MILAN — Alessandro Dell’Acqua has added to his already full plate.

Besides his signature line and the Borbonese collection, Dell’Acqua said Tuesday he will design the La Perla ready-to-wear line, starting with next fall’s collection. Dell’Acqua replaces Icelandic designer Steinumm Sigurd, whose debut rtw collection for La Perla — the brand’s first — hit the runway during fashion week here in October 2001. Anna Masotti, daughter of Alberto Masotti, chairman and owner of La Perla, remains fashion coordinator of the line.

"I could not refuse this opportunity," said Dell’Acqua in a phone interview. "The temptation was stronger than all the work I already have." The designer said he has always been attracted by innerwear.

Dell’Acqua is known for his steamy chiffons, sky-high stilettos and lace tanks. Transparencies and boudoir items have often been staples of his own collection. "I feel La Perla is close to my own fashion," he said, but added that he does not plan to show any bustiers or bras for his first La Perla collection. "It will be feminine and sensuous, but for a contemporary woman — with no retro elements."

The designer said the Masotti family supported his other engagements. "There is no conflict: La Perla is very different from Borbonese," Dell’Acqua said. Still, Dell’Acqua will be in charge of three runway shows each season. "We’ll have to space them out," he said.

La Perla was founded in Bologna in 1954 by Ada Masotti, Alberto Masotti’s mother. Sales were $236 million in 2001. La Perla opened stores in Miami and SoHo in September and is planning a Hong Kong opening next year.

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