Numero Ventuno. Ah yes, I mean No. 21.
It means we are finally at Milan Fashion Week.
Alessandro Dell’Aqua makes his label sounds so sensual, yet his overall design direction is much more than that.
The number 21, is said to be his birth date and his lucky number. Charming.
He has always been specific about the women he is designing for: they are sensual, cool, with daily chores but should never be underestimated. No. 21 caters for dressers who want less complication but more functionality, ladies who want fun elements but not on the surface, women who want total look with separate pieces they treasure. That’s you? Then you are at the right place. (And that’s me too)
FW14 collection started with some fun in sequins and glitters, with cool shades over it. Glittery tops, slouchy pants and dresses make it an adventure to carry them. They don’t just belong to the night, they looks like those you can go around looking composed under a bright day light. Sheer, Knitwear, jackets and some of the looks make me excited, similar to the way Dries Van Noten always do to me. So yes, I’m saying that the two has similarity in the way they look at women, and how they like to dress them. But each with different stories to explore.
Again, Alessandro Dell’Aqua is very clear of his muse, and his clientele. He is not keen to change his direction from season to season, instead putting more weight in perfecting the looks and pieces his audience like. The summer collections are always light, breezy and zero mess. The fall winter collections are always steady, reliable and create small excitements on every occasion it is worn.
The pairing of nude pieces and his glitter patterns are beautiful. So are the leather pieces and the fuss-free look. By now perhaps you know that I’m leaning towards smart casual dressing with fun elements. And if a particular look takes way too much trouble to even raise a hand, it ain’t going to work even if the piece is perfect. Ready-to-wear fashion is created for, ready to wear! And No.21 delivers exactly that: fuss-free and smart casual you can take out and face the world any day.