Last season, we wrote that Alessandro Dell'Acqua was still searching for an identity for No. 21
. For Spring, it came into focus. These days, Dell'Acqua is all about the mix: masculine and feminine, high and low, sportswear and lingerie. Boxy, oversize button-downs buttoned all the way up to the collar were shown tucked into sexy little pencil skirts, and pencil skirts were either printed with neoclassical vestal virgins (the past), overlaid with silicone (the future), or cut from plain cotton poplin in front and more provocative lace in back. High and low, meanwhile, came together in a dress sheath densely embroidered with Swarovski crystals and metal bottle caps.
Where's the middle ground? Dell'Acqua avoided it this season, preferring, as his show notes explained, to see through the irreverent eyes of the Tumblr generation. This reviewer knows a few of those types, and they left the No. 21 show raving about all the pieces to wear. Leaving aside all the looks stitched with clusters of beads in Y-shapes underneath the breasts—those were puzzlers, for sure—we're prepared to agree with them.