or renaissance aficionados, here is Stefano Ricci’s Spring-Summer Collection 2016 bringing alive the aura of the era lost to ravages of time.Jackie Manglani, President, Stefano Ricci India, talks to us about the brand’s Indian initiative, its Italian influences, how they cater to Indian tastes, Stefano Ricci’s Spring Summer 2016 collection, and why accessories garnered the best response. “Our philosophy is a bit different” Jackie said, “Our philosophy is a bit different”, referring to the brand’s emphasis on colours, quality and tailoring. Designer Stefano Ricci himself being a nature lover, the summer collection draws its inspiration from the magnificent shades of Tuscan nature. The elegance of Florentine pictorial art inspires the latest collection. The Theory of Colour The “theory of colour” is emblematic of what Jackie called a preference for intense shades and yet not dazzling. Intense gold, delicate peach, reflective mallow, iconic Ricci Blue, turquoise, deep water green; but also white, grey, ice. Jackie said that the collection is rich with the shades of blue as they appear in nature – sky, sea, and ice. Choosing from the colour palette of the great renaissance painters, the shades take an inspiration from the countryside. Red turns brown and becomes intense and refined in its fabrics, knitwear and leathers. More Italian Influences Jackie informed that the video for Stefano Ricci Spring-Summer Collection 2016 was shot at Castello De Sammezzano – a gem of Moorish architecture. It is perched on the hills just outside Florence, with its staggering and kaleidoscopic oriental inventions. Like the castle is filled with intricate symbolism, so is the video symbolic of the collection bringing alive the spirit of the lost age of Renaissance. Jackie said that the French word ‘Maison’, with its radiant vision of a male elegance which is both personal and eclectic, has been a muse figure for the collection. Stefano Ricci in India Stefano Ricci’s first Indian store was launched at The Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai. The brand’s collection varies all across the globe, said Jackie. Catering to the lifestyle of the place the brand establishes itself in is of utmost importance. So, Stefano Ricci is bringing much lighter fabrics in India, he said. From ultra-light cashmere scarves, greatly lightened safari jackets, casual jackets made from a combination of silk, wool, and cotton, and cashmere or lightweight down jackets, cotton trousers, tuxedos and two-button suit jackets, the summer collection has lost much weight (literally, not metaphorically).
Jackie calls Indian men ‘late starter’. He feels that luxury has just begun in India, especially for men, and the following five years are really crucial for Indian men’s fashion industry.
Collection Highlight: Accessories
Jackie was glad about the enthusiastic response Stefano Ricci has received in India, and for him, the highlight of the summer collection is accessories, made of six different types of crocodile leather and calfskin. From the belts, duffel bags, buckles and jewel-cufflinks made of diamonds and semi-precious stones, the espadrilles, the iconic calfskin leather briefcase, sneakers, to the elongated backpack and silk ties, accessories stole the show.
Source of Article: timesofindia.indiatimes.com