February 20, 2013 Milan
It's a bit of a trickle-up phenomenon, really. Eclectic outfits like these are already being put together on the streets. Dell'Acqua wouldn't be the first designer to find inspiration in Tommy Ton, et al., but after multiple trips down memory lane on the first day of Milan's Fall shows, it was refreshing to watch a designer lift ideas from the here and now. At the least, it's smart business, which counts for something now that Dell'Acqua can make a serious go of No. 21 thanks to a licensing agreement with Gilmar.
Not all of Dell'Acqua's propositions will have legs: The printed gazars with the wide black silicone bands across the midriff or the hips seemed contrived. Still, they didn't stop a couple of key market editors, who happen to be dyed-in-the-wool shoppers, from raving on their way out. Safe to say we'll be seeing some of Dell'Acqua's own ideas—mohair knits tied around the waist, those crystal-covered socks—on the street-style blogs later this month.