Alessandro Dell’Acqua’s whimsical Spring 2019 collection was a modern day “Belle de Jour.” Fittingly titled “Bare Essentials,” Dell’Acqua took a minimalist approach, turning the flashiness almost all the way down with simplified couture shapes. “My approach to this collection springs from a desire to bring design back to fashion, so as to attain a more original result, less in sync with the prevailing norms,” says Dell’Acqua. “I used fabrics common in high fashion, from vitrified chiffon to polished eco ostrich, to heighten awareness of technical treatments; and as a way to lay bare structure, this served me in designing clothes more clear-cut of shape. I believe in the rediscovery of make-a-difference detailing.
He opened the show with staple LBD tributes, such as a double-slit pencil skirt and tank top done in satin and PVC-esque oil slick patent leather respectively. From there he dabbled in similar looks in blush pink and nude, but the color palette eventually grew bolder with hot pink, blood red, emerald green and chartreuse. There were faux ostrich feather pieces and netted sequin sheaths were worn over white cotton dresses, pared-down trapeze dresses, boxy neoprene outerwear and a bleach print that kept the collection wearable on a day to day basis.
Dell’Acqua’s choice of footwear was a woman’s strappy sandal dream; Every look was finished with a pair delicate, criss-crossed strappy heels. “Some of them zip open to reveal a glimpse of bare back, and the shoes are very sexy,” he said. “It’s the erotic side of the bourgeoisie.” They of course came in essential colors such as black, white, and a vibrant hot pink. There was even an olive-toned leather pair that was styled with a blood red PVC trapeze dress with a ruffled hem.