Italian rapper Blanco, flaunting the pinnacle of fashion, stands unyielding in his VMAN covers and interview, captured flawlessly by the eyes of Steven Klein. Blanco’s connection to fashion, his Italian roots, and his meteoric rise in music tie in an intricate tale that stretches from humble beginnings on SoundCloud to international acclaim.
Few artists manage to exude the potent charisma Blanco carries. When one sees him donning Dolce & Gabbana‘s audacious designs, it’s evident: the oversized trench coat, the luxe suede shearling, and those perfectly tailored wool trousers, all paired with an embellished crop top that screams audacity. This audacious mix, courtesy of Gro Curtis’ styling, paints a bold statement about Blanco’s personal style and his fearless approach to fashion.
From the onset of his debut, Blanco, born Riccardo Fabbriconi, showcased an audacity similar to his fashion sense. Dropping his EP, “Quarantine Paranoid,” on SoundCloud showcased not just another rapper but an artist blending genres. A fusion that wasn’t wholly punk or purely hip-hop, but something in between that seemed to strike a chord with a generation that no longer wanted to be confined by labels. No wonder then, giants like Universal Music Group and Island Records took notice, propelling him to the zenith of Italian music.
His tracks, such as “Belladonna (Adieu)” and “Notti in bianco,” didn’t just make waves; they caused tsunamis. At an age where most artists are just finding their footing, Blanco, a mere 20, boasts of a platinum album and singles. A testament not just to his talent but to a generation that sees and rewards genuine talent and raw passion.
The undying support from his Italian followers wasn’t just a stroke of luck. It’s symbolic of Blanco’s connection to his Italian heritage. This bond manifested vividly when two of Italy’s most iconic designers, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, decided to collaborate with Blanco. Their joint venture was more than just a photoshoot; it was a celebration of Italian culture, craftsmanship, and artistry. Blanco’s profound thoughts on style being the “essence of one’s personality” align with Dolce & Gabbana’s vision of blending tradition with contemporary design.
However, with success and fame comes an inevitable journey of self-exploration. Blanco’s candid chat with the designers unveils a young artist’s thoughts, ambitions, and fears. He speaks of style, of challenging norms, and of seeking authenticity, even when dabbling with edgy fashion. From talks about an upcoming special collection to his inspirations from Italian music icons, the conversation offers a deeper dive into Blanco’s world.
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Photographer: Steven Klein
Fashion: Gro Curtis
Makeup: Kabuki (Kabuki Magic)
Hair: Ward Stegerhoek (Home Agency)
Manicure: Gina Edwards (SEE Management)
Set design: Stefan Beckman (Exposure NY)
Executive producer: Dana Brockman (ViewFinders)
Production Manager: Frank DeCaro (ViewFinders)
Digital technician: Nick Barr
Lighting director: Dean Dodos
Photo assistants: Dylan Garcia, Bryan Tormey, Sam Dole, Roman Caesar
Stylist assistant: Emma Oleck, Carson Stannard
Hair assistant: Brian Casey
Set design assistants: Nic Der, Syavash Jefferson
Production assistants: Mclean Haws, Xabi Macauley
Location: 3 Dollar bill