With his spring 2022 assortment, Kean Etro paid tribute to the Italian musician and artist Franco Battiato, who died final month. For his lyrics, typically containing culturally unique, philosophical and spiritual references, Battiato was nicknamed Il Maestro, and he deeply influenced Etro’s personal imaginative and prescient and life since their first assembly again in 1985.
To the soundtrack of Battiato’s music, Etro’s males’s put on inventive director unveiled the gathering at Milan’s former railway station Scalo Farini – one of many three dwell exhibits in Milan this season. Models walked on the practice tracks within the open air, which appeared to Etro “to have no beginning and no end,” surrounded by wild flowers, which all contributed to the sense of freedom and pleasure the gathering telegraphed.
The tracks have been an extra reference to globetrotting – at all times an inspiration for the designer. This time, Etro wished to “explore the nomadic spirit.” (Incidentally, “Nomadi” can be a 1988 tune written by Battiato.)
To additional convey the thought of wanderlust, the designer additionally cited journey author Bruce Chatwin and Agatha Christie, not for her detective novels, however reasonably for her journeys accompanying her husband, archaeologist Sir Max Mallowan, on his excavations within the Middle East. Etro’s inspiration, nonetheless, was not literal – no cargo pants or trekking footwear in sight. Instead, Etro’s assortment was all about offhand fluidity and colours that transmit “energy and optimism.”
To wit, the primary a part of the present hinged on trendy fits, silk shirts and Bermuda shorts in vivid orange, yellow, fuchsia and metallic inexperienced -at occasions tie-dyed. Models paraded in silk cadi caftans, knitted vests with silk georgette inserts and fil coupé shirts lit up by golden threads. The model’s unmistakable paisley prints alternated with archival patterns on silk pajamas.
Earthy colours infused the second a part of the gathering, on bombers and shirts embellished with patterns impressed by petroglyphs, or rock carvings, however these weren’t literal, both. “I wanted clean and graphic symbols, as if they were memories of the past,” stated Etro.
He paid consideration to the equipment, too, starting from colourful and practical pouches and funky sneakers to giant and tender backpacks and saddlebags in washed leather-based.
The assortment had a rock ‘n roll vibe working all through – in any case, Etro has been dressing the winners of the Eurovision music contest, Italian rock band Måneskin.