Alberta Ferretti AW21 is keeping it real for fall

 The collection tapped into the same sense of realness. “I’m a woman designing for women,” she said. “How could I not take their needs into consideration? That said, being realistic doesn’t mean tuning into banality mode.”

Ferretti focused on daywear, revisiting classic tropes and adding “something extra to make them special,” as she put it. Working in a dark palette (black, charcoal, and anthracite, with occasional flashes of olive green, robin’s-egg blue, and mustard), she strengthened the silhouettes of slender city coats by sharpening the shoulders, then added ruffles at the back for a surprise. Wrapped shearling coats looked comforting, as the present situation requires; blanket capes were hand-stitched at the hem, hinting at the artisanal. Pants were proposed in many soft-tailored iterations, sometimes worn smartly under slim pleated skirts.