Escapism - a longing for the elsewhere - is a human urge that these times have made even stronger. Alberta Ferretti has always been at once lighthearted and straightforward, and decidedly feminine in her approach. In this collection she interprets the escape from the everyday in a pragmatic way, turning it into a state of mind: a freewheeling way of mixing pieces of a wardrobe that flows seamlessly from city to holiday. Escapism, therefore, as a mental detour, wherever one is. The sun is a burning presence to be felt on everything, desaturating colors and fading surfaces, giving garments a lively and lived-in feel.
The dichotomy between city and open air, between otium and negotium, translates into a mix of utilitarian, urban safari notes and broderie anglaise, python effects and flashes of sequins, robust materials and featherweight fabrics, in a palette that amalgamates organic hues of ochre, burnt sienna and sage green with flashes of orange. Field jackets, capes, trench coats, blousons, and wide trousers with a front knot are worn with linen shirts and vanisé sweaters, as thick as they are light, with ajour motifs. Lace collars delicately accentuate the shoulders; unexpected rear openings dematerialize the strictness of the masculine blazer. Jumpsuits are fluid, or are cut in sangallo lace.
Texture is the protagonist: impalpable, in the viscose-linen of soft tailoring; sturdy, in the drills and canvases of outerwear, with stone washed effects; airy, in the light linens, decorated with cords, of the shirt dresses. Python motifs expand in the form of prints on calfskin trousers and blousons, or on cargo pants and denim bomber jackets with a faded transfer effect, and then continue on boots and platform sandals. Crafty juxtapositions of materials characterize the bucket and shoulder bags in woven rope with leather details. Eveningwear, by contrast, is ethereal yet sensual: pleated georgette in peach, cherry, nude or mint green is draped around the body, defining a delicate and self-possessed femininity.