March 02, 2003 Milan
It's not that Dell'Acqua, who also designs for La Perla, was suggesting his customer put her sex appeal on hold; he just wanted to add a little romance along the way. Chiffon tops cascaded over skintight pants, ombre-dyed ostrich feathers fluttered from the top of a halter, and minidresses were of the ruffly and unruly variety. Even when he tried to be serious and severeas with a series of snug black separates done in satin and velvetit came off as gently enticing. For those seeking to avoid hard edges in these tough times, Dell'Acqua's soft sell has undeniable appeal.