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Etro’s Eclectic Rainbow Looks Have Us Dreaming Of Summer Again

The SS22 collection takes us on a hopeful journey where freedom, awareness and festive distraction reign…

During the third leg of Fashion Month, Etro got everyone looking forward to a spring/summer season that’s brimming with optimism and a vibrant energy. While taking part in Milan Fashion Week, Creative Director Veronica Etro showed young, enthusiastic dreamers embracing lightness and positivity and celebrating life, nature and love. As well as presenting blown up audacious and bright floral patterns on baggy jeans and dresses for example, the creative offered a contemporary take on the Italian luxury house's iconic codes, including, of course, its signature paisley print. The classic bohemian print came in a kaleidoscope of colours on pieces including blockish jackets and quilted sleeveless coats.

The show, which saw models Adut Akech, Irina Shayk and Cara Taylor strutting the runway, was inspired by the joyful mysticism and spiritual awakening typical of the 70s, while anchored to recollections of 90s’ slickness. Introduced by a drum live performance by Les Tambours du Bronx, the SS22 line-up includes a wide range of patterns. Lush flowers blossom into spiritual mandalas, however they also grow into captivating paisley motifs. Optical upholstery-inspired patterns with a psychedelic feel bring in flowing geometries, lifted by hypnotic floral paisley waves. Maxi prints of different coloured daisies are placed next to textured striped graphics too.

The pulsating and stimulating colours include vitamin orange, emerald green, candy pink and bright yellow touches. And Etro has matched them with nocturnal black and pure white notes for a balance between vivacious flamboyancy and sophisticated, effortless elegance.

In line with the 90s’ inspiration, the silhouette is lean and elongated. Comfy trousers with elastic waistbands are matched with various crop tops, whether camisoles with spaghetti straps or crochet bras that envelop the bodice. While sarong skirts are worn over frocks or styled with boyfriend shirts, cut out dresses feel modern, plus there are urban interpretations of refined saris.  

Layering is all-important in the collection, with cycling shorts and leggings used as the athletic foundations to build a look and knitted sets made to be layered under metallic mini frocks with a disco glam attitude. Additionally, trousers with slits are designed to mirror skirts’ volumes.  

The accessories that complete the looks involve platform and heeled sandals with cage constructions, embellished with the “Crown Me” trademark studs. These also decorate the gold jewellery pieces with organic shapes and the straps on bucket bags, totes and shoulder bags. The bags, made in plush suede, come in bright tones or are peppered by lively patterns. Other arm candy options include coated raffia shoppers with a tactile texture in a paisley print, available in a lively palette of yellow, red, candy pink and emerald green.

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