This season Veronica Etro took a bold approach to designing her F/W 2011 collection, presented last week in Milan. Etro's signature has always been a subtle mishmash of global cultural references and this season the messages were mixed in a deliberate and thought provoking way. Paisley prints and heavy plaid fabrics mix with curly lambswool collars and sleeves, and bright shots of tangerine orange and electric blue are juxtaposed against grey pinstripe workman's slacks and delicately shimmery tops. For me, the stand out pieces include a heavy gold coin embroidered coat, an elegant white and paisley print shirt dress, and a shimmery mustard nylon lurex dress worn beautifully by Abbey Lee Kershaw as the finale dress. The only faux-pas? The hair and make-up styling - we could have done without the crow-rows non?!