This year's spring-summer collection by the famous family-run brand Etro drops us on an imaginary Paisley island in the middle of the wild ocean, a magical haven for free spirits that are seeking shelter from reality and want to lie on a sun-kissed coast basking in this salty glory.
This tropical destination holds altogether the easy going vibe of the West Coast, the tropical taste of Hawaii and the more reflective shapes of Japanese tradition, moulding them into a mixture of contrasting ideas such as the ode to surf culture and the recall of Asian martial arts, that balance in the middle in this search for the real Zen spirit. All of this comes bursting out from the dreamy shells that hang from the models' necks and ears, the technicolour swimsuits and patchwork kimonos that distinguish Etro's new creations though they always maintain their unique character through elegance, construction and the traditional house Paisley.
This whirling collection is popping with bright colours such as coral and indigo that are instilled in eccentric motifs that cover most of the textiles. Sunhats are accompanied by patchwork and embroidered knitwear, and tropical sunsets appear on kimonos and trousers in their radiant freshness. The outlines are loose and relaxed, perfect for the chilled mindset that lies behind the concept, and often hold surf boards or skateboards that praise the sport culture represented by Victoria Vergara and Maribel Koucke themselves on the runway. This collection therefore has found its inspiration in the delicate waves and its escape in the immense power of the ocean, which both incarnate the spiritual soul of all women in this peaceful celebration.