Alessandro Dell'Acqua is busily going about re-creating himself as a designer for the street-style crowd. His No. 21
collection is just over two years old, and what defines it is its young, fresh mind-set. Hems are miniskirt-short above towering platform sandals; this season's requisite bomber jacket made multiple appearances in tweed; and an otherwise straightforward black dress came embellished in gobstopper-size jewels at the waist. The irony here is that he was apparently inspired by the idea of Queen Elizabeth in her garden. The pieces that will reap the most "I love that"s, followed quickly by a "Whose is it?" are the hologram paillette-encrusted sweatshirt and carwash-flap skirt. Dell'Acqua's collection is just under-the-radar enough to retain its anonymous quality. Which may be another way of saying that it hasn't quite fully realized its own identity yet.
Elsewhere, Dell'Acqua revisited some of the lingerie tropes he liked to use when he designed under his own name. Those of us who predate the street-style phenomenon recall his fondness for exposed bra tops and guipure lace. He used the latter to charming effect on a minty green slipdress. Ultimately, though, this collection felt a bit too lightweight to redress No. 21's lingering anonymity issue.