It was strategically right of the Etro family to take the Greek mythological creature Pegasus as their brand’s milestone. The symbol of creativity, inspiration and inexhaustible positive energy rewarded the brand with insane fame and public esteem and the fashion world with bohemian ethnic pieces tailored from the most natural fabrics ever, which are well known to be Etro as well. The divine Pegasus definitely passed through the brand’s atelier while Veronica Etro was designing the ethereal and celestial Etro spring/summer 2016 collection.
Once backstage Veronica stated that she had low interest in luxurious festivals and gatherings, rather preferring being close to nature and getting inspiration from nature. Every single show comes to be a proof of her grande amore per la natura. Titling her spring 2016 show “Nomadic Gardens”, Veronica has worked out a collection for girls, who never stay in one place but flutter like butterflies both through time and space. Sheer and light chiffon, lace, satin, silk, intricate embroidery, plus a lot of frills, flounces, romantic ribbons and steamy lines chosen by the designer were embellished by the brand’s signature Paisley prints infused with fragrant flowers and fresh leaves. This was not only a runway show for spring, but also a gentle hint that Etro keeps up being one of the leading textile manufacturers in Italy. Through Veronica’s expert hands and prolific ideas those fabrics, dyed effects, floral prints and earthy hues were cooperating so effectively with each other that for several minutes we were attendees of an exhibition of garden samples. That was fantastic, somewhat isolated from the world, standing close to paradise.
The frocks and skirts were naturally predominating in the Etro spring 2016 collection. The pajama-like trousers spotted were so languid that could be easily confused with skirts especially when paired with lounge robes. Most of the tiered and pleated skirts, frocks and even pants were exposing feminine bodies so gently and modestly, while the plunging necklines and open shoulder designs were anew reminding us of this springtime biggest trends. Some of the frocks like the brown-violet floral one with ruffled sleeves or the black one with plunging neck and nature-inspired prints were so baggy and floor-sweeping that you could not even catch where it all started and ended.
Bomber jackets were recurring in the collection but not the types that are rocking now the runways. The Etro bomber jackets were strongly matched with the collection’s nomadic air coming to be designed with those Paisley and floral prints and tailored from those ethereal fabrics at times also being semi-worn.
It was not only the gipsy twist enveloping the lineup. Veronica also referred to the ballet theme and brought a range of little ballerina shoes with lace up design to the runway. Still, she seemed not to be so contented with only one sort of footwear included and she evolved them into lace up flat boots thus begetting a brand new trend to adopt for the upcoming spring.
Photos courtesy of Vogue