– By Teresa Greenfeld –
A designer that defines jet-set luxe, Etro reminded us just why it holds that title for Spring 2013. A collection that went spanning the world, Veronica Etro gave us China, Japan, India, and Morocco all in 46 looks – and yet still managed to remained focused. Flora and fauna hand painted prints – that one might come across on a priceless Oriental rug – appeared on almost every look, reminding us also why, when it comes to prints, no one holds a candle to Etro. Japan obviously being a strong influence, Etro paid close attention to cut and shape in her craftsmanship of the kimonos; instead of appearing costume-y, they appeared completely wearable and sexy. India and Persia influenced one-shoulder draping was done particularly well in a striped, sequined gown of black and white, and quite interestingly in a white, almost half-blazer with a black sleeve, over a strapless floral jumpsuit. The kaftan dresses – always an Etro standout – were reinvented with strong, pleated shoulders, and simple slinking gowns were given statement-making appeal with cape-like details.