Wednesday, August 17, 2005


If you're an Alberta Ferreti fan or a follower of Philosophy (her diffusion line), get ready your lassos because we're heading to the west.

The collection was obviously inspired by the western buckeroos, with a mix of buckles, boots and tassels. Kneelength skirts with tassels and beautiful cowboy patterns offers a more flattering alternative to those voluminous tulip skirts everyone's been talking about. Some of the pieces from her Alberta Ferreti collection were reflected here, but given a more western twist and made for more casual occassions. The empire line cocktail dress for example, was given a light western twist and a lighter coloured fabric was used. Her traditional big button dolly trench was also present but the belt had that extra cowboy buckle detail.

I loved the cowboy shirts in the collection, especially the white one on the left with the feminine satin material and the handsome looking metal studs. Pair it with a cowboy buckle belt and a pair of jeans and you're ready to go. Other shirts were embellished with diamantes and ruffles.

The jackets too were not too bad, with fur collars and trimmings. Some were given the western flair such as this fur collar vest. Others in the meantime, had a vintage appeal and continued with the dolly cropped look Ferreti had adopted, like this checked piece and another cropped suede one.

The dresses were all tailored to suit the young Philosophy girl. They too were not spared from the western treatment, such as this tasseled black dress and its slinkier sister. Others such as this simple black dress and this poufy prom-like dress were given star brooches instead. A sheriff's badge maybe?

The tasseled bags, suede boots and cowboy buckles completed the look. For the finer details, there were a little crotchet piece and a lace trimmed corset dress.

Surprisingly, not a single gingham print was to be seen. Instead, there were elaborate prints(right) on shirts and skirts. Even an occassional flower print, but nope, no gingham.

Brooches adorned simple outfits while handsome cowboy hats reminded me so much of those costumes in Cold Mountain. So for those who want inspiration for Fall, check out the cowgirls at Philosphy.