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Milan Fashion Week

Alberta Ferretti AW18

Alberta Ferretti AW18 Getty

Loved for her exquisite eveningwear and unparalleled treatment of chiffon and tulle, for the season ahead, Alberta Ferretti upped the edge to her woman, divulging a collection that was packed with "personality," as the designer described it. Supporting the emerging trend that '80s power dressing is back in a big way, this was less literal boardroom style and more allegorical. Unravelling the complexities of the Working Girl era by way of current times and sartorial needs, Ferretti played to her team in commanding silhouettes and blown-out proportions, armouring-up a new generation.

Always with a stellar line-up walking her runways, Kaia Gerber book-ended the presentation, opening in a studded super-stiff denim, belted jumpsuit and culminating in a black and gold feather jacket atop a black trouser suit. But, the denim story didn’t begin and end with Gerber, there was stone-wash denim, popped-collar jackets, paper-bag waist jeans – new moves in the fabric for the designer in her appeal to the Instagram-era Ferretti women. For outerwear, trenches had rounded shoulders, as if the pads had been pulled out, belting was key to cinch-in the silhouettes for added presence, and an oversized leather bomber was paired with a tee and gold lamé pants.

Clothes as protection is a strong statement playing out across the runways right now, and for evening, Ferretti, in her stride, sent her goddesses into battle in gilded gowns, glittering cocktail dresses and statement separates, signaling that there have never been more enlightened and empowered times both on and off the runways.

Shop: Alberta Ferretti