Tuesday, June 21, 2016

BEAUTY: Clothing--Etro

I'm very fond of Kean Etro's designs for the menswear branch of the house started by his father Gimmo Etro in 1968. Known for paisley and a certain ethnic sense, Kean has expanded the motif while managing to stay true to the original spirit of the house. This SS '17 collection at Milano Moda Uomo might not be groundbreaking and it might not use some kind of wild theme or avant-garde modern artist for inspiration, but it feels slouchy, masculine, sexy, easy, interesting, and most of all, Romantic...regular readers know that when I say that, I reference Romanticism...a kind of lyricism, a sense of loose, swashbuckling elegance.

But most present in this Etro show was friendship. Kean Etro cast the show with non-models...a roster of photographers, lawyers, government workers, and even Kean's own sons walked the catwalk. Of course the standout model (for me anyhow) was the drool-worthy, sexy Igor Ramírez García-Peralta with his hot pornstache and his adorable dog Canita by his side. And word is that instead of fitting these men, they were each allowed to choose off the racks what they wanted to wear to walk the runway--even more personal and charming! I like the vague ethnic sense of the South American woven fabric, Asian-inspired ikats, Japanese-inspired blue boro, stripes, and of course, the Etro paisley.

Take a look at--*gasp* models smiling on the runway, having a good time-- and the genuine friendship, camaraderie, and joie de vivre at the end of the show.


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