Spring 2009 really should have been THE season for Alessandro Dell'Acqua as two of his brand's key design elements, transparency and nude color stories, are springs biggest trends and yet we couldn't help but feel that the collection was just a little bland.
Just as many American designers evoke old Hollywood for inspiration, Alessandro looks to the Italian cinema greats, Visconti, Rosellini, Fellini, to inform his usually strong, raw sensual femininity. His love for the heroines of Italian neorealism has made the collections typically powerful statements of aggressive womanhood.
But somehow this collection felt drained of all life for us. Beige, beige and maybe a little black shall we? Which makes us think maybe like the film community before him he has actually moved on to French new wave. Knits, peasant skirts, slouchy boots, fringed dresses, tied black belts, knee high lacy stockings all felt appropriately disdainful of Right Bank conservatism and just sadly sexy enough to suggest at neurotic French ingenues.