Inspired by the Mexican riding tradition of Charreria, thecollection's highly-researched and elaborately patchworked materialshighlight Etro's unparalleled expertise in fabric combination.Intricate leathertooling, for example, is informed by traditionalsaddlery techniques and is used abundantly acrosclothing andaccessories. Etro's signature paisley has literally been brandedinto aged and waxed leather shirts and jackets, while laser cutleather embroidery creates new, rugged lattice detailing on slimjackets and pants.Western-inspired suede or leather intarsias setfire across the collection, lighting up canvas trench coats,cottontwill pants, or cotton seersucker suits, while chains of metalcoins or animal medallions trim pants.
Traditional English fabrications — from sharp pin stripes to a rosecotton-linen twill — cut into the mix,offering a classic balanceto Aztec-inspired thread embroidered jersey shirts.
Sculpted and cut close to the body, the season's silhouettes areresolutely masculineand exalt a man's natural shape. Pants adhereto the leg and are crafted from figure-enhancing panels. Intarsiaconstructions trace the legs and shoulders, creating contours forthe body as well as a new rich canvas of surface decoration. Jacketsfeature apowerful, new padded shoulder, while suede inserts arehand-sewn into cotton pique polo shirts. The Etro men's suit isalways offers an unconventional twist on traditionalelements. Thisseason it is cut in three pieces, plastered with intarsias, pipedin suede or leather saddle stitching, lined in georgette silk, andlayered over an un-done striped shirt.
Prints this season possess an unstudied, arte-naïf quality, as ifdrawn by raw hand. Ahorse print, on shirts and jackets, bears theunfinished semblance of a rough illustration. The paisley is alsotreated in this new way: as a blurry, black and white pattern thatseems to emerge from a sweat-induced mirage, cross pollinated witha classicbandana print, or subtly arising on tone-on-tone wovenjersey navy trousers or hot-pressed velvet pants.
Orange — the signature hue of traditional saddle-makers – takescenter stage. Newshades of white are invented by mixes of linenwith cotton or by appliques of suedeonto twill. Eco-dirty tintingtechniques are used for an aged effect. Ice cream shades of