No. 21 S/S 2016

A designer’s designer at his best

Got to hand it to Alessandro Dell’Acqua. He is a real designer. Not a line builder, or merchandiser who wants to see his name in print or a stylist or buyer converted into designer, or, worst of all, a nightclub promoter pretending to be a designer. Ale is a real and true designer, and his fresh, fast-paced show on Sunday morning reminded us precisely why.

Lightweight coat and shorts on cool casting No. 21
Lightweight coat and shorts on cool casting

Many of his colleagues in Milan have been mingling active sportswear, tailoring, raingear and androgyny. But in Ale’s skillful hand this assemblage really worked, creating a plausible way for a clever guy to actually wear the clothes and not look like a fashion victim. Talk about a lesson in balance, panache and sex – all the way to the girly lace blouse/jacket at the finale.

Plausible street layering topped with bomber No. 21
Plausible street layering topped with bomber

Staged in a historic cloisters with a terrific Synth Pop big ballad soundtrack, Dell’Acqua conjured up a completing convincing brew of street sartorial and arty lettering. The street came via his funky Bermudas and elongated nylon splash tops.

Sweet feeling of summer, the big anchor No. 21
Sweet feeling of summer, the big anchor

Plus, he has wit, most notably the No. 21 logo magnified to one meter large, and sewn in thick woolen threads onto sweatshirts and baggy sweaters. Added to that an excellent set of new crossbreed sneakers – part sandal, part brothel creeper and part platform. With a few lasses sprinkled into the cast, it was a charming encounter with innovative design. Like we said, Ale is an authentic designer.