May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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THE LADY AND THE INGÉNUE
New York: Although Alberta Ferretti’s Pre-Fall collection included all the luxurious details and elegance expected from the Philosophy label, the presentation never settled on a target customer, swinging between mature overcoats and restrained skirts suits and more youthful counterparts, metallic silk cocktail dresses and babydoll silhouettes. This lack of cohesion detracted from all the sumptuous textures and high-end embellishment; crocodile embossed leathers, beaded floral appliqué, featherweight metallic chiffon. Broken apart, the collection held some standalone gems; a pleated, silver skirt printed with flowers, an embossed emerald knit dress, but as a whole Philosophy’s Pre-Fall message was unclear.—Nina Stotler
Silhouette: A-line / Hourglass / Slim
Color: Chocolate / Black / White / Camel / Turquoise / Olive green / Lemon / Chartreuse / Dove grey / Gold / Cherry red / Silver / Bronze / Emerald
Key Items: Printed silk sheath dresses / Knit dresses / Paneled overcoats / Crocodile embossed skinny trousers / Gathered jersey dresses / Full trousers / Boxy jackets Skirt suits / Gold lamé blouses / Trapeze coats
Materials: Jacquard / Pony hair / Chiffon / Silk / Lamé / Embossed leather / Angora knits / Fur / Jersey knits
Print + Pattern: Graphic animal prints / Painted florals
Details + Trim: Floral appliqué / Embroidery / Fringe / Ribbed panels / Contrast piping / Draping and gathering / Asymmetry / Sequins / Pleats
Accessories + Footwear: High heeled mary-janes / Slim shoulder bags / Fur hobo bags / Miniature evening bags / Skinny leather belts / Embossed leather tote bags / Bow belts
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