Alberta Ferretti’s knowledge and knack is in her blood. Born the daughter of a dressmaker, the Italian designer has an acute knowledge of what woman want to wear, opening her first boutique at just 18 and launching her eponymous collection later in 1974. Her floor-skimming evening gowns grace the red carpet every awards season, but there is just as much verve about her precision-tailored separates. Smarten-up any look with a sharp blazer; cinched in all the right places, these rainbow-hued styles are a must in every modern wardrobe.

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