Sterling Ruby debuted his new brand S.R. STUDIO. LA. CA. with an inspiring collection at Pitti Uomo in Florence, arousing much-deserved cheers from fashion critics across the globe. Through the screen, his collection showed a deftness, a skillset that few fashion designers command with their first outing. Then again, Ruby, whose accrued career-defining exhibitions, is certainly not new to the fashion stratosphere.
He has been a frequent collaborator Raf Simons, influencing and, at times, working on many of the fashion designer’s collections during his stints at Dior and Calvin Klein. And, to be sure, the similarities between these two creatives are apparent, primarily in their fascination with stereotypical—and disparate—facets of American culture; the way they merge styles to form pieces that hint at nostalgia, but are of the now.