Etro Spring 2013
When we think "elegant," that often comes with an idea of something quietly beautiful; Victoria Etro challenged that with a collection most notable for its very vibrant — and certainly not muted or quiet — kind of beauty. With dramatic references to Asian art, Etro crafted a lineup of brilliant hues and paradise-inspired prints on both fluid gowns and more structured kimono-style tunic jackets and even dresses that more literally hinted at the construction of a beautifully painted fan. The artistic inspiration was quite literally worked into the collection — the prints did, truly, feel like paintings, and the wash of colors grabbed you like a great piece of art does. When the line gave way to sequin stripes, fluid pants, and flowing caftans, the wearable shapes worked to counter the statement-making patterns and standout color — the kind meant for making an entrance. But if being the center of attention isn't your thing, the more "understated" pieces — the white looks, dotted with florals or slouchy pants and boxy tops — would still get you noticed with a little (but not much) more subtlety.
- Trends: Kimonos, florals, brights, sequins, stripes, cutouts, and asymmetrical cuts.
- Colors: White, black, rust; bright blue, yellow, pink, and orange.
- Key Piece: The printed sheath and sportier topper on Joan Smalls was one of the collection's coolest looks.
- Accessories: Strappy black and white sandals, flat sandals, jeweled earrings, and printed, oversize clutches.
- Who Should Wear It: We could see Kate Hudson in that one-shouldered, sequined, striped number.