No. 21


Milan: After losing the rights to his eponymous brand name last year, Alessandro Dell’Acqua took a season off to regroup. He returned this season under a new label, No. 21, which he considers his lucky number; it also happens to be the day, in December, on which he was born. The new collection was an insightful departure from his former work in that the focus was on separates, where his previous label leaned more toward dresses and evening looks. The well-edited show had just the right mix of feminine and masculine, hard and soft, black and color. Boyish tapered trousers were worn with lace button-up tops, and leather motorcycle jackets coexisted with fuschia miniskirts. A blurry floral print, further obscured with black beadwork and appliqués, was a highlight, used for pencil skirts, dresses, T-shirts and skinny pants. Fur pieces infused the collection with subtle luxuriousness. The new start seems to have allowed Dell’Acqua to clarify his vision, and the result was lovely.

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