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The clothes of designer extraordinaire Alessandro Dell'Acqua cry out for a red carpet—and they often get one, since Dell'Acqua has become a favorite of Hollywood It Girls. Inspired by Italian cinema of the 1970s—think Sophia Loren and other such va-va-voom vamps—the apparel screams sex, glamour and femininity. Using silk chiffon as his signature fabric and black and nude as his signature colors, Dell'Acqua creates women's wear—and dresses in particular—that flatter the female figure, clinging in all the right places, while moving freely in all the rest. He's also a designer for La Perla, which explains the lingerie-like look to many of his pieces, as well as his penchant for lace, low necklines and other skin-revealing strategies. Dell'Acqua also offers more secretary-chic items, including herringbone pencil skirts, blouses and blazers, but the majority of his clothes—and their wearers—are designed to be noticed. The accessories are no less sexy, with bags featuring antique rhinestones or braiding, and shoes boasting impossibly narrow heels, peek-a-boo toes or lots of straps. With its European-inflected neo-prep look, the sportier men's line shows a bit more restraint, though it remains just as fashion-forward in cut and color.