MILAN (Reuters) - Etro mixed aristocratic with underground vibes at Milan Fashion Week on Friday, with the Italian designer label looking to models of different ages to present its Autumn/Winter 2019 line.
Womenswear creative director Veronica Etro showcased vibrant tapestry prints, nodded to equestrian influences and added regal touches for the “Aristo-Indie” collection.
Wearing a red tapestry print jacket, white shirt and tight black trousers, model Edie Campbell opened the show in the cloisters of the 19th century Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi.
Models wore printed silky flowing skirts, chunky knits, belted or with a high neck, check coats - inspired by male tailoring - and buttoned blazers as dresses.
There was plenty of the fashion’s houses usual paisley print on coats, trouser suits and dresses.
The collection also featured jodhpur-like trousers, frills on ponchos, long skirts and dresses as well as shirts with large tied bows at the neck.
“A quirky collector, a hyper elegant queen of the castle, living in a decadent Neo-Victorian romance. Fragments of noble memories are subverted with subcultural references for an indie attitude,” show notes read.
“A corsetry aesthetic meets equestrian vibes, preppy influences and underground grunge touches.”
To the sound of Verdi’s classical music mixed with more contemporary tunes such as “London Calling” by The Clash, models of different ages including Tatjana Patitz, Alek Wek and Jacquetta Wheeler strutted down the catwalk.
A corset was tied on top of a green floral silk dress while a polo top was matched with check trousers. The check print was also seen on a jacket matched to a shirt dress.
Puffed up sleeves appeared on tops, off-shoulder dresses and floral print jackets.
A selection of black dresses came in velvet with puffed up off-shoulder sleeves, embroidered with metallics or in chiffon. Some of the dresses were reminiscent of royal gowns.
Bustier belts adorned most of the outfits and for footwear, models wore pointed boots.
Milan Fashion Week runs until Monday.
Reporting by Marie-Louise Gumuchian, Editing by William Maclean