Now in its third season, Francesca Ruffini’s F.R.S. is fast establishing itself as the go-to label for pajama suits that marry comfort with the finest Italian craftsmanship.
Derived from her monogram, the initials also stand for the name of the line, For Restless Sleepers. The fall collection featured prints including autumn leaves rendered in a textural jacquard; geometric designs inspired by Native American textiles, and images of fine jewelry including bee brooches and serpent bracelets.
“Actually, I collect old jewelry from the Forties and Fifties, and this kind of jewelry is my big inspiration,” Ruffini said at the label’s presentation, held in the sprawling Milanese pied-à-terre she shares with her husband, Moncler chief executive officer Remo Ruffini.
The models wore some of the jewels from her private collection as they lounged in outfits with an opulent feel, thanks to fabrics including quilted velvet, jacquard lamé and silk twill, all sourced in Como. The inky palette had Oriental overtones, a nod to Wong Kar-wai’s films “In the Mood for Love” and “2046.”
A version in plain black silk with shiny lapels was the pajama-world equivalent of a tuxedo. That’s one way to take the stress out of awards season.