“My collection’s are always inspired by basic elements,” said Alessandro Dell’Acqua. “There is no complex concept at the base. However, those basic elements are turned upside down by the use of special materials.”
That’s a pretty on the nose and self-aware assessment of N21, the designer’s signature brand. Dell’Acqua makes his menswear collections stand out via the juxtaposition of classic staple silhouettes that are crafted from unexpected fabrics in untraditional hues to create unconventional ensembles. The trick being that the designer is still able to somehow ground these pieces in contemporary fashion.
For example, in his short but sweet offering for the spring/summer 2015 season he paired sky blue trousers with a buff colored round neck sweater. But on closer inspection, the pants proved to be cut from dense lace, and the pullover used darker stripes of color at the sides to give the illusion of a slimmer torso.
Dell’Acqua also used quite a bit of eyelet fabric and Vichy gingham in this collection. Two sartorial fixtures that usually tend to be associated more closely to womenswear garments. But the designer undercut that association by crafting the perforated fabric into board shorts or splicing together different shades of the checked cotton together to create a button-up shirt.
Another major element of this show was the use of floral prints. Here it is Dell’Acqua’s chosen color palette, faded greens and washed out pinks, that give the powerful print a more accessible slant. Even the designer’s neoprene sweatshirts, embossed with the N21 logo, gave a fresh take on the white hot designer sweatshirt trend.
In just 21 looks, Dell’Acqua proved that N21 is a number to remember.