Kean Etro’s Spring Summer 2018 collection is an homage to the spiritual wanderers of the psychedelic generation who made their pilgrimages in the ‘60s from the shores of Goa to the Himalayan foothills. Talismans and deities make their presence known, from the classic imagery of Indian mysticism and the esoteric imagination
The fabrics were inspired by Kean Etro’s grandfather. The impurities into the fabric give each yard of fabric its own unique fingerprint, Madras that Etro has arduously recreated in his own Italian atelier. Colours preserve the essence of the collection’s spiritual home.
Materials are intentionally meticulously wrought. Linen features heavily. Painstakingly realised ornamentation shines in this collection. Cargo jackets have been painted by hand. Embroidery is expressed in the form of sacred mandalas. Collage practices are used as embellishment on jackets. Metal stud details. Dégradé dyed Madras stuns with a symphonic layering of pattern
Trousers come in a wide spectrum of volumes. Linen Madras slacks are cut slightly looser. Denim is generously decorated. Relaxed kaftan-style shirting is kept long. Accessories are similarly vibrant. Hand printed leather is espadrilles and sporty. Slouchy leather shoulder bags are lined with a similar fringe and hand stamped in a bandana pattern. The collection’s irresistibly ‘60s vibe, is immortalized in the style of the generation’s avatar, “Gimmo Hendrix”, q psychedelic pop-art portrait for the most adventurous of spiritual wanderers.