodices, beaded waists and necklines, and ruffled hemlines. There are a few sharper looks in the mix — black-and-white paneled gowns that feel more modern than the rest — ones we hope to see on the likes of British beauty Michelle Dockery; but mostly the lineup hints more at vintage-feeling glamour, with evening gowns better-suited for her Downton Abbey alter ego.
It may have been a snowy Friday evening in NYC, but that didn't put a damper on either Teresa Palmer's or Analeigh Tipton's outfit choices. In fact, the Warm Bodies starlets both donned sweet Springlike silhouettes for the film's screening, invoking a lighter, easier brand of styling. In effect, the ladies squared off in a sartorial battle of "who wore it best" last night, and we're letting you call the shots. But before you declare a winner, take a closer look at each chic contender's ensemble. Teresa paired a white Vera Wang embroidered crop top with a voluminous Vera Wang skirt, then finished it off with metallic Christian Louboutin sandals. Analeigh stepped out in an Alberta Ferretti sheer gray schoolgirl dress that got its charm via a seriously sparkly collar. Her black patent leather pumps completed the look. From our vantage point, we see two actresses that supplied outfit intrigue courtesy of key embellishment details, and still (expertly) managed to keep their respective looks fresh, youthful, and sleek. The question now is: who gets your best-dressed vote?
While some celebs ushered in award season at the Critics' Choice Awards, a smaller crowd got a head start on Fashion Week with Vogue's private dinner and a first look at Alberta Ferretti's limited-edition collection. As you'd expect from an event where Vogue was playing host, the LA presentation was decked out with roses — not to mention, a red carpet on the catwalk — while both Hollywood favorites and fashion insiders took the front row. We spotted Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, and Alison Brie all looking lovely in their respective Ferretti confections while sharing a laugh before the show. Meanwhile, funny lady Chelsea Handler glammed up in a sharp suit and posed alongside a gorgeous (and supersmiley!) Selena Gomez. For all the action from the runway and a look at what everyone was wearing, keep clicking for a little behind-the-scenes sneak peek.
Alberta Ferretti has tapped British designer Natalie Ratabesi as the new creative director for her secondary line Philosophy.
"I felt that the time had come to give Philosophy a more independent and autonomous vision, allowing me to dedicate myself entirely to the Alberta Ferretti collection and other related projects," Ferretti said in a statement.
After Ratabesi graduated from Central Saint Martins, she worked for Christian Dior, Valentino, Oscar de la Renta, and Gucci, and was the senior creative director at Ralph Lauren. She says she wants to "project Philosophy’s unique, timeless style and effortless femininity, which have always distinguished the brand, into the future."
Photo courtesy of Alberta Ferretti.
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.
At Alberta Ferretti, soft, ocean-inspired tones and ethereal, Chantilly-lace-infused creations conjured up images of mermaids (we'd want to dress like) and seaside nymphs. Strategic netting clung to pale-hued evening gowns, sheer overlays adorned peekaboo lace shifts, and diamante embellishments created a pretty, water-droplet effect. The aquatic theme kept on, visible in the sea-anemone-like fringe, coral-reef texture, and shell-inspired piping. It felt like we were witnessing an adult version of The Little Mermaid come to life, and this smattering of dresses, cropped trousers, blazers, and pencil skirts offered up proof of its chic re-imagining. As each look floated down the runway — as if the models were attached to invisible moorings — there was no question that next Spring, according to Alberta Ferretti, will be a beautiful one.
- Trends: Iridescence, the bias cut, lace, and sheer detailing.
- Colors: A sea-aquatic palette in every sense — think shades of green and blue, mixed with the palest nudes and pinks.
- Key Piece: The formfitting Chantilly-lace evening gowns that literally look as if they could be a mossy second skin.
- Accessories: Satin pointy-toe pumps, beaded drawstring purses, and aviators-meet-goggles sunglasses.
- Who Should Wear It: We hope Selena Gomez picks one of these jaw-dropping numbers for her next premiere — she would play to the design's otherworldly prettiness.
Alberta Ferretti fused '70s style with modern tailoring and romantic details for Resort 2013. Tie-dye prints abounded on everything from short suits to cigarette pants and knee-length jackets, while floor-sweeping gowns were spun out of lace and vibrantly colored crochet knits. Other pieces, like an elegant blush-colored gown and a sheer sleeveless shirt, were decorated with Murano glass beads.