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Collections — Woman / Couture

Fall / Winter — 1988

Press Release

“I’m fascinated by 19th-century romanticism, so sensual and mysterious,” says Gianfranco Ferré. “The exotic wealth of the paisley shawl, the delicacy of a rose in full bloom turning into a shower of petals…

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Through secret affinities and apparent contrasts, opposites intersect: the organza has a mother-of-pearl glint thanks to a special printing technique, the paisley shawl welcomes the presence of a rose in wine red velvet… Here and there roses change into petals, then reblossom on the evening dress… Lovely dried rose and powder nuances… An intangible lightness, as in the multilayer tulle ballgown skirts with minute fray fringe. Silver fox with all the airiness of a marabou scarf, set on the coat magnificently tailored…

As if out of some Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot painting, clothes envelop the figure with exquisite naturalness: the round cape becomes a dress, the shawl becomes a blouse, a soft thick shawl ties onto the waist and becomes a coat, all according to Baudelaire’s idea of infallibly rigorous harmony… Lusciously soft chinchilla. Smooth silk chenille with satin doubling. Rich gray cashmere flannel. Pure ease in a suit with cinch waist and soft box pleats. The chic nonchalance of turned up sleeves. A flash of gold in the staple seams on jackets. The warm splendor of wine in the garnet embroideries on low-cut slip tops. The intensity of topaz and tortoiseshell, dark hues all the way to ebony.