No.21’s Bare Essentials
At Numeroventuno, the order of the day is a simple, relaxed elegance.
In stark contrast to Alessandro Dell'Acqua’s maximalist AW’18 collection, this season the creative director takes No.21 back to basics with clean lines and minimalist construction. Entitled ‘Bare Essentials,’ this collection is based on simplicity as colours and silhouettes traverse, while complex details and textures bring depth.
Shying away from the brand’s trademark masculine-meets-feminine aesthetic, pencil skirts, trapeze dresses and mini dresses run rife in shades of black, coral, fuschia, red liquorice and acid green. A myriad of textures elevate the ordinary to the extraordinary: slick overcoats made from faux patent ostrich leather are cleverly juxtaposed with sheer nylon knit tops.
Wide-cut suit jackets paired with fitted mini skirts, in emerald and periwinkle blue, deliver a touch of sartorial elegance. Adding an acceptable dose of froufrou to the lineup are imitation ostrich feathers, appearing sporadically on handbags, skirts, or as a skeleton-like coat, exposing the body beneath.
“I use fabrics which are common in high fashion – from vitrified chiffon to polished eco-ostrich – that heighten awareness of technical treatments and lay bare the structure of the garments,” explains Dell’Aqua, in an official show notes.
The only pieces that look out of place are a set of tie-dye t-shirt dresses with unusually large bows, a seemingly random addition to an otherwise coherent and sophisticated lineup. As Dell’Aqua sums up: “I believe in the rediscovery of make-a-difference detailing. In this sense, the clothes in the collection expose the evolution of my ideas.”