“My inspiration was a woman who respects her tradition, culture and heritage, but who customizes it according to the digital era,” Veronica Etro said before her show on Friday. She might have been speaking about herself, gatekeeper of the very specific creative legacy she is charged with keeping current and chic.
Etro has taken some chances in that role, including with her fall collection. She drew from traditional sources — Renaissance ceiling murals, Russian ceramics — and, literally, the digital era, using the former as background for cyber-inspired geometric motifs. It made for an interesting lineup and if some moments rang excessively harsh, there was still plenty for Etro enthusiasts to love.
Etro built on the modern side by incorporating a sporty sensibility in shades of the fashion-conscious biker babe. She cut her outerwear with attitude — and with that rounded-shoulder-of-the-season. While the shapes were simple, the overall effect wasn’t, given the cohabitation of jacquards, leather, techno-prints, studs and sparkles. Dresses came both loose and waisted, some otherwise ladylike turned racy via demonstrative sleeve zippers. For evening, a backless column in yellow-and-black ergonomic stripes displayed too much optic verve, while a similar shape in a violet printed pastiche sizzled.