For Fall/Winter 2014, No. 21 juxtaposed dazzling elements and earthy neutrals for a collection that had front row attendees, editors, and models buzzing with excitement. Though traditionally, you’re not likely to place a blue and red glitter-spangled midi-length skirt with a “Plain Jane” beige wool sweater, designer Alessandro Dell’Acqua proved that extreme style contrasts are cool.
After four years since his debut at Milan Fashion Week, Dell’Acqua has gained traction in the fashion world. With his recent takeover of Rochas, he’s on the cusp of becoming a household name. This presentation backs his acumen, as Dell’Acqua wowed with a splashy, bejeweled collection that was perfectly balanced on the strength of soft knit textures, warm cover-ups and fall hues. In one corner, he expressed grunge-luxe with glittering dresses, outerwear and skirts. In the other, he elevated moss green boucle coats, flannel trousers and olive knitwear with crystal paillettes bejeweled appliqués. There are touches of extravagance in this well-examined collection, like dreamy fur coats, feathery skirts, and cowhide jackets. Dell’Acqua’s measured approach to wearable luxury hypnotized us with its perfection – these are looks we want to wear now. It’s clear that the subtle opulence of No. 21 deserves all of the buzz that it has received at Milan Fashion Week.
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