A Nomadic Autumn Winter 2017 at Etro

 

A Nomadic Autumn Winter 2017 at Etro

Etro AW17, Milan: What springs to mind when you think of Etro? Paisley swirls in the finest silks; colours that recall the fairytale palettes of the Far East and the old-time Orient; fine, delicate embroidery and of course an uninhibited, floaty silhouette reflecting the free-spirited aesthetic of this  luxury Italian house. In many ways therefore, there were no big surprises at its Autumn Winter 2017 catwalk in Milan this week, but Etro girls took on a more tribal look, like new age Kashmiri princesses swathed in patchwork – from silks to shearling and fur. Silhouettes were also larger to accommodate hefty outerwear that looked like it could withstand the most bitter of snowstorms. Chinese influences were seen in Manchu-esque jackets and Mongolian-style mountain boots which were fur topped and criss-crossed with leather laces. Heavy warm jackets and coats recalled the thick wool chuba worn by nomadic Tibetans – some tribal printed overcoats were indeed lined with sheepskin like those worn by these indigenous people. Mirror detailing, colourful embroidery and beading on long dresses and little gilets harked back to the 1970s, So much so, that parts of this collection will make you want to light some incense and listen to The White Album – no bad thing at a time when travel and exploration are becoming so restrictive.

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At least there’s Etro – born in 1968, also the year The Beatles travelled to India and penned the afore mentioned album – to allow us all to keep dreaming.