How do you borrow from the boys while still looking completely and unimpeachably feminine? If you're Alberta Ferretti, and you're designing the Spring 2013 collection for your secondary line Philosophy, you might consider using the silks traditionally reserved for making men's neckwear and using them to make striped pants, patterned skirts, and body-conscious dresses that no one could mistake for mere men's accessories. Even the blazers were rendered ladylike with the addition of contrast printed sleeves and hidden closures.
Ferretti's signature femininity was thrust into even sharper relief by her show's venue, the masculine wood-paneled Oak Room at The Plaza Hotel. Had the silks turned into ties, they might have felt right at home — but these girlie looks were so modern, bright, and inventive that they could go anywhere.