When the trend of mermaids and sirens emerged from last spring’s trends like Venus from the clam shell, it was most prominent in sequins and metallics and Givenchy’s shark teeth pendants. For spring / summer 2013 that mermaid beauty isn’t done with her time in the spotlight, reineventung herself yet again into a creature less evolved from the shimmery fishes and more at one with the water, the sea grasses, the still marine life.
Alberta Ferretti gave that girl from the sea a stage. Her Milan fashion week (MFW) show ambiently started with a projected backdrop of effervescent bubbles, before the dramatic strings of Abel Korzeniowski’s score for A Single Man breathed the procession to life. Ferretti’s colour palette was less about the vibrant side of the sea and more reflective of the muted, hazy pools of ocean; the dapples of light that dance there like dreams. Her feminine hallmarks were all accounted for, lace and silk and liquid silhouettes made to move like the sea itself. A soft sea-green dress worn by Bette Frank had coral-like clusters dangling from the straps; caped backs on dresses billowed behind and lace gowns were cut to subtle fishtail shapes.
The briny depths may have been plundered for inspiration plenty in recent memory, but with their just-emerged wet look hair, shimmering makeup, and divinely detailed gowns, Ferretti’s models gave the mermaid look new life. She’s not done with the oceanic muse just yet.
You can see all of the Alberta Ferretti spring / summer 2013 runway collection by clicking on a thumbnail on the left. From there you can browse through each of the pictures from the fashion show.
Photography by Imaxtree