Alberta Ferretti autumn/winter 2011 at Milan Fashion Week

In London last week lots of designers took a new direction with their collection; Julien Macdonald sent McQueen inspired dresses down the runway, Mary Katrantzou changed her focus from digital prints to historical prints, such as the Fabergé eggs, and Richard Nicoll went down a more muted soft tailoring route; and for autumn/winter 2011/12 in Milan Alberta Ferretti followed suit.

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For the start of the show the designer left her signature style dresses for a nod to the 1960s. Models adorned Twiggy-esque style eyelashes and hairstyles, and strutted down the catwalk in a mixture of teal, pink, purple and red creations that consisted of velvet knee-high boots, shift dresses, oversized pea coats, macs, and trouser pant suits. Embellishment was key with sequins swirling over silk and velvet fabrics, with evening shift dresses in burnt oranges which would have put Austin Powers sidekicks to shame.

For evening wear Ferretti harked back to her roots and lead an array silk column dresses, some with an asymmetric slant, and others with a take on 60s couture, with pusy-bow ties at the neck once again and floral application over chiffon.

My favourite piece? A black chiffon gown with high neck ruffling and two large beaded flowers across the sides. Fabulous and fun, this collection was a clear nod to the new trends that are emerging throughout this Fashion Month, and for next season.

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