It wasn’t until the Flower Power movement of the 1960s that women began to adopt the silhouettes, patterns and palettes of far-flung continents. After spiritual sojourns in India and the Near East, these free-wheelin’ freedom lovers would return with armfuls of brightly colored kaftans, dip-dyed scarves, and other lovely garments from the chattering markets of Indo-China.
In the fashion world, womenswear quickly caught on, and a strict, unforgiving silhouette was traded in favor of loose, ethereal garb. Designer Veronica Etro brings this same kind of multi-cultural appreciation to Milan Fashion Week’s Spring/Summer 2014 line-up, with a presentation packed with mixed paisley prints, vivid colors, and loose fits. The collection moves from a more subdued palette to incorporate slices of neon, but the mood of adventure and discovery remains steadfast. At times, Etro cuts through the hodge-podge of mixed paisley prints with tactile textures like color-blocked woven knits and raised metal dots arranged so finely they looked like braille. There are hip gypsy pants with low-slung pockets, brilliant silk scarves trimmed with beaded metallic fringe, harem trousers and a mesmerizing tapestry of summer dresses to choose from. Etro’s plain linen cropped trousers with patched knees weren’t enticing enough to sway their client base, and at times the print mania gets a little out of control. However, the brand’s mixed medley works best on solid pieces like wrap-dresses, one-shoulder frocks and cowl-neck sleeveless jumpsuits, and there are plenty of looks to choose from. The coolest connection Etro makes with its consumer is that its Spring/Summer 2014 apparel is completely breezy, flowing and easy-to-wear while remaining capable of making bold statements, due in large part to the craft of print blending.
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