Bonnie J Brown for Second City Style Magazine
Oh, to live the bohemian life! To thwart convention, roam freely and
love openly. It sounds like an ideal lifestyle; to do as you please
when you please… Except for the part where you surrender yourself to a
life of abject poverty, that part doesn’t sound so good. But just
because you don’t intend to give up your home in order to rove the
streets without care, that doesn’t mean you can’t, at the very least, dress the part.
Gypsies who were coming into France during the nineteenth century,
to make a long history lesson short, were thought to be from Bohemia,
when in actuality they were just the free-loving people described
above, tooling around the French countryside. While the gypsy, as far
as we know in Western Civilization, hasn’t exactly been prevalent in
the past 100 years or so, hippies did take their place and their fashion.
Loose flowing tunics, vibrant colors and a layering technique that,
let’s face it, is pretty impressive (not everyone is daring enough to
pull off a crocheted vest paired with a tie-dyed t-shirt. The clothing worn by both parties were, more or less, for comfort, ease of dress, and maybe even necessity. So, you ask, where is the fashion? This is where I turn your attention to Etro.
Etro, the Italian fashion house was founded in 1968 by Gimmo Etro, who designed fabulous fabrics featuring gorgeous colors and patterns. Etro eased into the fashion industry by developing accessories such as shawls, ties and scarves, which often times featured paisley, the design that made them truly popular.
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