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Widely renowned for her light, heavenly evening gowns, Alberta Ferretti showed us a rare darker side at the presentation of her Autumn / Winter 2012 ready-to-wear collection in Milan. Gone were the sweet, girlie gowns and in their place were some ultra modern, moody dresses that stuck to a strong, sleek silhouette.

Aimed squarely at the modern woman who is "equipped to handle the challenges of today's world." Ferretti unveiled sharp tailoring, classic outerwear, and sophisticated separates. Using a palette of cream, black, vibrant purple, royal blue and orange-red, the Italian designer equally balanced out the heavy - chunky knits, fur trims and boxy jackets with the light - delicate sheer blouses, satin pencil skirts and soft wide-leg trousers.

Best known for her evening gowns there would be a Hollywood actress, or two, who would have kept a close eye on this collection, and with good reason. There was several long sheer embrodiered black dresses most suitable for the occasion, as well as a bold purple strapless number which featured loose strips at the hemline. With just the right amount of moodiness, Ferretti succeeded in created a sharp modern collection with still the essence of her signature elegant femininity.

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