No. 21 Fall 2013: Teenage Wasteland

Teenage angst met ladylike polish at the No. 21 show, designed by Alessandro Dell’Acqua.
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Teenage angst met ladylike polish at the No. 21 show, designed by Alessandro Dell’Acqua.
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Teenage angst met ladylike polish at the No. 21 Fall 2013 show, designed by Alessandro Dell’Acqua.

The first look out--a '90s-esque plaid shirt, layered under a cashmere sweater with a contrasting plaid front, matched incongruously (in a good way) with a metallic sequined skirt slit up the side--set the tone beautifully for the show, which played with contrasting sensibilities of grunge and glamor.

There were sweaters made out of sequins and paired with boyish trousers, plaid shirts covered with crystals, and fuzzy sweaters wrapped around the waists of otherwise sleek looks. The embellished, structured peplums, seen on pencil skirts and trousers, were a nod to Dell'Acqua's expert Italian tailoring.

All in all, it was a grown-up take on Nineties grunge, which those who grew up in the decade--as well as those well beyond it--will appreciate.

Photos: IMAXtree