Milan Fashion Week- Etro S/S ’15

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Tribal has been the word de jour over the past few seasons. Be it the use of an aztec tribal print, tribes of models wearing pieces that resemble uniforms (think monogram capes at Burberry AW 14) or fashion tribes who follow the same brand religiously, we have heard it all. However Etro have taken tribal to a new level for next season, and it is far from passé.

Strong geometric patterns ran in every direction upon each garment in this collection. In look three alone, a teal, orange and black vertical print cami top was paired with matching silk trousers, three beaded necklaces, a loose-fit kimono with baby blue, orange and camel triangular motifs and stunning fringed aztec woven throw was placed over the shoulders as an afterthought.

Although this may sound like overkill, it was a visual feast for the eyes. The neutral camel, cream and grey-blue fabrics employed gave the collection consistency, and the concept was carried out from start to finish.

Kimonos, wrap dresses and use of maxi-length everything gave this Etro collection a bohemian 70s vibe. Dresses were belted at the waist with woven ties, fringed trim was attached to hem-lines and the overall silhouette of the garments was relaxed. This boho aesthetic contrasted perfectly with knee-high tasselled boots and chevron Aztec prints that reeked of tribal influences. If Stevie Nicks circa 1970 went into business with the Navajo people to create a fashion collection, this is what the result would look like.

With such a bold, print-heavy focus it would be easy to think this collection is unmarketable. However, each separate piece worn alone could definitely be seen as next year’s key staples. Be it the grey suede jacket with embroidered lapels in look 39 or the beautiful teal deep-v wrap dress with chiffon layering to the skirt in look 19, Etro convinced us all that 70s aztec chic will be on everyone’s minds next season.

When the Etro models sashayed out at the end of the show, they could have been mistaken for a beautiful undiscovered tribe from the heart of Mexico. Veronica Etro lead them with a beatific smile on her face – and rightly so. The new boho-tribal trend has been set and soon it will be the one to be seen in.

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