FLORENCE--No, Emma Watson didn't walk down the runway during new partner Alberta Ferretti's show last night. Instead, the Pitti guest of honor invited starlets like Camilla Belle, Georgie Henley and seasoned actresses including Marisa Berenson to model her beyond-red-carpet-worthy wear, with Italian singer Elisa performing an acoustic set. And the blogger? It turned out to be Italy's Chiara Ferragni, also known as The Blonde Salad.
For those expecting something other than embellished dresses and ornate overcoats, there was sure to be disappointment. But who really wants newness from Ferretti? Not us. Her long lame bubble skirts, dresses trimmed in fur at the wrists and the hemline, and a felted wool princess coat with fur pleats were particularly fetching. As for the "real women" walking the runway? Belle looked stiff, Berenson emanated ease, and British socialite Poppy Delevigne appeared downright etheral. (Well, she did close the show--in a wedding dress, nonetheless.)
We could have done without a flowing teal dress, which was a mix of velvet and lace. But all in all, it was a collection for Ferretti's most devoted client--as well as those who may prefer to look, but not touch.