Etro meets Star Trek: AW13 show latest

Etro, just in from Milan Fashion Week

'The Etro girl doesn't fall behind when it comes to modernity and new technical developments,' said Veronica Etro in a relatively calm pre-show backstage area, 'but she never forgets her history either.'

And thus she explained an autumn/winter 2013 collection that was a dichotomy between ultra-modern spacey prints and Star Trek-ky shapes, and classic Etro bohemian glamour. The backdrop to the show was a light projection of swirling magic-eye prints that belonged firmly in the digital era, and out of that came a procession of girls in brave new technical fabrications (power mesh and techy matte neoprene) but in the classic Etro color palette of mustard gold, burnt orange and cranberry.

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Cathedral vaults, Renaissance alfresco paintings and Russian ceramics provided a slightly schizophrenic starting point for the prints - Veronika's intention was, she explained, to 'layer the prints, like layering different periods of time, and then pixelating them to provide a new point of view.'

This was done most effectively in mannishly cut overcoats with sprinkles of jewels, or in the dramatic cutaway gowns, low-slung belts giving away the boho-luxe Etro spirit. There were new shapes, too - a sporty new pin-tucked shoulder, raglan-cut jackets and even an outsize bomber made of embossed velvet.

Easily the show-stopper of the collection was Joan Smalls in an off-shoulder column gown, which rippled down the runway and made us all want to layer our decades and pixelate our pasts - if it makes us look like that, we'll take it.

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