Venezuelan-born designer Norisol Ferrari had always fantasized about fashion design.
"I began cutting and sewing things together by the time I was nine, and have always loved making women feel beautiful," says the designer, who made her New York debut at Fashion Week this past February. "I have always had a love affair with beautiful clothes, particularly beautifully-made clothes."
Unsurprisingly, visible quality and super-precise cuts characterize Ferrari's eponymous collection, which is ruled by sculpted separates (a perfectly tapered pencil skirt or an effortlessly feminine pouf-sleeve blouse are some of her staples), menswear-inspired outerwear, and dramatic evening looks. A trumpet gown from Fall '12 rendered in cream satin and trimmed with delicate black lace, for example, has an Old Hollywood charm.
"Life, in general, inspires me," the designer told us. "But I believe history has always been my greatest inspiration. The great women of every era have something special to teach us all."
Indeed, Ferrari seems to eschew current trends in favor of classically flattering looks that can be worn again and again, like her double-breasted coat dress in scarlet. "I strive to stay in a woman’s closet for more than one season."
While her designs have a luxurious appeal, Ferrari describes her customer as "simple" nonetheless. "She is a woman who has no interest in following status quo, rather celebrating who she is, regardless of trend. She is a woman that looks for quality above all else."