Born the daughter of a dressmaker, Alberta Ferretti says of her career in fashion: “I was born into it, maybe even born with it in my blood.” Charged with opening her first boutique at the age of 18, the Italian designer later launched her eponymous label in 1974 and debuted on the Milan runway in 1981, quickly counting a plethora of Hollywood starlets as fans. Adored for its picture-perfect gowns, the label scores high for its signature feminine silhouettes that skim the figure and flatter. Precision-tailored, the same can be said for its neat jackets, blazers and evening coats. With colour-block styles, cinched at the waist, there’s the option to make them work for both day and night. Try a printed blazer with a pair of simple tapered trousers – the fitted cut strengthens the label’s ladylike aesthetic, making them power pieces for the modern professional.