Etro’s achingly beautiful collection for Spring/Summer 2016 ran counter to the brand’s signature haute-hippie excess. While the Victorian era, bohemian style, and Arts and Crafts revival are all fashion’s latest obsessions, designer Veronica Etro was able to artfully balance all three references in her presentation with a controlled intensity that led to refined, wearable looks. In a delicate palette that mutated from shimmering champagne and silky creams to peacock hues and deep burgundy, her gossamer peasant frocks and relaxed loungewear took on a regal quality.
The show launched with a winning selection of silky slips and diaphanous dresses that featured delicate garland prints, soft pleating, golden sashes, and a fragile assortment of lace trim. Many of Etro’s angelic, feminine frocks were topped with Victorian bed jackets, which featured textured exteriors and embroidered lining, while modern versions came in bomber-jacket form. Ballerina-inspired elements were also in the mix, including serene wrap tops and lace-up ballet slippers, while gypsy style informed Etro’s elegant silk trousers, colorful beaded skirts, and ethnic-patterned sheer dresses. Embellishment made the biggest runway impact and added artistry to the collection’s many ribbon-lashed gowns and multi-faceted surfaces, which displayed microscopic metallic beading, brocade, and lampshade ruffles. If Victorian-era ladies had caught a whiff of this collection, they would have burned their corsets and sold off their land to acquire it all, but, fortunately, it’s the young, modern woman who reaps the reward.
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