Even a gypsy needs some creature comforts. Etro, the go-to label for boho-luxe style, looked to the world of interiors this season with outfits that blended printed fabrics with lush woven textiles in tapestry and upholstery motifs.
Backstage before the show, Veronica Etro said she worked the prints like puzzles in monochrome patchworks, opting for a Seventies-era palette of camel, coffee, tobacco and leather. “Because it’s earthy, it creates this sense of groundedness, rootedness,” she explained. “It’s something safe.”
To counteract the profusion of patterns, Etro kept the shapes lean and clean, with robe coats in blanket-soft double-faced wools, matching tunics and pants, and silk skirts with patterns spliced into the pleats.
“For me, it was to keep that spirit that she is quite eclectic, extremely eccentric, but still very bourgeois, very formal,” the designer explained. Think Margot Tenenbaum (Etro said she was feeling a Wes Anderson influence this season).
The patchwork theme was rendered in a dizzying array of textures, from leather and suede on a pair of cropped pants to rich jacquard panels on a coat. Not to mention velvet, paisley, houndstooth, stripes and tie silks. That it didn’t add up to visual overkill was testament to Etro’s superlative craftsmanship.
Upping the luxe factor were coats embellished with colorful landscapes embroidered in thread or worked in fur intarsia. “She’s looking outside the window and it’s like ‘A Room with a View,’” Etro said. She could have titled the show after another book: “A Room of One’s Own.”