Dell’Acqua Opens First No.21 Store

ALESSANDRO DELL’ACQUA is dipping his toe back into the tumultuous waters of retail for the first time since he exited his eponymous label. The Italian designer has just opened his first store for his label No.21in Tokyo, with several others in the works.

Another standalone store and two shop-in-shops will open in Seoul by the end of February, WWD reports, while the Asian expansion will be ratified by a boutique in Osaka as soon as a suitable location is found.

Suzy Menkes:

As seen in the grainy images snapped by her nanny in New York, the dress worn by 16-year-old Tree – who had a silhouette to match her name – was not a couture concoction. But as she recounts the story of dressing for Truman Capote’s infamous 1966 Black and White Ball, that stretch jersey dress with more cut-outs than cloth left the lonely, awkward, rebellious teenager “dripping with expectations”.

Viewed today “in cold blood” (as the notorious Truman Capote book title put it), the dress does not look so inspiring, even with what Tree describes as “a bare back down to the waist and spaghetti straps”. Her memory of arriving in foul weather at the Plaza Hotel in a maxi coat under a giant umbrella, spotting grand gowns and ermine bunny ears worn in this historic period of tension over the war in Vietnam, is only the start of the story.

Cecil Beaton photographs 14 Aeppli figures, Vogue, October 1972, with Penelope Tree.
Picture credit: Cecil Beaton

As the Hollywood set, New York’s political lions and grand, old-money Europeans were all brought together by Capote, Tree describes being whirled on to the dance floor by the immaculately dressed upper-crust photographer Cecil Beaton.

Miranda Focuses On Her Main Talent

WHILE the rest of the world is obsessing over her love life, Miranda Kerr is shutting out the noise by focusing on what she does best: modelling.

The former Victoria’s Secret Angel teams lingerie with jeans for the 7 For All Mankind campaign, released today, for which one image shows her lying on a bed while male model Jon Kortajarena playfully bites her stomach. In another picture, Kerr wears a white shirt with a black ribbon tie.

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