By her own admission, Veronica Etro is not technologically inclined. She prefers the handmade and imperfect to the serialized and industrial. Her new collection was all about making things by hand on your own—customizing, dyeing, cutting, braiding, embellishing. It was also about light textures, dense embroideries, and a sense of bohemian ease. It channeled a message: freedom. “I figured out this woman, an artist, living on her own in the desert,” said Etro backstage. “I’m not particularly interested in festivals and gatherings, but I am inspired by the energy that arises from being close to nature in its wildest state.”
The collection had an elegant, hippie feel; the ’70s are certainly the decade of choice at this Milan fashion week. Etro’s lineup didn’t conjure images of Burning Man, but it did channel an en plein air concert vibe. It mixed Native American nods with the flowing layers and neckerchief hems of Zandra Rhodes, feather necklaces and beads, textural vests and billowing skirts, and ponchos.