Etro went retro for Fall/Winter 2015 with a collection that clearly picked up on the 1970s revival. An autumnal tableau and hodge-podge of patchworked prints were central to Veronica Etro’s presentation. Yet the effect is somewhat eccentric and old-fashioned, calling into question the type of consumer that the presentation was aimed at.
Etro went retro for Fall 2015 with a collection that clearly picked up on the 1970s revival.
Busy exteriors were hard to handle in layers. One might prefer either the paisley trousers, jigsaw duster or multi-colored sweater of the first look, but all three elements together were tantamount to overkill. Etro ceaselessly explored texture, pattern, and color combinations, but the problem wasn’t so much the clothes themselves as the styling. We would have preferred either the glittering sequined red-and-grey maxi dress or the luxurious reworked leather coat, rather than both together. Aside from the mixed-bag approach to layering, there were wonderful takeaways. A patchworked georgette dress combined multiple prints, and was stunning on its own. A brushed wool duster with a painted hemline featuring sandy, geographic layers was absolutely gorgeous, and so was a coat framed with angular geometric designs. Fur patchworked toppers were also lovely, and the blue and tangerine ripples that decorated their surfaces offered some relief from the frowsy brown-hued presentation. While Etro’s craftsmanship is excellent and silhouette was on-point, the collection suffered from obfuscated patterns. A less is more approach might be a better option for next season.
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