Fashion focus: all about Alberta Ferretti

June 1, 2010 by  
Filed under Fashion, Milan



This Italian fashion designer started working with fabrics at the age of 12. When she was 31 she presented her collection for the first time during Milan Fashion Week.

Learn more about Alberta Ferretti…

Name of the brand:  Alberta Ferretti
Name(s ) of the designer(s): Alberta Ferretti
About the designers: Alberta Ferretti is an Italian fashion designer. She designs for Alberta Ferretti and another label, called Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti (for younger women and less expensive). Before she had her own fashion label, she had her own boutique in Cattolica, Italy. She designed her first collection in 1973 and started showing her clothes on the runway of Milan in 1981. Besides her two clothing lines Ferretti also heads a manufacturing company that makes and distributes the lines of designers Narciso Rodriguez and Jean Paul Gaultier, among others.
Start of the brand: 1980
First collection: 1981
The Ferretti woman: is a curious woman with charm and is part of the cocktail crowd. She never misses a good party and loves to show of her legs in a skirt or dress (at knee-length)
Pilotto women: Eva Mendes, Kristen Bell, Hayden Panettiere, Claudia Schiffer, Drew Barrymore and Meryl Streep
The clothes are: very feminine and made out of delicate fabrics. The Alberta Ferretti dress is often slim and has folded pleats, separated by rows of tucking.
Type of clothes: little elegant dresses are Ferretti’s trademark.
Signature: Alberta Ferretti’s designs often are twisted, tucked and draped. The clothes are also regularly layered. Many of the dresses are cut high in the front and draped low in the back. Alberta Ferretti takes inspiration from many cultures, not just the Italian one.
Remarkable: Alberta Ferretti would never wear a pair of jeans. She says jeans don’t look good on her body, are not flattering and not comfortable.
Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti was first called Ferretti Jeans Philosophy for five years.
Ferretti once said: ‘I work all day. I’m a real woman. I cater for different needs. I’m not tall and I’m a bit, shall we say, rounded. I understand such problems and always design clothes that I myself would like to wear.’
Awards: Alberta Ferretti was named best female entrepreneur in the state of Emilia Romagna, Italy, 1991.

(the pictures you see are of SS2010/2011 and F/W 2010/2011)

Fashion Focus: all about Thakoon

This week we chose designer Thakoon for our fashion focus. The reason for that? Up until now we didn’t know a lot about him, besides the fact that Anna Wintour said she loved his designs in The September Issue. But why did she like Thakoon so much? Why are his designs so special?

Name of the brand: Thakoon

Name(s ) of the designer(s): Thakoon Panichgul

About the designer(s):
Thakoon Panichgul was born in 1974 in Thailand, but now lives in America. He moved to the United States when he was 11 years old.

Start of the brand: 2004. Thakoon had been working as a fashion editor at Harper’s Bazar before.

First collection: a ten pieces collection in 2005

Thakoon is based in New York and sold in 34 countries

The Thakoon woman: has an inner sensuality. She is nonchalant and casual, but still very sensual.

Thakoon women: Rachel Bilson, Demi Moore, Michelle Obama and Sarah Jessica Parker. (Michelle Obama was recently seen in two different dresses from Thakoon’s spring/summer collection on 5 and 11 May 2010.)

The clothes are: easy and sophisticated. For Thakoon the most important thing is the clothes are wearable. Thakoon also has a thing for prints, he works together with different artists to create the most lovely prints. He likes to use colors in his collections too.

Type of clothes: mostly dresses made out of classic materials like lace and chiffon, but used in a modern way.

Signature: combining punk and chic

Collaborations: Thakoon for Nine West (accessories)(2006), Thakoon for Gap (2007), Thakoon for Hogan (2008), Thakoon for Target (2008). Thakoon even designed a few menswear cardigans for Aloha Rag (2010).


  • For me it’s about creating silhouettes that sort of have built-in gesture.’
  • ‘I would love to dress Coco Chanel, she embodies al those things I love so much. She has a chicness and a rebelliousness around her.’
  • ‘My clothes represent a combination of punk and refinement’

What to expect: Thakoon’s fan base will keep on augmenting and we’re sure there are some interesting collaborations ahead of us.

Above you can see several of Thakoon’s designs from four of his latest collections.