MFW AW14: Alessandro Dell’Acqua for No.21

Embracing femininity with a masculine edge, Alessandro Dell’Acqua showcased his latest collection for Milan Fashion Week on Wednesday evening. Earthy tones dominated the catwalk – olive and forest greens combined with seal brown and camel shades. A theme of nature was prominent with a handful of models wearing blue and red, rose sequined garments matched with floral embroidery that was sewn on to plain, staple items. The collection included a cow-print jacket with floral silver beading decorated on the shoulder.


Alessandro Dell’Acqua’s smart-chic collection emphasised femininity, without the obvious approach of using fitted clothes. Each outfit was worn loosely but specific details such as embroidery and sequins transformed them into a sophisticated feminine collection. Dell’Acqua dabbled with a variety of different materials, including feathers and fur, which were accentuated with intricate silver beading. The designer also took inspiration from traditional Oriental dress, and used satin and velvet to portray a modern approach to Eastern design.


 The latter half of the show featured only black, as the designer moved from natural elements to cultivated glamour. With sheer fabrics paired against sequins and beading there was a pulchritudinous clash of textures that was met with casual class. The clothes developed, starting with day time looks that ventured into formal nightwear.


The show was a presentation of femininity paired with masculinity and it displayed a variety of looks that were both elegant, yet smart. Putting an adult twist on sequins and floral beading, Alessandro Dell’Acqua combined several trends to create a timeless collection for No.21.


by Emma Walsh

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