On The Beach Boys’ 1963 hit album “Surfer Girl”, Catch a Wave was a stand-out single with a harmonious hook that promised if you caught a wave, you’d be “sitting on top of the world”. Cross-apply this to Alessandro Dell’Acqua’s latest fashion narrative, and suddenly the foamy beachheads of Hawaii are a fashion statement. N° 21, albeit a small label, is poised to sit on top of the fashion world.
No. 21 eloquently blends menswear into a crystal-and-ruffle fêted presentation that puts the spotlight on textural details rather than on an obvious attempt at cross-breeding the masculine and the feminine. Men’s shirts are transformed so seamlessly into relaxed daywear standards that we’d hardly mistake them for their original form. Present throughout the collection is No. 21’s stamp of excellence on Spring’s established trends – sheer maxi cover-ups, see-through skirts scattered with beading, controlled crop tops, and tiny bralets. In case you haven’t heard, skin is in for next season. It’s the simpler looks that are the most magnetic, like a trim, navy, schoolgirl blazer, a black shirtdress with ruffled texture, a mahogany leather workshirt, and an emerald knot-fronted shift dress sporting a wave print. If surfer cool sophistication and a touch of upscale style copped from the world of men is on your agenda, No. 21 is ripe with wearable options.
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