Etro by Day – DSquared2 by Night

“Make sure you bring a big purse to stuff the pillows in” – at least that is what I was told when heading over to the Etro Fashion Show.  Who knew?  Here I was excited just to view the runway show and munch on some fancy smancy h’orderves, but free pillows on each seat?  Sign me up!

OK so yes there was much more to the show which took place in the massive space that is Palazzo del Ghiaccio (which means “Palace of Ice” in Italiano).  Keeping true to the house’s signature aesthetic, Etro showcased floor length gowns, intricate motifs and tailoring with a more subdued palette of colours such as bronze, mustards and navy. Suits glowed with a nice textured sheen and the paisley/geometric prints created the theme for the collection. Layering seemed to be a key component in many collections this season including Etro; corsets cinched long sleeve shirts, coats covered jackets that covered shirts.  My favorite part about the collection was the versatility of all the pieces – you could easily break down the looks and incorporate some pieces from your own wardrobe.

Later that evening, after I had emptied out my purse with the Etro pillows and did a quick fabu change into my night glam look, we headed over to Teatro Litta where DSquared2 showcase their new handbag collection.  It was quite the Spettacolo (Video Show Link).  Just upon entering, we were greeted by fire blowers, tarot card readers, magicians and cages upon cages full of… wait for it… HANDBAGS.  I have to admit, it was an amazing way for Dean and Dan Caten to display their first ever handbag collection.  Not to mention their Houdini inspired acts of sawing a women in half and one of the brothers being chopped into pieces dazzled the masses. Gulp!  I wish they would have invited me on stage, I could have easily found a way to make a handbag or two disappear!  Bacini NYS