Milan: Veronica Etro’s fall collection brought with it a laundry list of influences – the Orient, military garb, Tony Duquette’s sumptuous interiors, Egyptian jewelry. Coupled with the house’s signature print-heavy flash, the effect could have been overwhelming, but each entity worked to soften the edges of the other, resulting in a collection that was tastefully rich and visually appealing. The Eastern inspiration took form in hammered silk cheongsam sheaths and blouses, poppy embroideries and decadent kimonos that looked like Erté illustrations come to life. Finely-tailored WWII era pencil skirts, brass-buttoned pea coats and cadet blazers anchored the collection, bringing a contemporary edge to the more exotic attire. Equally strong were the looks that specifically referenced Etro’s 1970s-slanted aesthetic (a big reference point this season), such as a crystal fox fur coat over a geo-patterned polo and camel-colored pants. In the end, Etro’s trademark paisleys and dark, rich color palette wove the various strands together in a way that firmly upheld its distinct brand of well-traveled sophistication.
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