THE COLLECTION – There is nothing artificial, unnatural or contrived about the N21 spring/summer 2022 collection.
Giving in to temptation, to open up to unforeseen possibilities and welcome new opportunities that trigger different points of view. The temptation to indulge in a flair for hand workmanship and for bold color, but also for mixing techniques, references and the apparent diversity between ready-to-wear mass production and couture uniqueness.
The N21 womens and mens collection for spring/summer 2022 comes from creative director Alessandro DellAcquas authentic, prejudice-free rereading both of the vocabulary of fashion and of his own professional creative experience.
Knit skirts, dresses, pants and tops feature traditional stitch work, while in succumbing to the temptation of couture, mini dresses take on chiffon shoulder straps and feather borders.
Straight leg pants, too, have feather trim, skimming slip-on shoes with cellophane fringe. Similarly, bodysuits, jackets and micro skirts come in cotton canvas complete with allover crystal beading.
As for the bombers, the womens pantsuits and the mens business suits, all jackets are constructed with six layers of nude color tulle where palm-tree print lining shows through.
Sweaters as well have rich tulle overlays. For women, these sweaters often become bustiers, while knit tops assume a brassire shape and mini dresses play fancifully with sequin fringe. Likewise, knit shorts for men are paired with wool sweaters having shiny crystal beading.
And hand-knit micro skirts alternate with cotton ones sporting slogans. What comes next is a mix of industrial and sartorial techniques that leads to the creation of bias-cut dresses where hidden drawstrings add draping straight from a couture manual.