09/18/2013 02:15 EDT | Updated 11/18/2013 05:12 EST

Ferretti bursts with colorful ribbons and embroidery for Mexico-inspired romantic summer looks

MILAN - Alberta Ferretti creates pretty folkloric looks for next summer with ribbons, embroidery and applique flowers.

The collection, previewed Wednesday on the first day of Milan Fashion Week, was reminiscent of a sunny Mexican fiesta. The lines were romantic with room for spice. Long peasant skirts were paired with demure cropped tops, adorned with colored satin ribbons woven through waistlines, applique flowers gracing necklines and embroidery circling hems.

The colorful accents get the most play on chiffon white or black outfits, but Ferretti's palette also included natural shades of leaf green, cornflower blue and coral red. Ferretti shied away from pants, offering instead skirts of all persuasion: lacey, ruffled, pleated — anything went as long as it was feminine and flouncy.

Hair was pulled back and sometimes braided to accentuate the romantic mood. Ballerina shoes featured ribbons wrapped around the ankles, to dance the night away.