No.21: A utilitarian softness

Milan: For Alessandro Dell’Acqua, this season was all about breaking the mould. Gone were the graphic lines, the modularity, “ I wanted to focus on a much more casual look”, he explained. And so silhouettes got bigger – more layered and linear – whilst textures were softer and more tactile; this was a new direction for No.21. There was a youthful-utility feel to the collection, playfulness, seen in a knit top with cartoon nudes on the torso, or a vest cut from delicate lace which sat under an oversized bomber jacket. There were skirts too – which is nothing ground-breaking- but the proportions worked so well simply layered under a plain white tee or olive double-breasted coat. There was a soft urban edge amongst the tranquillity; tropical animal prints were used upon a military jacket, softening its connotations. A cohesive and smart collection – Dell’ Acqua just opened the door to a whole new customer base. – Anna Ross

Theme: Soft and Layered

Key Items:  Oversized bomber jacket, Cropped overalls,

Colour: White , Stone, Khaki, Lipstick red, Deep navy

Materials and Trims:  Jersey, Cotton, Lace, Viscose, Neoprene, Jacquard, Denim, Knit, Silk Habotai, Leather, Nylon, Wool

Print and Pattern: Bold Stripes, Tropical Jungle print, Impressionist nudes

Accessories and Footwear:  Heavy stacked lace-ups, Black headbands, Army belts

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