Ferretti spices up old favorites in new collection

DANIELA PETROFF AP Fashion Writer Published:

MILAN (AP) -- The look was feminine chic, starting with the models, who with their pulled back hair looked like a parade of Audrey Hepburn clones. The runway sound track from "Breakfast at Tiffany's" left no room for doubt.

The fall-winter 2012-2013 collection presented by designer Alberta Ferretti on Wednesday afternoon in Milan was a closet full of 1960s favorites, from the little cocktail dress to the belted-coat dress to the first pant suits with tapered jacket and wide pants.

To go with her classic styles, Ferretti brought back the pump with its discreet front, but a slightly higher heel. The clutch briefcase so popular in the 1960s (think the TV series "Mad Men") replaces contemporary shoppers.

Just like Gucci earlier in the day, Ferretti prefers her ladies in black. But remembering that basic black in the 1960s was only for the pearl look, she also uses bright red and purple for both day and night.

But if the look is prim and proper by day, by night it is all about contemporary glam. The styles remain classic sheaths and gowns, but the outfits are fashioned out of sheer chiffon with enticing slits, ruffles and strategically placed embroidery.