“Holy tailors, sew for us,” read the Etro show notes. Those prayers were answered with a collection that focused on classic British checks, plaids, gingham and windowpane patterns, while the house’s signature paisley was used only as an accent. Those holy tailors went one step further and walked the runway — scissors and measuring sticks in hand — alongside models decked in coats with one sleeve and other sartorial works-in-progress.

Among the finished looks were lean three-piece suits worn with ultratight drainpipe trousers — some with little zips at the hem — and matching ties and topcoats. Checks and plaids came in olive, camel, persimmon and yellow, while paisleys ranged from the bright to the subtle and shadowy, as in a dark jacquard jacket for evening.

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