Stone Island Spring/Summer 17 Collection

March 3 2017
Another year, another Spring Summer season and yet another jaw dropping collection from Stone Island has just landed instore at Giancarlo Ricci. As I made my way to the new look store on Bold Street to preview the new collection I simply could not hide my excitement, I had already seen a few of the new pieces in the Stone Island SS17 lookbook but finally I was about to get my hands on the actual garments themselves! Any new seasonal collection from a major label usually fills me with excitement but as a self confessed Stone Island fanatic the latest seasonal offering from this iconic brand is always the pinnacle of any new fashion season. After passing through Ricci's brand new and hugely impressive denim room I made my way over to the Stone Island section where I was greeted with two full rails of pure garment perfection.
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The first piece to really catch my eye was the new interpretation of the Membrana TC 3L jacket which for me is definitely one of the stand out pieces from the new collection. This season’s silhouette is very simple and immediate and features a central zip closure and flat side pockets with concealed zips. The jacket also has a really neat fold away hood which includes a very cleverly designed and discrete elasticated feature as well as mesh lining, the piece is finished off really nicely with Velcro fastening to the cuffs. Membrana TC 3L is one of Stone Islands true performance fabrics which is constructed from an opaque nylon outer face that is laminated to a breathable, water resistant and windproof membrane all of which is protected by an impalpable polyester base. As with any signature Stone Island outwear piece the jacket is garment dyed to produce an outstanding colour finish whilst at the same time preserving the performance features of the inner membrane. Giancarlo Ricci offer this stunning jacket in a range of eye catching colours, my personal favourite is the dark navy colourway, however the light green version comes a very close second.
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This season also sees the return of the Soft Shell R jacket; soft shell has become a true Stone Island staple and is hugely popular at the moment. As a purist I was a little sceptical when they first came along a few years ago and I have to admit I was a little slow in recognising just how good they really are. The soft shell is the perfect medium between jackets and sweat-shirting that delivers a very clean and neat aesthetic. This season’s version features a drawstring hood with a Velcro strap as well as patch pockets with diagonal opening and a hidden zip, the jacket is finished off beautifully with classic ribbed cuffs. The soft shell jacket offers great flexibility as you can wear it with pretty much anything; it's hardly surprising then that it has become such a firm favourite with the modern day Stone Island customer. Whilst on the subject of sweatshirts Ricci also have a great selection of hooded sweatshirts in-store as part of the new collection, my personal favourite is the sparkly zip through hoody which really stands out from the crowd and offers a truly refreshing and unique take on a classic staple.
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As I worked my way though the new garments like an over excited child in a sweet shop I came across the new marl crew neck sweaters which are constructed from an insanely lightweight cotton blend knit, these come in various colours and offer another flexible garment choice to refresh your summer wardrobe. As part of the new collection Ricci are also carrying a wide range of the new seasonal t-shirts featuring the brands trademark compass prints, my personal favourite is the city lights design which is a real head tuner. As with any new season Giancarlo Ricci have a large selection of the brands signature denims on display that come in a range of various fits and washes, all of which feature the iconic compass badge on the right hand back pocket. The new seasonal collection is on sale now and waiting for you in-store, as always Giancarlo Ricci’s buying expertise ensures that they can meet the needs of the most fervent Stone Island aficionado. Written By Paul Smith 

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