Veronica Etro looked inward for the inspiration for her fall/winter 2015 collection. No, she didn't put her psyche on display. Rather, she turned to the world of interiors and textiles for the home, an area the brand has excelled in almost since its start in 1968, to create a show that was appealing and inviting.
The brown and gold autumnal color palette and longer silhouettes immediately gave the collection a '70s slant. As did the abundance of patchwork on display. But Etro attenuated any retro energy by giving each piece a military precision in her construction. And the tonal similarities of the geometric mosaics of material helped to soften the fabric swatch patterns for more restful results. "I call it maximalism in control," said Etro backstage before the show.
The designer also namechecked the Wes Anderson film, The Royal Tenenbaums. And she did find a way to work in a quirky cool attitude into the ensembles. "It is very rigorous and severe in its shapes, very clean. But at the same time it's very eclectic and eccentric," explained the designer.
It was also very complex. In a good way. There were dresses that featured jacquards, men's tie fabrics and intense embroidery work. Some jacquards resembled patchworks but were in fact a single weave. The knitwear pieces were beautifully done and the statement coats said just the right thing.
"I liked living with this collection," admitted Etro with a shy smile. She wasn't the only one.