Opening her first boutique at the age of 18 - and later launching her eponymous label in 1974 - Italian designer Alberta Ferretti is adored the world over for her inimitable, feminine collections. A popular choice when it comes to events and awards season, the label is favoured by the Hollywood style set for its vintage-inspired, floor-skimming gowns. Work the look off the red carpet with whisper-weight tops: cut to skim and flatter the figure, layers of diaphanous chiffon and panels of delicate, intricately spun lace promise to sweep over the body for a streamlined finish. And with everything from draped, sleeveless styles to those with a little more coverage, there’s something to suit every shape and size. Dressed-up lunch date? These ethereal pieces are just as chic with a pair of skinny jeans as they are with tailored trousers - just add a simple camisole to balance a sheer finish.