Runway Report: No.21 SS18

Often as a brand shifts to a new creative director, welcomed designers will often revert to collection archives to embody the spirit of a House in a reimagined fashion. Rarely, do we find designers revisiting their own archives. Although Alesandro Dell’Acqua lost creative control of his initial label several years ago, for the Spring Summer 2018 collection, Dell’Acqua repurposed his original archives to marry with No.21’s essence. Brand identities extended to one another, as a sheer, sheath dress taken straight from one of Dell’Acqua’s runways in 1997, walked the collection.

As curiosity grew towards reasoning for such an emphasis on a collection that debuted nearly twenty years ago, Dell’Acqua defended, “That was my favorite collection. And it was very, very successful too.” Lace featured the very same botanical pattern as the first lace the designer ever functioned. Paillettes and feathers accented complete looks, as sheer dresses alluded to eveningwear transitional pieces.

Dell’Acqua consistently played with fabric and textural intricacies, as parkas were fashioned in leather and pale pink looks were featured in shimmering sequins. Ruched skirt suit combinations proved contemporary. In continuing with his 1997 referencing, Dell’Acqua copied major collection pieces including, tulle-sheathed jackets in black nylon and tulle skirts garlanded with silvery, abstract floral. Through No.21’s reversion, Dell’Acqua proved that some of his earliest ideas remain his most celebrated.

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