Skirt by No.21
This skirt is from the No.21 resort 2016 collection and I purchased it from Forward by Elyse Walker.
I used to lust over Alessandro Dell’Acqua’s eponymous line while he was officially engaged (the line began presenting collections in 2009 without his approval per a press release he sent to notify industry), so imagine my surprise when I learned that a new line I had also been lusting for was Dell’Acqua’s new-ish fashion endeavor. No.21 was founded in 2010, but only recently has it shown up on every internet shopping site I frequent. The designs from No.21 are very fresh, with Italian bohemian femininity mixed with menswear inspired cuts. His line definitely includes elements of another favorite and easy-to-wear designer that I love, Isabel Marant. No.21 was named for Dell’Acqua’s favorite number and birthday.
I spend every Christmas in Santa Fe, New Mexico with my family and this year I especially can’t wait to be there. In the Midnight Garden an installation by Jennifer Angus at the newly re-opened Renwick, uses southwest hues and includes Dia de los Muertos skull shapes made out of real insects. This installation reminds me very much of Santa Fe culture and style, due to the many individuals in New Mexico with Mexican heritage, and I realized a visit to the gallery could be a quick fix to be in my happy place until I get out west.
To visit this exhibit, I decided I would find a way to combine DC and Santa Fe style; here is the outfit I came up with. I picked desert inspired colors (my skirt), neutrals and added a collection of turquoise and leather jewelry that I have acquired over the years from visits to Santa Fe. I wore this exact outfit, along with this bright blue fringe Gucci bag, to the fancy Gucci grand opening event at City Center this past week.
If I had been in Santa Fe, a lot more fringe, beading and outerwear would have been necessary, but for DC this was the perfect mix of classic and understated boho.
I love mixing runway and artistically inspired elements into my daily fashion. In order to be taken seriously in DC, I encourage you to mix these various elements with classic daily pieces, i.e. a black suit, to have a little more fun with dressing. This is a very appropriate way to be tastefully styled while maintaining more creative elements of fashion important to your identity.