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No. 21

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DESIGN DEVELOPMENT

Milan: Now in its second season, No. 21 is beginning to develop a recognizable look, building on what designer Alessandro dell’Acqua created last season. The boxy woven tees returned, this time with a vibrant print featuring birds and flowers, paired with matching cropped, straight-leg pants, another shape he introduced in the previous collection. Instead of fall’s vivid fuchsia, dell’Acqua used a screaming red tone to grab the viewers’ attention this season. While there was a sense of consistency, there was also newness; easy long skirts and dresses – some with a hankerchief hem – were a novel shape for the label, and the culotte, an item that began to emerge last season, looked right in sensible beige. The designer also added a touch of old world luxury with a mint and gold brocade, used for stiff long-sleeved tops, trousers and a long column skirt. While there were many ideas in this collection, dell’Acqua managed to contain them all and seems to be successfully developing a voice for his new label.

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