• Text Alex James Taylor
  • 18th January 2021

Italian soliloquy

When Italian TV series Baby was picked up by Netflix, the show became an instant hit, propelling 20-year-old Roman actor Lorenzo Zurzolo into the spotlight. Yesterday, took on a different form of starring role, fronting Tod’s FW21 collection lookbook.

“A mansion in the countryside – Villa Ronchi in Vigevano, designed in 1936 by Giuseppe De Finetti for the Crespi family. A young actor, Lorenzo Zurzolo, prepares for a role,” read the press release, describing the narrative at the core of the collection dreamt up by creative director Walter Chiapponi. Like the opulent Villa Ronchi, Tod’s FW21 man is one of classicism and artisanal expression. Warm earthy hues cast a 70s backdrop as relaxed tailoring found personality in tweed and wool, while what Tod’s called the “pillars of the wardrobe” alluded to an everyday attitude that is rather more refined than the norm: “the trench coat, the hunting jacket, riding pants and the field jacket.”

The collection came with an accompanying video showing Zurzolo exploring his adopted villa, musing on the fact he’d been completely alone for seven days and seven nights – in this setting, in these clothes, that’s what we call bliss.