— February 21, 2013 —

fall/winter 2013: no. 21

Alessandro Dell'Acqua's No. 21 Fall/Winter 2013 collection just showed at Milan Fashion Week and guests were treated to a new side of the designer this season. In a drastic shift from his Spring/Summer 2013 collection, this season Dell'Acqua hasfavoreda much more neutral palette of browns, greys, blacks, whites and accents of pink and blue sprinkled throughout. Though there were all of Dell'Acqua's signatures in there - the lace, the 3D embellishment, the silk prints, the updates pants and shirts - they were perhaps done in a more restrained way this season. Overall, it felt much more relaxed and it was all about the way things went together as opposed to how they looked as individual pieces. A truly beautiful collection from the master of modern Italian fashion.

Neutral coats; these are classic pieces that will last decades.

Dell'Acqua's signature 3D embellishment techniques. We love the dress, of course, but we particularly love the unexpected use of it on a classic button-down shirt.

Embellished pockets. This was a theme that ran throughout the collection. If there was a pocket on a piece, you can bet that it was embellished! A great, simple way to bring a basic shirt to a more luxurious level.

Peplums! That's right, they're here to stay. And we can hear a million women across the world rejoicing. Peplums hide women's problem areas (a.k.a. the torso) and create the illusion of a coveted hourglass shape.

Gorgeous printed silks. These floral pieces have a slight Asian influence about them, due to their silhouettes. We love the exaggerated volume in the sleeves.

Shearling coats. That all-white look on Hanne Gaby Odiele is to die for! As is the metallic/shearling coat on Bette Franke. Must have outerwear for Fall.

And the sweater-with-skirts trend continues further! We love how Dell'Acqua paired these sexy thigh-high slit skirts with loose sweaters on top to give the look balance and interest in its juxtaposition.

Sequins as a layering piece. Sequin dresses are so passe! We love that Dell'Acqua took this traditionally dressy texture and turned it into a sweatshirt style, perfect for layering.

The gorgeous models backstage at his show.

More beautiful models backstage!