Oct 16, 2018 | By Nigel Taylor
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Veronica Etro continued the label’s long tradition of dazzling prints, with wispy paisleys and florals appearing on diaphanous chiffon and voile. A quilted cropped jacket and an embroidered trench fleshed out the motifs a bit more, showing off her supreme knack for color and print. Aiming for a “relaxed ease” in this collection, the peasant blouses and billowing maxis hearkened back to the freewheeling, haute-hippie 1970s. The designer also borrowed elements of “ease” from menswear and activewear, with slouchy cargo pants, chiffon henleys, schoolboy suspenders and striped linings offering some relief from all the swirling pattern. Tasseled cords were used for jewelry and detailed everything from lace-up necklines to trapunto obis, bringing in more boho flavor. The collection was most compelling in those moments that were not overly nostalgic and feminine, as when soft plaids were mixed in with all the signature prints, suggesting a neo-grunge romantic. That striking image served as a reminder of the 40-year-old company’s ability to present their time-honored aesthetic in modern and interesting ways.
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