Veronica Etro's Fall 2013 collection explores the tension between how to dress for today while showing respect for the past.
When we think "elegant," that often comes with an idea of something quietly beautiful; Victoria Etro challenged that with a collection most notable for its very vibrant — and certainly not muted or quiet — kind of beauty. With dramatic references to Asian art, Etro crafted a lineup of brilliant hues and paradise-inspired prints on both fluid gowns and more structured kimono-style tunic jackets and even dresses that more literally hinted at the construction of a beautifully painted fan. The artistic inspiration was quite literally worked into the collection — the prints did, truly, feel like paintings, and the wash of colors grabbed you like a great piece of art does. When the line gave way to sequin stripes, fluid pants, and flowing caftans, the wearable shapes worked to counter the statement-making patterns and standout color — the kind meant for making an entrance. But if being the center of attention isn't your thing, the more "understated" pieces — the white looks, dotted with florals or slouchy pants and boxy tops — would still get you noticed with a little (but not much) more subtlety.
- Trends: Kimonos, florals, brights, sequins, stripes, cutouts, and asymmetrical cuts.
- Colors: White, black, rust; bright blue, yellow, pink, and orange.
- Key Piece: The printed sheath and sportier topper on Joan Smalls was one of the collection's coolest looks.
- Accessories: Strappy black and white sandals, flat sandals, jeweled earrings, and printed, oversize clutches.
- Who Should Wear It: We could see Kate Hudson in that one-shouldered, sequined, striped number.
Veronica Etro clearly had florals on her brain when designing for Spring 2013, but not in the way that one would expect. Bold and colorful Spanish flamenco-inspired florals were beautiful on pant suits, shirtdresses, pencil skirts, and elaborate flowy gowns. As the collection grew, so did the size and brightness of the flowers on the clothes. By the end, it was a mesmerizing garden scene. Likewise, sleek Japanese influences were felt throughout the show. Structured kimono jackets with cropped, cuffed, wide-leg trousers brought a modern twist to the traditional garb. Of course Etro's signature paisley print was also present, as were a few striped suits and dresses. There were a few solid pieces sprinkled in, but it was generally a mixed-prints party.
A full gallery of the event below, including plenty of faces that are used to being in front of the camera: Anna Wintour, Naomi Campbell, Franca Sozzani . . .
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