Over the past few weeks, I didn't get a chance to post about a handful of FW11 shows that enjoyed immensely but... just ran out of time to bookmark. And while I'll spare you from reading a super long post of these left-over snapshot reviews, I can't helping highlighting one - Gianfranco Ferré. For a few reasons, among them the fact that the brand, despite changing ownership and generally falling on hard times, is increasingly finding its own stride - the fall collection was very strong. Plus, my uber-stylish French friend Floriane has been a follower for years, so of course I had to investigate for myself :) And most importantly, Ferre is exactly what I feel my workplace (or at least the female contingent) desperately needs... You see, while other people with my kind of interests have the luxury of working in and drawging inspiration from their fabulously fashionable workplaces, I work with 90% men - the grey-suited and blue or white shirt-donning kind (i.e., not the same kind of well-dressed businessman you may have seen on The Sartorialist, noooooo). Ohhh, and the women... well, they mostly try to blend in with their male counterparts by wearing pretty much the same uniform-like formula (think lots of Hilary Clinton types). So while everywhere in New York there are sings of spring, bursts of color, transparent maxi skirts and little white dresses, my office is permanently stuck in sartorial winter :( And so what our business formal dress code won't likely change - there is a miriad of refreshing ways for a woman to update her look without running the risk of looking unprofessional. My hands down favorite office-appropriate looks this season were from Tommaso Acquilano and Roberto Rimondi at Gianfrance Ferre (also worth checking out their edgier line Acquilano & Rimondi). For those attached to the suit, these numbers from Ferre are a breath of fresh air with their slimmer, more modern pant leg, white pumps and sheer mocknecks (ladies - button down under a suit jacket NEVER looked good on a lady!! Unless they're from Celine, because Phoebe Philo can do no wrong :) Ferre's structured dresses and skirt separates are the perfect lenth that is both elegant and appropriate, while the unusual (for the office in any case) mix of textures and updated detailing on an otherwise monocrome look keep things just interesting enough. And finally, even disciples of all black (the greater half of our tiny female contingent), can take cue from these simple, sublime, and timlessly elegant looks without breaking any rules.