Urge to transgress, aspiration to build something new. All with the awareness that we can change the rules if we are perfectly familiar with them. That’s the thinking behind the definition of a new woman, one who’s ultra-feminine of mind yet very much into a femininity that finds freshness in the superimposition of the contrasting elements emblematic of contemporary cultures. The N°21 collection for spring/summer 2017 comes equally from a desire for continuity and a wish for renewal.
«While needing to break the rules that I now consider passé, I wanted to retake possession of the narrative on femininity forever behind my women’s fashion vision. I created layers of images through an overlapping of references so as to attain a very modern femininity that originates in a strong will to change. And I gave this new woman the chance to transgress and thereby build a present-day reality where perversion becomes a glamour game that’s both innocent and decisive,» says creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua.
Layers of meaning that reflect tenets in evolution. Motley composite of symbols that ultimately forge connotations consistent with the times. For purposes of obtaining, Dell’Acqua goes on, «bothersome elements in classic femininity disoriented by ruptured elements.» Glam/sport fusion effects that spark quirky images where the off-center stance affords the item of clothing and the person wearing it a further opportunity for expression.
So here then are layered skirts and dresses thanks to the use of East European folk style-print foulards, complete with embroidered patch pockets and semi hidden under sequined plisse half skirts. Zipped scuba sweaters with pom-pom decors and passementerie trim on shoulders. Sequined tube skirts in chiffon and organza with tech fabric-edged side zip closures. Tulle-lined anoraks with big patch pockets all in mikado, versus macramé lace bombers with big patch pockets in duchesse.
Macramé dresses with, by contrast, a techy loose-mesh look. Linear dresses in poplin or crepe de chine, offset by a lovely ruche ruffle. High-heel tech-sole sandals with reflective bow on the narrow toe, in alternative to platforms with a running shoe sole. Big macramé rucksacks, as well as small embroidered cloth bags with macro bow closures and tech cord handles & shoulder straps. Lastly, the eyewear – designed in collaboration with Linda Farrow – where the golden lunette on the lens recaps the symptomatic mystery of this fresh take on the eternal power of feminine allure.
Recollections and references, superimpositions and sensations in crossover mode that inspire «a disruptive action necessary for renewing the tenets of femininity that no longer withstand the test of time. All for a woman who has no fear of skimming the sinful boundaries of her own move in a cool new direction», Dell’Acqua concludes.
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