We caught up with creative director Filippo Ricci a few months ago to find out how he was personally dealing with the pandemic as well as the extent to which the situation has affected the family-run luxury business. Like many brands the world over, production had to be halted. It hit even harder for Stefano Ricci, a brand that relies entirely on its Italian craftsmanship and love for the country's rich cultural heritage.
We daresay that no other brand has the same fervour for its home country than Stefano Ricci does. Each collection has been influenced by a part of Italy's known—and at times, lesser known—history, with a focus on the arts, natural landscapes and national icons. There was no whisking away to a beautiful destination within Italy this time around for Stefano Ricci's spring/summer 2021 presentation. It's fitting then that the brand took inspiration for the collection closer to home: Florence.
In a lengthy foreword by journalist and writer Umberto Cecchi, the Stefano Ricci spring/summer 2021 collection lookbook opens with a declaration of love for Florence, interspersed with historic facts about the capital of Italy's Tuscany region. Cecchi wrote: "the Florentines have a sense of independence and public affirmation; a mixture of culture, snobbery, rule- breaking and salvific irony in the face of disaster." It's an apt description of Stefano Ricci too.
'There was a time when everything seemed so easy, then—suddenly—you discover that life is not the same anymore. You wish that the past would never end,' the accompanying video began as a gentleman drove through (in a Stefano Ricci-branded automobile no less) a hilly terrain. Whether it was an intentional allusion to the current situation we're in or merely a narrative for the collection, it's a sentiment that hits right to the heart; Florentine or not.
Look and feel: In our prior conversation, Filippo mentioned that the spring/summer 2021 collection is a celebration of nature, especially after months of being sequestered in our own homes. The 66-look collection opened with a series of blues—taken from the skies above Florence—and deep shades of greens referenced from the city's surrounding greenery. In fact, every colour bore resemblances to the different aspects of nature, culture and architecture that are apparent within Florence.
Tailoring and suiting is pretty much core to Stefano Ricci. But for spring/summer 2021, there's a bit more of that casual air as demonstrated in this year's spring/summer collection. Lightweight knitwear paired with slim-fit suiting (look 21) as well as a knit blazer in cream constructed with patch pockets (look 61), display the brand's commitment to sartorial elegance but elevated to fit the lifestyle of the modern gentleman.
Favourite looks: Look 39's blouson that's a combination of crocodile and deerskin is a fine example of Stefano Ricci's expertise in exotic skins. It helps too that the extreme luxury of that piece is paired with a set of jogging coordinates in a blend of cotton and silk. Wear the jogging suit while lounging around or working from home, and then put on the blouson for quick coffee runs of brunch catchups with mates.
It's hard to resist a full cream or white ensemble; there's just something about the pristine quality to it. And the aforementioned look 61 is the star out of the trio in the lookbook. You could easily trade in the crisp white shirt for a plain white tee and you'd have an excellent look for the weekend. It's luxury but uncomplicated; quality without any notion of uppity superiority.