Sunday, September 22, 2013

Spring 2014 Milan Shows: Etro, Versace, and More

A review of Etro, Versace, and Tod's Spring 2014 collections.

etro spring 2014 womens print dresses

Etro is best known for its signature paisley prints. Last season, prints seemed off for this label; they were just not catchy. But this season Veronica Etro was inspired by her grandmother’s country home. They say that sometimes a family run business serves best if inspiration is taken from a relative’s history, and being grandmother the subject, this collection worked very well.

Clothes were colorful, relaxed, decorated with metallic fringes that almost seemed to have referenced an oversized silk luxe scarf. Halter dresses were slightly looser worn with silver belts that looked appealing worn around the waist. I found her cropped pants paired with knits a look that would look effortless at the countryside or casual party. Her approach on prints this time was much more appealing, keeping the brands signature paisley injected into them discretely. This new collection definitely felt inviting. 

versace spring 2014 rock dresses

 Meanwhile, at Versace Rock badass girls were taking over the runway. The thing about a Versace woman is that she’s not afraid to express who she is. She praises her lifestyle and imbues sexiness in everything she wears. Judging from this collection, Donatella Versace knows who her clients are, because I wouldn’t think a conservative girl would want to walk around with chain medusa harnesses around her body and mesh bandanas. But at the same not everything was hardcore as the label projects.

We know Versace is very revealing, but besides those provocative harness numbers, there were other pieces that felt quite conservatively sexy (soft) for another clientele; it wasn’t as soft though when you saw those stilettos. Her first introduction of circle skirts worn with thick medusa belts felt new and sexy with denim jackets. Denim was actually her strongest niche in this collection – studded denim jackets, hook-and-eye closing skirts, shirts, and intricate pants. Girls will surely feel they rule the world next season with Versace’s pants, like one floral- leather lace pant worn with a Versace 2014 metallic sleeve t-shirt I feel most of us may be seeing it around streetstyle blogs. Printed patterns, metallic (like a lavender look that you could tell right away you were at Versace), leather, and lace dresses were nice to see coming next season. 

It was delighting to see Ms. Versace do something that looked easy on the eye and humbly sexy without too much drama; her menswear collection was also splendid. Just seeing her take her applause for this past two shows projected much happiness in her, and I like the new path this label is taking under her most personal admirations.

tods spring 2014 shirtdresses

Tod’s recently debuted is first fashion show under new creative director, Alessandra Facchinetti; she used to design for Valentino and Gucci back in the day. If I could describe her new collection in one word, it’ll be PERFECTION. Milan has a new star, and it can be found at Tod’s. 

This is what real women want. Italians seems to struggle to portray a collection a woman would be able to wear on a daily basis. Most women would greatly appreciate if they could make designer clothes part of their lifestyle. And Facchinetti received that message and transformed it into one women across the nation will go bananas over……….Casual with a great hint of luxury.

She made leather look paper thin buttery and wearable for summer in burgundy, gray, and pale pink colors; no stiffness what so ever. Shirtdresses detailed with a gather across the back looked sumptuous with those belts. Shorts, skirts, suits and relaxed pants caught everyone’s attention. That baby blue number was a dream in heaven paired with exquisite leather sandals; it was an impeccable tailoring. White eyelet button-down shirts and jackets were also freaking fascinating. The only thing I did not understand was those head pieces two models wore, but who cares, because all 29 looks of clothes and shoes is what women will be pleased to wear. Who knew an accessories brand could be so captivating.

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