Etro will never be painfully cool. And that’s a testament to its inherent pleasures. For the spirit of this house is too generous, unpretentious, and securely anchored to succumb to fashion’s lame urge to exclude. Anyone can join the Etro tribe. And this season, Veronica Etro returned again to that anchor, the house paisley that should seriously tempt new members.
The collection, rich in jewel tones and packed with busy patterns and many a paisley, mined familiar territory: Etro loves a luxed-up bohemian, preferably if she’s on the move, trekking across the Indian deserts, or learning how to weave a Navajo blanket.
This season was all about travel, tribes and traditions, executed with a light touch by Veronica Etro, creative director of the brand’s woman’s line. “She’s en route to adventure,” said Etro, adding that the collection started with a caftan, the “symbol” of the Etro way of dressing. “I imagined this woman like an eclectic traveler, bearing in mind tradition, heritage and culture. She has her own tribe, she cross-pollinates so you can’t really tell from where she comes from.” The result were opulent looks with dashes of the utilitarian. Hooded capes came leather-edged with contrasting stitching or jewel-like clasps, while a host of lightweight blanket coats and shawls were adorned with stripes or Native American-inspired patterns. They were draped over long patterned caftans, some with deep v-shaped necklines, tassels or a bit of sparkle at the front. Silk trousers and dresses flashed with contrasting stripes or paisley swirls, while one bathrobe coat had a circle-of-life pattern on the back.
This kaleidoscopic swirl of a collection, which unfurled to Led Zeppelin tracks, also had its more down-to-earth elements, including a fluoro yellow jacket with a nipped-in waist done in a high-tech fabric, padded pants, sports-style bras and running shorts layered with the luxury pieces. The Etro tribe knows how to put it together.