Elegant and free, the Etro Woman Autumn Winter 14-15 collection explores far-away lands and sartorial cultures from the past. Veronica Etro reveals talks about must-have patterns and looks for autumn in an exclusive interview for Alfabetro.
Exotic influences create an artistic fusion this season. What inspired you to keep the bohemian look fresh?
It’s a crossroads of nomadic cultures, exploring the silk roads from the East to the West. A timeless collection was born. This languid, folk couture mood weaves throughout my imagination, revealing detailing from the past whilst exalting the artisan craftsmanship that is engrained within our culture. The mix of contrasting patterns and textures interweaves Scottish tartans, Mongolian furs and bohemian embroideries take on an understated twist with warm, dense hues. It’s a collection that explores travels, tradition, culture, history, ethnicity and colour.
It’s a delicate balance to pull off. How have you chosen to combine such different elements?
The classic Paisley design, in its most traditional form, explores new geometric shapes, interlaced with delicate Chinois blooms or decorated with opulent mother of pearl detailing. Decorative exoticism meets sophisticated folk couture. Embroidered, decorative panels are layered with oversized checks whilst golden jacquards illuminate each look with vertical stripes, elongating the silhouette. The primitive quality of thick, suede stitching and fringing mixes as effortlessly with striking tweeds as with evening dresses, blurring the boundaries between casual style and formalwear.
This is an altogether more structured evolution for autumn. How have you chosen to layer up the contrasting shapes?
It’s all about fluidity and subtle layers. Blanket coats and cropped jackets add definition to printed silk pyjamas. An endless balance of opposites: day and night, opaque and transparent, softness and rigid textures. Summer kaftans transform to beat the winter elements, transforming in to oversized capes, whilst embroidered waistcoats add a sartorial touch to classic maxi dresses. Structured shapes meet bohemian essentials, wrapping the body with a cosy embrace.