October 01, 2004 Milan
Like every Milanese designer this season, Dell'Acqua felt the pressure to show something Indian influenced. That resulted in a sort of eighteenth century raj theme: short paisley caftan dresses, palm tree- and animal-embroidered silk jackets and microshorts, and, in the pant department, the baleful influence of jodhpurs. It all got even more confusing when the designer sent out a couple of black lace items that nodded emphatically in the direction of Rochas.
No doubt the inherent prettiness of the clothes will be more evident in the surroundings of a boutique. But Dell'Acqua would do himself and his audience a favor if, next season, he edits more ruthlesslyand shows in a less deadly venue.