Alessandro Dell'Acqua

Dell’Acqua, Alessandro

Alessandro Dell'Acqua
The designer

Alessandro Dell’Acqua is an Italian designer, born in Naples(1963). After graduating from the Institute of Art, he moved to Milan in the early 1980s and began to collaborate with several fashion griffes, including the Genny group, for which he designed the Malisy Collection up until 1993. Afterwards, he worked with Pietro Pianforini, Maska, Gilmar, and Alma. In 1994, he presented his first knitwear line, A.A. Milano. In March 1996, he presented his first women’s Collection, and today it is sold in 108 boutiques all over the world. Moreover, on January 8th 1998 he presented his first men’s Collection at Pitti Immagine. Furthermore, his style is sensual but not aggressive, with simple shapes that are easy to match in rich materials and decorations, with black and beige the dominant colors.

Artistic Director of La Perla

The designer’s début as artistic director of La Perla. Dell’Acqua’s inspirational muse is, as always, Courtney Love, but he also makes reference to the elegance of the Hollywood stars of the 1950s.
A syndicate of investors led by the Arpels family acquired 70% of the brand of the Naples designer. Arpels sells a 20% shareholding in Van Cleef & Arpels to the Richemont Group, and acquired the Redwall Group, which produces bags and accessories under the brands Redwall and Borbonese, of which Dell’Acqua has been the designer for a long time. License agreements that are already in effect for the production of fragrances, shoes, and eyewear with the Dell’Acqua brand remain unchanged. The agreements remain with EuroItalia, Iris, and Visibilia.

Brand Acquisition

A new company within the Redwall Group, on the other hand, will obtain a license for clothing under the brand. Claude Arpels, the managing director of Redwall, will have the same post for Dell’Acqua, while the designer remains president and partner, with a 30% stake. Redwall Group closes 2002 with a turnover of about €40 million (€22 million Redwall, €18 million Dell’Acqua).

Milan Runways

The début on the Milan runways of the new Dell’Acqua Collection for La Perla. The main piece is in chiffon with cuts, inlays and superimpositions for pareo dresses that are fastened around the neck and have precious inlays, broad sashes, lace tops, jackets, and desert boots in ostrich feathers. There is a lot of yellow and black for an extremely feminine Collection that is evanescent and soft and which plays with transparencies and transfers to clothing the refinement that has always characterized the lingerie Collections of La Perla.

Later, they launch the new men’s fragrance and the website This website makes it possible to surf the designer’s Collection and to find a lot of information about the firm’s licenses, his biography, press releases, the profile of the company, and the distribution network. Furthermore, a single-brand store with the women’s and men’s Collections, the shoe lines, eye glasses, and bags opens at 149 Fifth Avenue in New York.

Dell’Acqua say goodbye to Rochas

Alessandro dell’Acqua leaves Rochas, after six years of his tenure as Creative Director. Moreover, on the occasion of Paris Fashion Week, after the fall winter 2020 2021 fashion show Dell’Acqua told to the media about his decision. A collection that traces the creative stylistic savoir-faire that characterized the long collaboration. The appointment of dell’Acqua came in 2013, the Neapolitan designer born in 1962 had been called to interpret the femininity of the Rochas woman, a maison rich in an important history that develops between French fashion and perfumery.

The wardrobe brought to the catwalk is poised between feminine and masculine to show a timeless elegance, far from the “disposable” concept. Elegant overcoats, lurex dresses, shirts embroidered with crystals, fringed or pleated skirts parade on the latest Rochas catwalk by Alessandro dell’Acqua. A sweet homage to Hélène Rochas wife of the famous couturier, her favourite bat-shaped glasses.

Alessandro Dell’Acqua collection on Pitti Connect

Alessandro Dell'Acqua
Pitti Connect

The Alessandro dell’Acqua SS21 collection created, produced and distributed by the Apulian group Toma Italian Brands was born in a historic period of great extraordinariness.
The palette of natural tones combined with the more decisive one of blacks, grays and reds enhancing volumes and shapes, result of unstoppable research. 

It is the graphic and stylistic details that enrich the jackets with contrasting personalized linings, grosgrain Logo on new trousers and abstract prints give character to t-shirts and sweatshirts. A respectable space is left at the evening product segment. A foresight that the style team and the entire group has dedicated to its customers. In order to shorten distances, Alessandro dell’Acqua SS21 collection will be visible and shoppable, on the Joor digital platform, where 360 videos and photos will obviate the limited tactile perception of the garments, reinforcing the visual one.

AC9 and Nensi Dojaka designer for Alessandro Dell’Acqua

Alessandro Dell'Acqua
Nensi Dojaka and AC9 ss21

AC9 and Nensi Dojaka are the first guest designers of the collaboration project between Alessandro Dell’Acqua and Tomorrow, which comes to life with the SS 2021 season. The two brands, one Italian and the other international, presented to press and buyers in the Garage Ventuno showroom in Milan.

AC9 the initials of Alfredo Cortese. The number 9 represents his roots, his family. After experiences in other areas, Cortese launched its first collection in September 2019. Its aesthetic is linear and clean, with a Nordic attitude but with a strong component linked to the Italian spirit, a hallmark of the brand. Dojaka is an Albanian-born designer, graduated from the London college of fashion. Moreover, during his studies, he did internships with Peter Pilotto and Fyodor Golan . Her style is characterized by being feminine and delicate with bold details such as out of place lines and stitching.

Alessandro Dell’Acqua celebrates ten year of his line N°21

Alessandro Dell'Acqua
Ten Years N°21

Alessandro Dell’Acqua is not a creative who gives up in front of the predominance of the usual, he has always surpassed it and he did so also with this N ° 21 autumn winter 2020-21 collection in which he does not align the first 10 years of the brand’s history which he invented in 2010 but blends them into a revitalizing cocktail of references using a true expert technique the off-scale.

It is clear that Dell’Acqua wanted to “provoke the birth of a new and alternative point of view”, as he said backstage before the fashion show and to do so he started “from a striped men’s shirt. He thought of a woman who lives by adopting a very personal point of view and used the out of scale, which is a method that allows you to displace references, to put together a collection that is composed through elements that appear discordant and create differences.

Oversize clothing

N ° 21 FW 2020-21 collection marks an important birthday, Dell’Acqua superimposes lace dresses on oversized shirts, with an oversized size that does not exaggerate the shapes but keeps it consistent with the proportions. From this oversize conceived with the rules of proportion, the striped men’s shirts born to be worn under another wide shirt in transparent chiffon that ends in a large border of ostrich feathers.

The jackets, cloth coats with macramé bottoms, skirts on which safety pins are applied that form flower corollas. Coats look like oversized shirts, chains that become the shoulder straps of sexy dresses with sweetheart necklines or hold the drapery of those in holographic micro sequins, tight-fitting bouclé dresses, leather-lined fake fur coats, transparent lace dresses with oversized sleeves. Cardigans worked with felted fur stitch and with large feather edges, voluminous tops in ostrich feathers and capercaillie. In short, the N ° 21 FW 2020-21 collection breaks down clichés while remixing the history and image of its project and making it available to the female figures for which it is designed.

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