MFW: Etro & Bottega Veneta

Text: Katerina Gkoumopoulou & Danae Terzakou

 

 

ETRO:  Praise the Patterns

 

A blend of patterns and stunning leather pieces. Just a simple way to describe this season’s Etro collection. Patterns were almost in every outfit and influenced by cathedral vaults and Renaissance ceilings, nineteenth-century ethnic textiles, and Russian ceramics. “It was about tradition and culture, the memory of the past. I imagined this woman today, with print in the digital era. The idea of restoration and layering”, said the designer. Veronica Etro also pointed out that she drew inspiration from the movie “Blade Runner”, combined with “Seven Years in Tibet”. The collction was a bit aggressive. Consisted of breathtaking biker coats, skirts and dresses with black geometrical intrusions, Veronica Etro pulled out a dark, dark collection with a touch of punk –some say. “I had in my mind sportswear, motorcycle trousers. She’s half a biker but still spiritual, she’s tribal,” she concluded.

Photo: Marcus Tondo / InDigital I GoRunway

 

 

 

BOTTEGA VENETA: A Retrospective Essence

 

Tomas Maier, Bottega Veneta’s Creative Director, conceived embellishment out of poverty. He may be cautious with the details, but his collection was fluent, yet graceful. “I was into wool, and using it in different ways, washing it, bonding it, or felting it to create print”, he said. And so he did. There was wool into every outfit; it could either be the main material or fine adornments. He created volume on dresses with a variety of pleats. Looked like A-line dresses, but in the end there were just cocktail, over-the-knee, and extremely tremendous robes. The coats were fabulous: all made of fine wool, ultra lady-like and chic. There was a peculiar neckline, in most of the clothes –giving the essence of a flower. Although Mr. Maier was insisting on wool as his main material, we spotted duchesse satin, treated with the same craftsmanship. It was a quiet virtuous color palette, with black, white and mustard running the show.