Gianfranco Ferre’ – Women’s Fashion Winter 2007
Gianfranco Ferre’ is another one of Raffaella’s favorite designers. This means that I have observed, over the years, the transition and progression in a very personal way. The designers seem to have their own view of what a woman is and when, in her life, she is most beautiful. I have always considered Ferre’ creations to be for the 30+ very youthful woman. Sometimes with an aggressive touch but usually professional and feminine.
Fabrics are the co-Stars of this collection. Beautiful, luxurious, soft, and layered they accentuate femininity. Some lines are strictly white and black. Others lines contain deep and penetrating color that throws off a brilliance as the light moves across the cloth. Crumbled lace and silk against the skin are combined with double-breasted jackets made of deep velvets and fur.
This year the Ferre’ collection is intriguing. Most designers are retro, bringing in designs and colors from the 1960s to 1980s. Ferre’ went a little farther back, lines and colors from the Bell’epoca of the 1700s. While they would not be appropriate at the court of King Luigi in France, there is a distinct influence of the Noble Donna of the king’s court. This year’s designs also include a 20+ line. While I do not think this was his intention I see it as a Classy Gothic. He adorns a confident and successful woman with a mysterious, slightly dark side. Who knows if this hidden personality, only peaking out at the most discerning eye, is passive or dominant?
The ambiguity does not end with 1700s gothic undertones. The overcoats and jackets generate images of a woman comfortable in the untamed western frontier of the 1800s. This woman could keep Grizzly Adams or Wyatt Earp in line with just a glance. Powerful yet soft and sensual, this lady is truly a woman.
It would be remiss to not mention the formal wear of the line. I find the entire line exciting but the formal wear seems to bring all the pieces together. The Gothic undertones are combined with the luxurious fabrics and deep colors. It may be difficult to find an appropriate outing for these works of art but they are truly unique, a combination of soft and subtle while hinting of mystery and strength.
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