fall/winter 2013: no. 21

Alessandro Dell'Acqua's No. 21 Fall/Winter 2013 collection just showed at Milan Fashion Week and guests were treated to a new side of the designer this season.  In a drastic shift from his Spring/Summer 2013 collection, this season Dell'Acqua has favored a much more neutral palette of browns, greys, blacks, whites and accents of pink and blue sprinkled throughout.  Though there were all of Dell'Acqua's signatures in there - the lace, the 3D embellishment, the silk prints, the updates pants and shirts - they were perhaps done in a more restrained way this season.  Overall, it felt much more relaxed and it was all about the way things went together as opposed to how they looked as individual pieces.  A truly beautiful collection from the master of modern Italian fashion.

Neutral coats; these are classic pieces that will last decades.

Dell'Acqua's signature 3D embellishment techniques.  We love the dress, of course, but we particularly love the unexpected use of it on a classic button-down shirt.

Embellished pockets.  This was a theme that ran throughout the collection.  If there was a pocket on a piece, you can bet that it was embellished!  A great, simple way to bring a basic shirt to a more luxurious level.

Peplums!  That's right, they're here to stay.  And we can hear a million women across the world rejoicing.  Peplums hide women's problem areas (a.k.a. the torso) and create the illusion of a coveted hourglass shape.

Gorgeous printed silks.  These floral pieces have a slight Asian influence about them, due to their silhouettes.  We love the exaggerated volume in the sleeves.

Shearling coats.  That all-white look on Hanne Gaby Odiele is to die for!  As is the metallic/shearling coat on Bette Franke.  Must have outerwear for Fall.

And the sweater-with-skirts trend continues further!  We love how Dell'Acqua paired these sexy thigh-high slit skirts with loose sweaters on top to give the look balance and interest in its juxtaposition.

Sequins as a layering piece.  Sequin dresses are so passe!  We love that Dell'Acqua took this traditionally dressy texture and turned it into a sweatshirt style, perfect for layering.

The gorgeous models backstage at his show.

More beautiful models backstage!


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