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Monday, August 06, 2007

What To Do About Lapo?

Lapo was just named to Vanity Fair's International Best-Dressed List
Now that we have a few years of seeing Lapo's personal style develop, do we think he will become one of the fashion icons of our generation?
You would think inheriting Gianni Agnelli's wardrobe would assure a certain level of style but Lapo still seems very hit and miss to me.

While were at it what do we think of Vanity Fairs Best-Dressed List?

Apparently one needs to make at least 7 figures annually to be considered for that list - I mean, Tiki Barber? really???

Instead of complaining, I have to get off my ass and make my own The Sartorialist Best-Dressed List.

If your name includes Duke of.... or Countess..... or Academy Award Nominee.... then you are automatically dismissed.

Maybe in December I can pull a few nominees and we can do a poll on the blog. The top men's and women's vote-getters are named The Sartorialist Best- Dressed.

Comments on "What To Do About Lapo?"


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:06 AM) : 

Frankly I believe that his brother, John Elkann, is far better looking:


Blogger Butch said ... (9:12 AM) : 

Well this is SURELY a miss, and by more than a mile.

The two-tone jacket; the exaggerated lapel, which covers the breast pocket, but still allows a few pocket square corners to be sadly visible; the contrasting self-buttons; the bracelets on BOTH wrists...but why go on? It's all, well, tacky--including the fact that appears to be holding two cellphones...

PS, who is Lappo?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:15 AM) : 

I'm so proud of you for saying this. I used to buy the issue, but it's always the usual suspects: Sofia Coppola,Lapo...and this year Posh and Becks, Brand and Jolie..come on. Give us a's so insulting. I don't even really buy the mainstream fashion mags any more unless there's a special feature.They're out of touch...I just come here.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:20 AM) : 

Amazing idea, Srt.
I love how you're for the everyday man, great people walking down the street with great style, no matter who they may be.


Anonymous Modou Fox said ... (9:21 AM) : 

Have to say I agree. I was really disillusioned reading the VF best dressed list, in fact I gave up reading it halfway through in disgust. If anything it confirmed for me the fact that this site is the standard bearer for sartorial observation and discussion. After reading this site, the VF best dressed list reads like a thinly-disguised puff piece. For London-based New Zealand farm-boys like me, who actually want to know seven different ways of wearing a pocket square, your site is a boon. It's also comforting to know that here painters can rub shoulders with barbers and bankers--and that style, to a degree, can't really be bought.


Blogger Lynette said ... (9:22 AM) : 

I love this idea for the best dressed list!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:29 AM) : 

I <3 you for this post. Money can help you but it can't buy you style.

that said I like Lapo's style - too often he teeters over the edge but most often he walks the line between great and eurotrash. a line i personally love.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:33 AM) : 

Thank you for the comment about the best dressed list. I was on a rampage the other day at my office because if I had that kind of money, I'd better look pretty well put together. Anyone who has that much money can buy a nice suit/dress etc.

I'm looking forward to your best dressed list!!!


Blogger sandman_gr said ... (9:37 AM) : 

I could not agree more on all of this with you Scott. Go on with the list - we will be happy to help!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:43 AM) : 

I've said it once on this site and I'll say it again.
Nor money nor fame gives you good taste.

Best dressed list- Bah humbug


Blogger Chris said ... (9:51 AM) : 

An International Sartorialist Best-Dressed List is a great idea. Move over Mr. Blackwell!

I've wanted to do one for my town and Washington D.C. for awhile. Just to prove that everyday people can be very well-turned out. Your blog is living proof!



Blogger ricpic said ... (9:53 AM) : 

Lapels: too wide and, although black and blue sometime go well together, this particular shade of blue doesn't work well with the black lapels.
Sunglasses a bit much.


Anonymous Mudrocks said ... (10:03 AM) : 

lol what's funny is I wanted to say you have to be rich to appear on the list, and the list caters towards a certain group & style (but didn't because I didn't want to offend it's readers). so I'm glad you said it.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:04 AM) : 

your best dressed list sounds like a great idea anyone who can afford a stylist should be out as well. Good style should be more personal than what's on the latest rack at bergdorf's


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:11 AM) : 

Please make sure The Sartorialist's Best Dressed List does not include fashion editors either. They get most of their clothing for free as well and they get pieces that aren't even available to the general pub.

The rest of us who shop, pay and make our own choices not based on advertising dollars do a pretty great job as proven here.

My first vote goes to Renata!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:30 AM) : 

Where was this shot?


Blogger Anne said ... (10:30 AM) : 

He is teetering on the edge of hot Euro mess, but it works.

I think it was Diana Vreeland who said, "We all need a splash of bad taste; no taste is what I am against."


Blogger Carolina Lange said ... (10:41 AM) : 

Her has such a great style!


Anonymous ash said ... (10:43 AM) : 

oh do make a list we can vote on! Brilliant!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:45 AM) : 

another brilliant idea and why I tuned into the sartorialist to begin with--to see individual style and creativity--not obligatory trends by professional stylists with kick backs from designers!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:46 AM) : 

I also was not thrilled with VF's list, it was incredibly dissapointing compared to that of past years, but I did appreciate that this year they eliminated fashion industry types from the primary list (although it was annoyingly celebrity-centric). I challenge you to produce a list devoid of all sartorialists involved in fashion and I double dare you to find women who may actually need to work at dressing for their bodies unlike the leggy model types you often photograph.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:48 AM) : 

I believe Lapo personifies the italian version of "go to hell" style. You either take it for what it is or you will end up scratching your head over and over.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:50 AM) : 

Totally agree with "amber fairweather": Mainstream fashion mags are OUT OF TOUCH. And that definitely includes VF when it comes to style.
That is why I,too, come here .
Long live the Sartorialist !
Right now the greatest source of style inspiration .


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:51 AM) : 

Well I´ve never heard of this guy before,but I must say he has lots of hair.


Blogger wildgoose said ... (10:55 AM) : 

Hooray for the sartorialist best-dressed, even if no one in Singapore makes the list, since we're so far far away from the major fashion capitals. :p

Have been reading the blog a while and thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks, Sart.


Anonymous Freddy said ... (11:01 AM) : 

What a cheeseball..


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:06 AM) : 

guys, I like Lapo style, very free and fresh. I do not like his glass though. Maybe he has to dress it because of his new company which is making them.
The bracelets on both arms, you can be reach but still dressing simple things, like those bracelets.
The rest, please, go on with the Sartorialist best dressed list!!! I am looking forward to it!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:06 AM) : 

LAPO LAPO: he don't know italian conjunctives!


Blogger Randall said ... (11:11 AM) : 

Good for you for calling attention to VF's phony best dressed list, clearly meant to support something besides sartorial distinction. Lapo is interesting, and I really want to be a fan, but he dresses in a way that seems to confirm karmic retribution has begun to toll for the unfathomably cruel business practices of his Grandfather. Honestly, he was better dressed before his Lindsay Lohanesque slide into euro naff cha cha boy. I miss his smart business look with the Italian flag embroidered on his shirt cuffs. Whenever I see him nowadays, more than anything else I sense something wounded and slightly poisoned about him, but that could be projection, knowing the family legacy.

So, Dear Sart, when you create your list can we also entertain an action plan for the VF list, so that they may rehabilitate into authenticity? Think of it as constructive criticism. First suggestion for Lapo: Cut that hair. If you aren't willing to, then at least get thee to Harlem or perhaps to Galliano's stylist and learn to condition that mane.


Blogger Zaydoun said ... (11:13 AM) : 

The sunglasses are his own label, with some ridiculous name that I can't recall

Bravo Scott! Couldn't agree more about VF's list. Posh & Becks? Come on! Well maybe Becks sometimes but Posh? NEVER!


Anonymous Alessandro said ... (11:17 AM) : 

I would put myself on the list to be honest, it's too bad you're never in Toronto - you'd see some combinations, I dare say audacious, yet agreeable. As for lapo, I think that he's a nice guy and has done a lot for FIAT, Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Lancia, which are important in promoting Italian image abroad. Not just mandolins, pizza, mafia stereotypes that still prevail, to a very annoying degree, in North America. he may not be Gianni Agnelli yet, ut let us note that Gianni took a while to come into his own also.


Blogger said ... (11:21 AM) : 

i'm so agree with the idea that mainstream magazines are just insulting to many really stylish people style. Your blog is a perfect example of that, and it's inspiring for us.. thanks for that



Blogger jkh said ... (11:23 AM) : 

sure lapo is hit and miss - but lets be honest: that is also the great thing about him. - he werars his clothes like he could not care less and that of course is wonderful. - i saw him in this dubious jacket in berlin and it seems to be his taste of the season. which is great.
as a german philosopher once said: the opposite of 'having style' is not 'having no style' -- the opposite of having style IS `NOT HAVING YOUR OWN STYLE´.
i my book lapo of course has his place for being the torn and straightforward person that he is. - (only his self-designed sunglasses collection irritates me a little i have to say)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:29 AM) : 

Thank you! The man dresses like a crazy person. And W falls all over itself calling him "eclectic."


Blogger The Sartorialist said ... (11:38 AM) : 

Two things
Just to be clear I actually do like Lapo's look in this shot and he was very nice to me in agreeing to move to a different location, away from the other photographers, for me to get the shot the way I wanted.
I do find his recent controversies make him seem more easy to relate to - money doesn't by happiness.

Secondly I would include editors on the best-dressed list because they are not always rich, they have very real sizes and shapes and they battle the same real world/work concerns as everyone else.

The life of a fashion editor is not nearly as romantic as you think - but I'm not complaining


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:45 AM) : 

Lapo's brother is certainly more elegant, but Lapo (isn't he the OTHER Marx brother?) is a lot of fun in a harum scarum kind of way. Definitely, you should do a best dressed list!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:47 AM) : 

rock/movie star tude, " I'm so indifferent to bourgeois fashion, but aren't I cool". Boring.


Anonymous lintmag said ... (12:03 PM) : 

I like the idea of doing a best dressed on your site, Sart. The Vanity Fair had a couple of people I like, such as Lisa Eisner and Anna Piaggi, but many were just so-so. Also, it would have been more interesting to see bigger photos and more details of their wardrobe and personality than just that small corny format.
I think that anyone, fashion ed or whoever, should be a possibility - there are plenty of wealthy people who dress poorly, even if they get free stuff. Money can't buy taste. I do think that having a stylist is out though.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:11 PM) : 

it reminds me of the 'hottest' list People magazine puts out... the people aren't necessarily very hot... just famous
kind of like the VF best-dressed (although I do think Victoria Beckham is very stylish :)


Blogger Jingoist said ... (12:13 PM) : 

Well, if you do hold a contest/vote for best dressed, I recommend using Poll Daddy for your voting method. It's a nice little widget. Of course, Blogger now also has a blog poll, but it's a tad limited. Just a suggestion.

And I agree, Lapo tends to go overboard in his style and often teeters on that edge of eccentricity that becomes fractured or erratic rather than stylish. See his "10 essentials" here on and you get a feel for him a little too.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:26 PM) : 

Here here!! Any Posh and Becks can hire someone to put a nice suit together for them. Shouldn't the best-dressed list salute intelligent creativity and individuality? I stopped reading VF after the October 2001 issue covering the September 11th tragedy chose to highlight "heroes" solely from among the 7-figure earning bracket as well.


Anonymous Sal Romano said ... (12:29 PM) : 

Scott--- I found the comments on Lapo very interesting in a comparative sense.The media portrays him one way an it appears your readers generally have a differant viewpoint.What I like most is when you post any photo that generates a serious buzz. I call that a tribute to your creativity.I think your idea to establish a best dressed list will add greatly to your artistic profile. I want to wish you the best of luck in that effort.Also I notice that your photos are appearing in places other than THe Satorialist. Please send me all web sites so that I may follow your work. Regards, Sal


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:29 PM) : 

I saw the Style.Com list and fully agree with three of those things. One of them is the Alfa 8c. His analysis is absolutely true. he doesn't drive one yet, because deliveries start in the fall, but, any Alfa Romeo will do. You don't need the ultimate to sample the fun and uniquenes of this marque. Alfas go very well with Zegna Napoli outfits, classic, real man appeal.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:31 PM) : 

Great idea on the poll!


Blogger Iheartfashion said ... (12:34 PM) : 

The fact that Posh and Becks made the VF list automatically discredited it for me.
Would love to see The Sartorialist version!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:40 PM) : 

Thanks Sart. The emperor (or Lapo) has no clothes, but that doesn't stop every mag from crowning him the best dressed man alive. His grandfather was supremely elegant, but Lapo bears very little resemblance to him.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:40 PM) : 

I'm with you... "7-figures" and celebrities shouldn't ever qualify... it's much more interesting when someone actually HAS style rather than "HAS BOUGHT" style. There is a HUGE difference.

I'm all for you putting together a Best Dressed list and letting the readers vote.



Anonymous shoe lover said ... (12:42 PM) : 

Lapo was featured in Vogue a month or so ago. I don't know anything about him, and based on that article, he just seems like any young guy would if he were rich as hell and had inherited "style" from his gramps.

I totally agree with the whole celebrity/wealthy=fashionable thing being insulting. That is one reason why I love this blog. Style isn't about what you can buy. I wonder how stylish Lapo and all the others would be on my salary.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:03 PM) : 

This qualifies as 'best-dressed'? Ugh! Cheesy!


Blogger Melania Popa said ... (1:42 PM) : 

I'm so glad to hear you say this!..Bring it on! Its quite refreshing to hear that somone else is sick of seeing rich socialites and royalty get credit for having tons of money and a personal stylist.
Can't wait to vote!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:43 PM) : 

So much to talk about in one post that people are losing sight of what a great photograph this is! Amazing!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:44 PM) : 


You are right and you had the guts to say it - the heir has no clothes! The look here is awful. For creative wearing of a dinner jacket (if that is what this is) he's got nothing on Ralph Lauren.


Anonymous Claire said ... (1:54 PM) : 

He's probably still experimenting with the famous Agnelli style. His grandfather's overarching legacy (fashion and otherwise) can sometimes be burden, no?

Interesting how he has taken shiny fabrics, super-slim cuts + bracelets, adding a feminine note to the jacket. That is something I have noticed a number of young Italian men doing -- they completely embrace sleekness and polished, groomed beauty in their (almost fetishized) look, sometimes adding necklaces and bracelets, too. Slightly in contrast with the preppy, "English" look of some of their contemporaries (like John Elkann, for example, who is more low-key).


Anonymous concupiscence said ... (2:02 PM) : 

Yeah, I'd say he deserves his place in the list. I'm also glad Stefano Pilati, Kutcher&Moore, Sofia Coppola, Anna Piaggi, Charlotte Gainsbourg etc made the list, even if perhaps not exclusively because of their style. But many of the picks are just beyond me. And they do include the Beckhams.


Anonymous easylowdown said ... (2:05 PM) : 

Come now. I thought you were Mr. Democratic. Just because someone's a star or rich doesn't mean they should be disqualified. I say: Good style is good style, mix the proles with the slebs and you'll have a true best-dressed list.


Blogger Alice Olive said ... (2:15 PM) : 

Looking forward to your best-dressed list!!

I agree with your assessment of Vanity Fair's list. It's not just 'the usual suspects' that bug me, it's also flavour of the month as well.

On a slightly related note, I am still extremely annoyed by the recent editorials by Bazaar on Jessica Simpson and by Elle on Lindsay Lohan. I do not believe either of these children have any longevity, professionally or sartorially.


Anonymous cordelia said ... (2:21 PM) : 

Great! That's exactly it. Let your people vote.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:22 PM) : 

I love this idea! The Sartorialist's democratic sense that good fashion comes from all quarters is exactly why I check it every day.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:04 PM) : 

lapo rules! and I am in love!even if sometime he gets a little bit too carried away with colors and accessories... he always shows that style is a personal concept, and he's never afraid of taking a risk when dressing.I love the details, like the italian flag sewn on the wrists of his shirts... such and adorabile eccentrico!


Anonymous rmp said ... (3:04 PM) : 

Tiki Barber is actually quite the stylish man. I commend Vanity Fair on recognizing that.

Hidetoshi Nakata is also an excellent choice.

There were a few questionable calls though, and I agree that Lapo is very hit or miss. However, he has always been a darling to VF, so it's no suprise that they chose him.

Although I don't always agree with it, I much prefer Esquires best dressed men list.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:10 PM) : 

that's why sites like yours is so important! it frees us from the tyranny of mediocrity as exerted by mainstream fashion magazines.


Blogger Margaret said ... (3:16 PM) : 

Thank you for your vision in portraying real life creativity and style--fashion that goes beyond the fundamentals of what everyday people are wearing to how they are creating and presenting themselves. Fashion as artistic expression. I found your blog by first seeing your little Sartorialist Jr., and this blog has since been like daily coffee. Thanks for your ideas, especially this latest Best Dressed List.


Blogger jkh said ... (3:42 PM) : 

what to think about sartorialist?

hey, scott.
pro fashion editors but contra aristocracy!!!???

can i believe what i read there?...

you must be joking!
who believes in labels anyway?!

seriously: i - and everybody else i guess - expects this forum to cut through the facade down to the glamorous essence of style... hairdresser, painter, temp, lagerfeld, slimane, elkann, bismarck, kent... name them! - names do not matter!!

what matters is how you celebrate life and compose your very own statement.

thats what we want to see here. thats what we want to vote for.

(if i may say so)


Blogger positively the same dame said ... (3:56 PM) : 

two words: beppe, and beppe.


Blogger Girl Spy said ... (3:56 PM) : 

This guy always looks like he is trying sooo hard to be cool that he's ends up looking like an idiot. He was in a Vogue spread this summer and I thought he looked like an ass in every photo. He is also supposed to be in his 20s? and he looks like he's pushing 45 to me.

This fellow just doesn't have the same elegance as the older men in the family. Too bad.


Blogger Off The Cuff said ... (4:04 PM) : 

I agree, it actually amazes me that people are paid, and paid well I assume, to have such awful taste when compiling "best of" lists.

From what I can tell, money and dubious fame are all that matter to these rags. Pathetic, really.

Also, I'm with Chris from, and have been trying to show on my blog that towns like D.C. have great style - contrary to its reputation.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:04 PM) : 

his grandfather's suits are nice, the way he accessorizes them, not so much. his casual gear is pretty tacky too. lots of ugly bold prints. Nor do i like his dress shirts on which he has little Italian flags embroidered.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:11 PM) : 

erh where to begin? lapo had his moments, but this ensemble is just nasty. he looks like a cheesy wannabe. did you take this picture sart, because the way it is composed is the only good thing about it


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:20 PM) : 

His brother (prudently) is clothed by
Caraceni of Rome; their granfather's
long-time maker.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:21 PM) : 

è molto vero erede della dinastia Agnelli


Blogger Jen said ... (4:35 PM) : 

I really do enjoy Lapo's style. The spread in Vogue a few months ago showed nicely (IMHO) how he was mixing his newer stuff with his grandfather's classics, which I really appreciated. I think if he only wore his grandfather's things, it would seem like he had no personal style of his own, just the adopted one. So I approve. :)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:56 PM) : 

his grandfather could dress. he can't


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:24 PM) : 

i don't think anyone should be excluded just because of money, celebrity or profession. like many readers suggest, money can't buy you style. look at the hiltons....and editors...i say just because you can pick out clothes for someone else, doesn't always mean you can dress yourself. i do think anyone with a stylist should be excluded.

ps. lapo is so tacky that it's almost stylish.


Blogger citizen said ... (5:31 PM) : 

wow. that peak lapel looks horrendous.

as for vanity fair's best dressed list? why am i not surprised.


Blogger t38 said ... (5:34 PM) : 

I don´t like Lapo style and I don´t understand cause certain people are obstinated in make him an icon of style. Good clothes but nothing else.

Please Sartorialist don´t censure my opinion when I say that Lapo is ugly, ugly isn´t an insult, is a definiton.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:38 PM) : 

Girl's hairdo, tee shirt, white slacks, some wrist trinkets, and a clownish jacket. Yup, looks like one of the worlds best men dressed to me!

This just shows how out of touch with reality Graydon Carter really is. But, in his defense, VF does make for good reading... while one is on the Crapper!


Blogger tn said ... (5:42 PM) : 

Sart - GREAT GREAT idea yes please do create your very own (our very own) Best Dressed....I love your take on real style. Yes!!!


Anonymous lizbon said ... (6:08 PM) : 

Brilliant idea. I look forward to seeing the contenders for your list.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:11 PM) : 

A poll -- yes! -- just please to get the stylish people of Sodermalm in the running!


Blogger Scrappy said ... (6:11 PM) : 

what terribly PERFECT composition!


Blogger cflorax said ... (6:14 PM) : 

You omited my last post for, I think, being so down on Los Angeles and certain retailers. But the VF list goes to what I was saying. The list is more about fulfilling a marketing strategy and currying favor with those celebs-du-jour than it is about celebrating true sartorial know-how. With all due respect to Ms. Brown and her Oxford degree, Newhouse just appointed her the Editor in Chief of The New Yorker.
I mean, come on. Are we really going to let Wall Street Co-opt everything?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:28 PM) : 

You could also have a side-contest where your readers send photos to you. (with contest rules, of course...)

-- desertwind


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:36 PM) : 

BTW, brilliant photo, Sart. Very revealing.

-- desertwind


Blogger The Sartorialist said ... (7:00 PM) : 

to t38
don't kid yourself - ugly is always insulting and I don't understand why you feel you need to call him ugly.

Also I was kidding a little about royalty on the list but I thought it was kinda funny when it seems like every other name on the VF list was Dutchess Von Duke-on-Shire


Blogger Carlene said ... (7:04 PM) : 

I think the best-dressed people probably aren't famous. So...Please record a vote for that guy with the ankle bracelet and bandanna pocket square, and one for the Lilith woman with the shaved head. Oh, and those Kiton guys.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:28 PM) : 

Well said, Sart.

Lapo needs to make a few changes....starting with a new barber. There's a photo of him in the Vanity Fair best dressed issue wearing a black and white tuxedo; for that, alone, the issue is worth picking up. Even Kramer on Seinfeld would not have been caught dead in such a get-up.

As for the rest of the list....Princess Mafalda of Hesse? Princess Alexandra of Greece? Who are these people? (Though we are told in the issue that Princess Alexandra is a "certified child life specialist" -- whatever that might be.)

I look forward to YOUR list, Sart. It's got to be better than Vanity Fair's.


Anonymous David Z said ... (7:49 PM) : 

Why do I keep seeing this guy everywhere? I think his style falls somewhere between ageing spoiled brat and a clown. I see much better style on the streets daily.


Blogger Maria said ... (8:00 PM) : 

best dressed: a popular contest that does not have to do with the taste of the many elites in fashion (there is more than one group of "experts"). By popular it has already allowed a whole set of values into the judgment...I think Mr Lapo is a lucky guy, to have the whole heritage of style on his side (the allure of nepotism). He is cheeky but that is an element on italian style, that is not exclusive to Lapo. Again...the best dressed list has an audience to please.


Anonymous jojo said ... (8:05 PM) : 

To start things off... I would like to nominate Carine Roitfeld, Emmanuelle Alt and Charlotte Gainsbourg for the best dressed list. By coincidence they are all French thin women. But a Best dressed list must have an element of the aspirational as well as the inspirational.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:29 PM) : 

Not to harp on the fashion editor comment but I once worked as a stylist asst. for two very prominent stylists/editors. The amount of free stuff was crazy and I never saw them pay for anything in the several years I worked for them. I would regularly pack up entire racks of clothing to go to their homes from the designers. The level of entitlement was jaw dropping. Both were regarded as real tastemakers but they just copied unknown designer's and asst's styles and claimed it as their own. This is not sour grapes, just a reality check. The showrooms throw clothing at the editors and prominent stylists so there is no need to be rich. It would take nerves of steel not to take advantage of the freebies and I never saw anybody say no. Yes, there are editors that have real style and vision but they are the exception. No disrespect to you intended, but this is the truth.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:31 PM) : 

I LOVE you, sart! I can't wait to see your best-dressed are such a sweetie and you have both taste and soul. xoxoxox


Anonymous Dutch said ... (8:34 PM) : 

Strong work, as usual. By the way, can I ask a question that has always bothered me and that is "Can one be considered best dressed when for all intents and purposes you don't dress yourself, rather a coterie of stylists, and designers dress you".

Anyway, I'm looking forward to your list Sart. Oh and Lappo would get the thumbs down from me. Were this the Circus Maximus he'd be thrown to the wolves.


Blogger N.O. said ... (8:34 PM) : 

Let's let Lapo be Lapo. Being Lapo is what got him at the top of that list, whether anyone likes it or not.

P.S. - It gives me a headache to read negative comments followed by the question, "Who is Lapo?"


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:53 PM) : 

HE looked pretty good to me. Regardless, love your idea for the best-dressed list. While I am a fan of Carine, Emannuelle,etc., etc. I really prefer the everyday lifestyle of women & men that you capture on a daily basis no matter where.... that is real living & portrayal of life. Isn't that what it is all about?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:40 PM) : 

That's a great idea and bound to get you more press coverage. (i would definatly add Emanuelle Alt and Carinne Roitfeld to the list right from the start)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:45 PM) : 

Great idea to start your own Best Dressed List. A suggestion I have is, "can you have one for fashion insiders (retailers, designers, industry staff) and a separate one for all others.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:01 PM) : 

Gosh! Lapo is amazing. I love his style. He is the Original dandy of the XXI century.


Blogger Blaise said ... (10:01 PM) : 

I've seen more ordinary people dress better than this guy.. come on!!


Blogger Nadine said ... (10:03 PM) : 

I would be really interested in your list, Sart, but a poll? Seems like it has potential for nastiness.

BTW, I love your site for many reasons, but the main one is your mad portraiture skillz.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:11 PM) : 

He looks 20 years older than he is. That's a result of his wardrobe as well as his "lifestyle", I think.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:16 PM) : 

what's he doing with his eyes?


Blogger SartoriallyAddicted said ... (10:34 PM) : 

Sart, you are right on. The Vanity Fair list is paid for a high end Page 6. And some other mags are equally clueless. Have you seen Esquire's so called "Best Dressed REAL Men in America." Page 186 features a lawyer in a booring blue suit, with a yellow tie I could buy off the street, with sleeves too long, black shoes and worst of admission that he needs reassurance from his secretaries. They gave this guy a whole page.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:35 PM) : 

I think it would be easy to be well dressed if one has enough money to hire a clothes consultant (or whatever they are called) to put together a look.

The hard part, as you sir capture from week to week via your camera, is to be well put together, and be a personage of modest means.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:53 PM) : 

"I would like to nominate Carine Roitfeld, Emmanuelle Alt and Charlotte Gainsbourg": Funny, I get the nepotism now.


Blogger TravelGretta said ... (11:24 PM) : 

Fashion, like art, is entirely subjective, which makes this site one of my absolute favorites. "I hate the gladiator sandals", "I LOVE the gladiator sandals", etc.
Life would be so utterly boring if we all dressed the same.
Monsieur Sart's photos, however, are indisputably gorgeous. Keep doing what you're doing. Best-dressed, schmest-dressed.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:50 PM) : 

You may be spending too much time in Europe or New York City because all you do is need to turn on some NFL-related programming to see that Tiki Barber is one of the best dressed men in America.

He exudes more style than most of the fey Lower East Side/Euro hipsters seen here.

Same goes for Hidetoshi Nakata. The man is a style hero.

Most professional athletes dress like Becks - too much flash, not enough personal style and it's all about the bling.

Tiki dresses just like Clooney, maybe better.

Each has their own style.

As for Lapo, all the time with the Trannies did him wonders. Best dressed man in the world? Meh!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:11 AM) : 

I love your idea Mr Sart!!!Brilliant!I agree with you!About Lapo's sunglasses: ITALIA INDEPENDENT is the brand. If you go in the website you can also find his blog, but only in the italian version...just for who is curious...


Blogger positively the same dame said ... (1:23 AM) : 

i'm guessing "cheeseball" would also probably qualify as an insult, but it's such a good word.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:10 AM) : 



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:52 AM) : 

lapo is hot and tiki dresses well for a jock


Anonymous nele said ... (3:31 AM) : 

i totally agree.
great idea to do a list on your blog!!!
really looking forward to that!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:21 AM) : 

I think your idea is fantastic! If one has money they better damn well dress wonderfully. Classy creativity on a budget is hard and if someone can pull it off tout le temp they deserve to be on a best dressed list, above anyone who makes six figures. I look forward to seeing it!


Blogger Administrator said ... (5:25 AM) : 

Lapo was in Vogue Homme over here this month, and I have to say I was very unimpressed, the fact that he is bringing out his own clothing line is not good either.


Blogger rollergirl said ... (5:58 AM) : 

I LOVE this idea! Off the top of my head I nominate Sofia Coppola, Celemence Poesy (is that her name?) Alison Mosshart from The Kills, Emanuelle Alt ad Hedi Slimane. (Is that too many?)


Blogger el Niño said ... (6:32 AM) : 

Lapo always has a great style, and is very chic in most of the pictures of him that i saw.

in this picture he's really dressed badly... but we must admit he still have the personality (or the braveness) to wear such an horrible jacket.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:42 AM) : 

Not to be insulting, but to those of you who accuse modern fashion magazines to be out of touch (and I'm not necessarily disagreeing with you there): If you do not know who Lapo Elkann is, I think YOU might be out of touch.

And you approve of it or not, if it weren't for very wealthy people (like Lapo and John Elkann), many fashion designers would not have jobs.

This is why I always get upset when I see people purchasing clothing exclusively from the clearance rack. The only way to keep designers innovative and creative is to pay them for their work.

Sorry--life's not fair. I totally back Scott for a best-dressed list, but if you include stipulations such as, "If you can afford a stylist, you can't compete," and "Wealthy people can't be on the list," then what do you actually have in the end? A group of very creative people who dress well yet lack....something! If that's what you're looking for, run down to the East Village.


Anonymous don't like said ... (8:51 AM) : 

If you think flashy & sordid equals style then he is the king. There's a current in male's fashion that exudes sleaze. D&G being supreme executioners of such current.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:02 AM) : 

I just can´t understand the extreme fuss about this Lapo guy.Take a close look in his eyes and get the creeps.The eyes reveal what you really are.


Anonymous marco new york said ... (9:09 AM) : 

What to do about Lapo? Oh well, I suppose we all should live him alone, considering the very complicated life this person has (fot those who don't know anything, just google Lapo and you will see...).
I suppose picking up a vintage jacket from his grandfather´s wardrobe(at least a foot shorter than him) is not enough to make him look cool...He is lost.

Is there a psicological need of grandpa´s approval wearing the dead guy´s stuff????? Help Mr Freud!!! hahaha...


Anonymous jaci k said ... (9:15 AM) : 

If I had a ton of money, I am sure I would have amazing style. I am pretty much a pauper that makes some of her own stuff and i get complements all the time. style is an instinct like any other. thanks sart!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:28 AM) : 

is that jacket actually the top half of a midnight blue tuxedo? like they used to wear in the old days? gianni agnelli's tux? if so, i'll bet it looks a lot better with it's matching pants, a black bow tie, two tickets too the opera and a bottle of champagne. not so sure about it here, though.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:55 AM) : 

We need to make a difference between Lapo on a magazine, and Lapo on real life...I saw him around several times, I really can't say he has good taste....


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:25 AM) : 

Scott: Have you looked at Tiki Barber over the years? He's always fabulous, in perfectly tailored suits, spread collars and windsor knots. He's equally appealing in casual fare. Pay attention, if you have not already.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:31 AM) : 

While I think Carine Roitfeld is a woman with astonishing taste, she is also blessed with a fortunate figure - and, most importantly, a job which gives her unlimited access to all the clothes she could ever want to wear. This doesn't equate with style. Style is not about wearing head-to-toe Balenciaga for the forthcoming season (nor indeed any other label). Who wouldn't be fabulously dressed when they have free access to anything they want and the body to make it work?


Blogger Jack Daniel said ... (12:05 PM) : 

Regular people, who can be found on the streets, are better dressed than 'celebrities'. Because ALL fashion styles are born on the streets; picked up by people with money who don't have their own style.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:08 PM) : 

This is the most bitter post you've ever made. Just because they didn't choose you, you don't have to whine about it. VF is all about royalty, so take it or leave it. Either way, get over yourself.


Blogger Nora said ... (12:10 PM) : 

Personally I love this look. I know it's over the top, but I think it fits his personality so well. It's rakish and dandyish. In a way I'm reminded of Princess Diana - she wore truly atrocious outfits quite often, but it was all clearly about being expressive and illustrating some ideal. The verve is what sticks out and provides the charm.


Anonymous Prejudice ?!?!?!? said ... (12:24 PM) : 

Good Style is Good Style

Prejudice about someone's income or Class should not include or preclude

This is about fashion , not fashion only for the one's who are ______ ..... or is it ?

Where do we draw the line ?

Race ......
Religion ....


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:26 PM) : 

Scott I would support your idea to start your own best dress list, but I don't see what you would do differently from vf, to be quite honest you highlight the same class of people vf does fashionistas,fashion professionals and industry types who have access to and can pay for high fashion. Here's an idea , how about a best dress list that is more inclusive than the heavy Euro and US style of dress and have submissions from all corners of the world that heavily influence the fashion industry.


Blogger BonnBonn said ... (12:47 PM) : 

jctMy personal nominations for the bessed dressed list:

Lou Doillon (okay, so her sister topped VF's best dressed list, but Lou is far more of a fashionista than Charlotte, if we're honest about it)

Bay Garnett (quirky cool)

Kristin Scott Thomas (oozes sophistication and the sort of style that this blog seems to love)

Mario Testino (who I know is this bigshot fashion photographer, but he always looks so fantastic himself)


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Anonymous AFB said ... (2:37 PM) : 

my nomination for best dressed is albertina marzotti as recently featured by the sart


Anonymous Victor said ... (3:22 PM) : 

Hey Scott,

The VF issue just came out here today and indeed a very boring and dissapointing list it is.

Do go ahead with a Sartorialist best dressed list I know it will be a 100 times more inspiring !!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:49 PM) : 

Sart I think most of the people in VF should not be there, how can they these people have great style when they only look good for the red carpet- some times. In my opinion the the best dress list is the stupidest thing ever but if there most be one it should have military men and women(army, navy,marines) and police officers, because there cloths fit well for every aspect of there working life, there always well groomed and physically fit something most star can not do even with there high price stylist , free cloths and trainers. Have you ever seen a guy in a uniform that didn't look great.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:04 PM) : 

I actually love your blog, but I have to agree with a previous poster abt. your coverage of industry insiders. I mean, yes, these people have great clothes, but it's like their job and they get them for free. Your coverage of civilians (as opposed to professionals) is so much more interesting, inspiring, etc.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:10 PM) : 

Don't you think your blog already functions as a list, in a way? If you must do a list, then tell us what you think. Democracy isn't always a virtue. Let us know what you think and we'll comment on your choices... actually, your choices may be predictable: we can just go through all the pictures you took in 2007 and see who you took the most pictures of... Carine Roitfeld will top the list? BTW, I'm really happy to -not- see pictures of Sofia Coppola, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and other "usual suspects" on your site. WELL DONE!


Blogger HRH said ... (4:48 PM) : 

I have to say that Lapo is a miss. He also claims to be the inventor of the track jacket worn under a suit jacket????????

As for best dressed, my granddad, you could see your face in the shine of his shoes and he could hug you so tight have a wrinkle would not think of touching his jacket!


Anonymous margherita said ... (5:34 PM) : 

It's a marketing campaign started by Fiat to relaunch Lapo's image after the "accident" happened 2 yrs ago. In Italy Lapo is in every, I mean, every news about style and women!


Blogger iopine said ... (5:52 PM) : 

I've seen people in your street scenes of France and Italy that look better.


Blogger The Sartorialist said ... (8:31 PM) : 

you guys really have to stop the whole "editors get their clothes free" rants

again even free clothes are not going to make you look good.

When I was at Valentino I got free clothes as part of my salary but i didn't want them - it was the job I had at the time but i didn't really want to wear those clothes


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:15 PM) : 

even though the list may be flawed Hidetoshi Nakata is legit !!


Blogger D. Kay said ... (10:26 PM) : 

Let's not exclude just because they're famous. I endorse Andre' 3000.

"Make your mama proud, take that shirt 3 sizes down!!!" Any rapper that can say that in 2007 bucks the public opinion and deserves a second look for his individuality.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:31 PM) : 

I have to say that he scares me. It is just too much for me to appreciate. I dont connect with him at all.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:35 PM) : 

honestly... the only list that counts is GQ.... Esquire disappointed me with that foolish list 2... Tom Brady?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:06 PM) : 

Painter guy, of course!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:08 AM) : 

Ah, it's all about Fiat gearing up to launch again in the U.S.

That being said, give old Lapo a break. He's a blast. I think he might be having fun getting dressed in the morning (or midafternoon..), which might be a goal for all of us.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:18 AM) : 

Controversy, controversy, that is what it's all about when we talk about Lapo Elkann.
Being italian I have a soft spot for him, he is young, and he has been exposed to a certain kind of lifestyle and to different cultures, he is the "quintessential" rascal.
Long Live Lapo !


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:19 AM) : 

Controversy, controversy, that is what it's all about when we talk about Lapo Elkann.
Being italian I have a soft spot for him, he is young, and he has been exposed to a certain kind of lifestyle and to different cultures, he is the "quintessential" rascal.
Long Live Lapo !


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:29 AM) : 

This particular image does Lapo no justice. He oozes charisma and style, without being too far out of reach for the "everyday" man. Great range of sunnies! I would love to eat this man up. Delish!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:42 AM) : 

I like Lapos style.
I don´t care if he is rich or poor.
Fiat heir or not.
Wide lapels or no lapels I like the way he looks and behaves !
Do hope he stays off drugs.
Wish him all the best.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:50 AM) : 

"You guys really have to stop the whole 'editors get their clothes free' rants"

Why, Sart? They do. And not 'just' from Valentino, but from everywhere. I write this as a fashion editor; I know what it's like to have the bag of the season, the hot pair of shoes, the fabulous frock, all for free and before mere mortals (supposing they could even get on the waiting list).

Sure not every fashion editor is going to be on a best dressed list, but it's ludicrous to think that normal rules of style apply to the likes of Carine Roitfeld


Blogger The Sartorialist said ... (7:26 AM) : 

for Anon 6:50am
As soon as you mention Carine you ruin your argument because she is the top of Paris Vogue - of course her rules are different but I shoot a lot more levels of editors than her.
Name one industry wear the top top levels don't get perks like that

And again getting free stuff doesn't mean you can put it together and wear it well - I can think of several top top editors and retail executives that I have never shot.

Look at the young pixie-ish girl that I shot at Armani last time - she is a HUGE hit on this site and she is a low to mid level editor and I never see her in the "it" items but she is a star here.

Food doesn't cost much, really, but how many of us are really good cooks - usually only the ones that really want to be


Blogger Miss B said ... (8:21 AM) : 

I think he's got his own high low thing going on, and it sorta works for him. In the end, its about expressing yourself. Maybe not best dressed list material, but he's being himself and he's owning it. Can't wait to see your best dressed list, though I'd love to see some women who are bigger than a size two.


Blogger Alexzandra said ... (2:18 PM) : 

I think that you should develop a Sartorialist Bested Dressed list. Do it! Do it!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:29 AM) : 

I would suggest Andrea Casiraghi-


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:59 PM) : 

I have no idea who Lapo is (obviously I read the wrong mags, or live in the wrong country) but he looks self-consciously eurotrash-y in this shot. But is it the pose? And does he do it with a sense of humour?

As for the Sart's best dressed list: what fun! I quote anon 10:46am : "I double dare you to find women who may actually need to work at dressing for their bodies unlike the leggy model types you often photograph."


Please, let's see some plump women. I mean 'plump', not the tiresomely ubiquitous and ambiguous term 'curvy'. You can be curvy, but slim (hourglass figure, anyone?). Let's call a spade a spade: there are people who are simply and unhealthily over their recommended weight for their height, BUT they can still be stylish!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:18 AM) : 

I agree that the VF list was absolutely ridiculous on all points. I especially enjoyed seeing Michael Roberts (the Fashion/Style Director of VF) on the list. Did he nominate himself? I mean this has to be the Worst Best Dressed List ever. I think it's time you did your won for sure!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:04 AM) : 

this time i don't agree with you Srt.
i think lapo is one between the most well dressed man nowadays.
but i totally agree with the idea that the everydayman can be better dressed than a count or a lord...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:30 PM) : 

I adore the Vanity Fair Best-Dressed list for the same reason that I love Vanity Fair, because it seems to be nothing to do with real life and at the same time everything to do with it....
Of course everyone knows 100 people chic-er than George Clooney but he is, after all, George Clooney and we all like to look at (slash masturbate over) pictures of him.
This museum-piece webpage is brilliant and fun but the obsession with the aristocracy and the money-makers has its place and it's a pretty huge place - it's Vanity Fair Magazine.
Having said that, I never got the obsession with Lapo Elkann, he's not Gianni and he's not David Beckham - he's somewhere in between and that places him squarely in the middle of the hugest sartorial demographic in Italy - the eurotrash. I'm sorry but I don't see a fine line being walked anywhere.

Roll on the Sartorialist Best Dressed List.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:22 PM) : 

I really love Amber Fairweather's comment. How true. I still buy the magazines (Vogue, Bazaar), but, as odd as it seems, I rarely see "style". Too contrived, and obviously marketed. The best looks are here. I get to choose, and the individual interpretations on your site are terrific. Keep it up.


Blogger mwade said ... (12:06 AM) : 

this is probably the worst shots of Lapo I have ever seen. He is typically a bit much for most Americans but all in all, a very stylish man, from very stylish genes. However, I agree with most everyone else, that it would be nice to see people who don't have a million dollar budget on VF's best dressed list, but that wouldn't sell a whole lot of copies. Thank God I have somewhere to go daily to get my fix of truly fashionable people.


Blogger Mastroianni said ... (11:44 AM) : 

What is it this obsession with lists, rankings, ratings, polls... Guys, fashion should be about bringing to an evident level your uniqueness, and elegance means doing it according it to the different social situations you're in. A list implies the comparability, which I refuse when we talk about people's creativity. Lapo has a style of his own, even if I wouldn't see myself in it, and this is already a breath of fresh air for menswear (not many male fashion icons today, uh?). and the composition of the picture? LOVE IT!!!!


Blogger Peggy said ... (1:39 PM) : 

What a wonderful discovery, thanks to the September issue of Elle Decor. I shall be anticipating reading the entertaining and crisp writing often.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:05 AM) : 

just rich (but thanks to his family). not stylish at all.


Anonymous georgemma said ... (5:07 PM) : 

Re VF: No one has mentioned the fact that Anna Wintour's daughter, Bee, a Columbia student, was on the list. That is every bit as ridiculous as some of the other names people here have objected to. This is further justification for the smugness that I feel about fashion magazines. I have let all of the subscriptions lapse except for Vogue (well, I have been reading it since I was 15 and I am now 54. Some are just too hard to give up!) and now exclusively read Scott's blog.


Blogger TANITA said ... (3:54 PM) : 

I love you, Sartorialist.


Blogger G.S.GUCCILIFE said ... (7:48 PM) : 

Lapo one of best dressed.......NOT!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:03 AM) : 

Two tones doppiopetto jacket, with t-shirt ?
Ten bracelets ? Oh my god!

PS: I agree with Butch !


Anonymous Sonny Ortolano said ... (7:30 PM) : 

I think the reason Lapo and Giovanni were always considered the most stylish has little to do with what they wore, and everything to do with how they wore it. Lapo looks more comfortable dresses as a lawn flamingo than most men look in anything they own. Style is confidence.


S. Ortolano


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