Bohemianism continues its stronghold on Milan Fashion Week with another permutation of 1970s style found on the Etro Spring/Summer 2015 runway. Although, this trend actually makes more sense on the Etro runway, given the brand’s penchant for cross breeding the type of prints and patterns that formed the basis for boho flare in the 70s. The Etro girl is a free spirit, a festival goer, a Burning Man enthusiast, a nomad. The most impressive aspect of this collection, however, is the fact that it was all stitched, embroidered, and embellished by hand – a kind of DIY aesthetic worked into high fashion forms. Navajo prints were a big seller, especially when worn on fluid handkerchief-hemmed dresses. Native beading was also used on ponchos, vests and jewelry, while feathers and fringe lifted the looks to an ever lighter, more ethereal plane. As for the head-to-toe Native styling, Etro ran the risk of creating looks that were more like costumes than wearable everyday staples. It may take someone who is actually living the kind of hippie of lifestyle the presentation underscores to appreciate this collection.
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