In a sea of shows that have centered on minimalism with negligible amounts of adornment, the Etro collection stopped the fashion crowd in its tracks. Here was the perfect alternative to the understated and staid. Veronica Etro has cornered the market on the boho, global nomad who likes her folky fashion crafted out of only the most luxurious of fabrics.
To the sensual sounds of a crooning Barry White, Etro sent out a richly embellished collection that has a hint of Stevie Nicks from the 70s in its gold lamé gypsy dresses, embroidered peasant tops and patchwork blanket coats. There was also a clear reference to tribal styles of northern lands both in the designer’s chosen color palette of russet browns, olive greens, burnt orange and burgundy, and in the tapestry patterns she used to weave in the brand’s cornerstone paisley prints.
Fans of this exotic style of dress were spoiled for original and inventive choices at Etro. Buyers had better stock up on the plisse skirts covered in decorative panels of densely embroidered fabric, as well as those blanket coats and the embellished vests trimmed in tuffs of Mongolian fur.
With each passing outfit, the desire to drop everything, pack a carpet bag with pieces from the collection and hop on a train to some far flung location grew. Hopefully, ending up in a place where the exotic and the exquisite would be revered in equal measure.