At best, the Ferretti show in Milan today was beribboned and romantic. At worst, it was somber, bedraggled and a little old.

Alberta Ferretti's Bad Romance

Though the color of this dress is neutral, the ribbon detailing takes it from basic to exquisite.

Alberta Ferretti's Bad Romance

It's kind of astounding, isn't it? And yet I'm tempted to try it at home on a T-shirt.

Alberta Ferretti's Bad Romance

I'm personally not a fan of illusion dresses, but there is a throwback romanticism here.

Alberta Ferretti's Bad Romance

A dreamy slip of a gown that comes with an embrace of jewels.

Alberta Ferretti's Bad Romance

Basic black gets edgy with intricate seams and a jewel-encrusted sleeve.

Alberta Ferretti's Bad Romance

Old Hollywood glamor, for the red carpet or the boudoir.

Alberta Ferretti's Bad Romance

More of the ribbon detailing — so sophisticated, in black.

Alberta Ferretti's Bad Romance

Birth of venus! Light, airy, seafoam. The dress almost seems to be hanging from the jeweled shoulder medallions.

Alberta Ferretti's Bad Romance

Shimmy, shimmy, shimmy. Shake, shake, shake.

Alberta Ferretti's Bad Romance

Have you been noticing the shoes? I don't love the heel shape, but the champagne color and loopy design are winning me over.

Alberta Ferretti's Bad Romance

Soon to be seen on a red carpet, hopefully with different shoes. And on someone who doesn't mind that the seams and vertical lines will probably make one look wider.

Alberta Ferretti's Bad Romance

The Creature From The Brown Lagoon.

Alberta Ferretti's Bad Romance

A dress in heavy fabric with a fur collar doesn't seem particularly… Youthful.

Alberta Ferretti's Bad Romance

Surely someone could pull off this paramecium dress, but I can't think of whom.

Alberta Ferretti's Bad Romance

A diaphanous ode to Mariano Fortuny.

Alberta Ferretti's Bad Romance

Unbelievably delicate! Almost like a vintage piece.

Alberta Ferretti's Bad Romance

Black on black with fur trim: Nothing you haven't seen before.

Alberta Ferretti's Bad Romance

Oh, this coat I like, especially with the turquoise booties.

Alberta Ferretti's Bad Romance

There are some glimpses of good stuff here…

Alberta Ferretti's Bad Romance

…But in general, this show is a little… down. No?

Alberta Ferretti's Bad Romance

Even with the sparkle and shine, this doesn't generate much excitement.

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