It looks like the Italian designers are in a dark place right now - Gucci and Alberta Ferretti both presented fall collections marked by a dusky elegance. At Ferretti, the palette was broken up by electric violet, sapphire and ruby, but the predominantly black fabrics - ranging from leather to chiffon - gave the collection a harder edge than Ferretti's traditionally uber feminine collections.
And that's a good thing, as far as I'm concerned.
Sometimes Ferretti's shows feel a little too predictable, filled with sparkly red carpet-friendly frocks that fall right into her star-studded fan base's comfort zone. But this season she challenged them with body skimming leather dresses complete with curve enhancing panel details. Her tailored pieces - suits and outerwear in wool or leather - were impeccable, the furs and knits beautiful, and the evening wear had a daring sensuality. Overall, it was gorgeous, and there's still plenty for those starlets to love. See the complete collection here and watch video of the runway show here.