Oct 05, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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Milan: A visit to the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid unexpectedly gave Victoria Etro the inspiration for her spring collection. The Orientalist paintings she encountered there provided fodder for this season’s colorful prints. Etro isn’t the only one to have looked east for inspiration; just yesterday, Miuccia Prada also presented a show full of Japanese references. Could this be an emerging theme for spring? Etro’s take on the Orient was more literal than Prada’s Mod-influenced version. Many of the jackets, tops, and dresses were based on kimonos. The flora and fauna in the prints were rendered in vibrant tones of lime, cerulean, and magenta, giving looks a feeling of optimism and excitement. –Joanna Manganaro
Silhouette: Long layers / Wide-shouldered / Long + languid / Asymmetrical
Color: Cerulean / Lime / Magenta / White / Black / Cantaloupe / Teal / Cinnamon / Dove grey / Bubblegum pink / Peach
Key Items: Kimono jackets / Wide-leg pants / Fluid printed dresses / Blouson jackets / Culottes
Materials: Stiff double-faced cotton / Fluid silks / Chiffon / Laundered satin / Mesh
Print + Pattern: Orientalist-inspired flora and fauna / Paisley / Wide stripes / Geometrics
Details + Trim: Kimono sleeves / Self-belts / Sequins / Beading / Deep V-necks / One-shoulder necklines / Shoulder cutouts
Accessories + Footwear: Dangly chandelier earrings / Chokers with stone pendants / Beaded bangles / Embellished clutches / Flat strappy sandals / Multi-strap sandals / T-strap cage-toe heels
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