Milan Fashion Week: Alberta Ferretti Fall/Winter 2021

Lindsay Judge   |   25-02-2021

Rich autumnal colours and warming textures that embrace the body were the basis of Alberta Ferretti’s Fall/Winter 2021 collection which debuted at this season’s digital edition of Milan Fashion Week.


Classic shapes in unexpected volumes suggest unexpected ways to wear staple garments. Reflecting the times that we’re in this collection is both surprising yet comforting.



Enveloping shapes that embrace the body in the warmth of fuzzy, protective textures; flowing in curves. Even carrying a bag means hugging it. A true representation of what we are all craving today.



A new minimalism arises, grounded on platform boots with chunky glam heels; then, suddenly, the daring to sparkle explodes, without hesitation, into dreamy, nightly escapism.


Coats edged in blanket stitching are cut wide like ponchos, or fluid-like dressing gowns, and can be worn alone, or under sturdy trench coats. Ruffle necklines, turtlenecks, ribbed sweater are cosy and warming, while long pleated skirts open over soft trousers.



There is a sense of modesty to these looks. A pleasure in covering up, from the neck down to the ankles. Overalls alternate raw-cut dresses, blousons and high-waisted slacks with shearling coats, denim suits with tuxedos.


Boots, wide-brimmed hats, and soft bags complete the strong silhouette.



Colours and materials underline this fluid movement. Black, dense and severe, and gunmetal grey dissolve into earthy tones of ochre, brown, beige, in touches of petrol green and olive, and then get back to the nocturnal sparkle of non-colour, illuminated by sequins, lit by gold.  As the flow progresses, fabrics pass from dense felts, flannels and shearling wools, to leathers and suede, finally opening up to the softness of silk and transparencies.



The result is a harmony of contrasts, a balance of decisive or reassuring gestures.