What’s your soap opera poison? Partial to a spot of ‘Enders? or maybe you’re hopelessly hooked on CBB. Here at Grazia Daily, sometimes we wonder why we bother, since the world of fashwan has a storyline with more twists and turns than any fictional scenario. News just in – Alessandro dell’Acqua is back at the designing board, with brand new company N° 21, after losing the rights to his eponymous label in June last year.
In a complicated series of events in the summer Mr dell’Acqua detached himself from the menswear and womenswear S/S '10 collections in a press release, where he let it be know that he wasn’t satisfied with the quality of the clothes and that he had refused to sign them off.
Cherry Grove, the company who owned his label (famous for furs and perfect coats) parted company with him shortly after. Alessandro now had quite a bit of time on his hands, seeing as he’d not long left knitwear brand Malo, and ended his tenure at lingerie line La Perla the year before that.
He’s excited about his new venture – it seems the rest has done him the power of good: 'I looked back at what I did in the past and decided to put the focus on wearable, everyday clothes more than on eveningwear,' he commented. The inspiration for the name came from the designer’s birthday – 21 December (21 is also his lucky number).
Designers eh? It’s all drama with a capital D. Plenty of established brands see designers come and go, but it’s unusual for someone to leave the label they set up under their own name and then stay in the fashion business, with their label carrying on without them . . . or is it? In fact, Roland Mouret, Jil Sander and Helmut Lang have all been in exactly this situation, so Alessandro is in good company.
N° 21 will show its first collection on the coming Milan Fashion Week schedule, and we can't wait to see what he comes up with!
- Naomi Attwood