The 70s vibe was hard to miss at the spring/summer 2014 Etro show. It’s difficult not to think of that era with Donna Summer singing the Disco anthem “I Feel Love” on the show’s soundtrack. And its easy to imagine that famed fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez would have had a field day sketching the powerful paisley prints that swathed each silk ensemble. There was even an air of Halston in the relaxed silhouettes of looping scarves –fronted halter gowns and the tapered-leg cropped pants with forward sitting pockets.
But what kept this collection from looking like a trip down a sartorial memory lane was designer Veronica Etro’s chosen color palette. Instead of going dark and steamy, she kept the shades warm and inviting. So that exotic blooms, swirling paisley and graphic patchworks played out in a clever mix of lemon, lilac, coral, sand, and sky blue. Also some wide stripped knit sweaters had an artisanal flavor to them and helped this collection feel just a tad more laid back.
Other highlights of the show include one shimmering sequined beige dress, just begging to be worn out on the town, and a slip-on mint coat lined in paisley.
Key too were the silver metal embellishments and accessories that gave just the right amount of grounding to the languid looks. And while the metal mesh clutches and the cage heel sandals were nice, it’s the metal edged brightly patterned silk scarves that are going to be the stars next spring.
If there is one caveat for this collection its this- Etro needs to learn to stop when she’s a head. By look 35 she had produced a crystal clear collection, with an on point message and defined silhouette. No need to muddy the waters with another ten outfits that just diluted the show’s beautiful paisley printed waters.