February 27, 2009 Milan
While watching a Dell'Acqua show, a useful observation like that often pops up, even if there is no overarching moment to scribble down. He's good at nailing the single item, even if in truth most of his show is dutifully in step with the general Milanese way of doing things. Inevitably, then, Dell'Acqua was off to the disco with everyone else in town this season, except he'd had a vision of Joan of Arc on his way there—as if she were photographed by Bill King in the seventies. If that almost puts him in the laugh-out-loud category of fashion inspiration, the chain-mail knitwear tunics, fur, and feather and sequins he put together were no less pointless than some of his peers' notions for nightlife. And apart from his covetable coats, Dell'Acqua also did an original needle-heeled shoe: an assembly of crocodile, suede straps, and chain mail that would also be worthy of seeing the light of day next fall.