1. Anonymous

    August 6, 2007 at 9:06 am

    Frankly I believe that his brother, John Elkann, is far better looking: http://www.indicius.it/torpore/torpore_images/bankitalia_2.jpg

  2. Butch

    August 6, 2007 at 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?

  3. Amber Fairweather

    August 6, 2007 at 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 break…it’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.

  4. Anonymous

    August 6, 2007 at 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.

  5. Modou Fox

    August 6, 2007 at 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.

  6. Lynette

    August 6, 2007 at 9:22 am

    I love this idea for the best dressed list!

  7. Anonymous

    August 6, 2007 at 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.

  8. Anonymous

    August 6, 2007 at 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!!!

  9. sandman_gr

    August 6, 2007 at 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!

  10. Anonymous

    August 6, 2007 at 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

  11. Chris

    August 6, 2007 at 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!


  12. ricpic

    August 6, 2007 at 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.

  13. Mudrocks

    August 6, 2007 at 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.

  14. Anonymous

    August 6, 2007 at 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

  15. Anonymous

    August 6, 2007 at 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!

  16. Anne

    August 6, 2007 at 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.”

  17. Anonymous

    August 6, 2007 at 10:30 am

    Where was this shot?

  18. Carolina Lange

    August 6, 2007 at 10:41 am

    Her has such a great style!

  19. ash

    August 6, 2007 at 10:43 am

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

  20. Anonymous

    August 6, 2007 at 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!

  21. Anonymous

    August 6, 2007 at 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.

  22. Anonymous

    August 6, 2007 at 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.

  23. Anonymous

    August 6, 2007 at 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 .

  24. Anonymous

    August 6, 2007 at 10:51 am

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

  25. wildgoose

    August 6, 2007 at 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.

  26. Freddy

    August 6, 2007 at 11:01 am

    What a cheeseball..

  27. Anonymous

    August 6, 2007 at 11:06 am

    LAPO LAPO: he don’t know italian conjunctives!

  28. Randall

    August 6, 2007 at 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.

  29. Zaydoun

    August 6, 2007 at 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!

  30. Alessandro

    August 6, 2007 at 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.

  31. onthecorner.com.ar

    August 6, 2007 at 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

    >>BuenosAiresStreetStyle onthecornerstreetstyle.blogspot.com

  32. jkh

    August 6, 2007 at 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)

  33. deadstenographer

    August 6, 2007 at 11:29 am

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

  34. The Sartorialist

    August 6, 2007 at 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

  35. Anonymous

    August 6, 2007 at 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!

  36. Anonymous

    August 6, 2007 at 11:47 am

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

  37. lintmag

    August 6, 2007 at 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.

  38. Anonymous

    August 6, 2007 at 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 :)

  39. Jingoist

    August 6, 2007 at 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 style.com and you get a feel for him a little too.

  40. Anonymous

    August 6, 2007 at 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.

  41. Anonymous

    August 6, 2007 at 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.

  42. Sal Romano

    August 6, 2007 at 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

  43. Anonymous

    August 6, 2007 at 12:31 pm

    Great idea on the poll!

  44. Iheartfashion

    August 6, 2007 at 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!

  45. Anonymous

    August 6, 2007 at 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.


  46. shoe lover

    August 6, 2007 at 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.

  47. Anonymous

    August 6, 2007 at 1:03 pm

    This qualifies as ‘best-dressed’? Ugh! Cheesy!

  48. Melania Popa

    August 6, 2007 at 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!

  49. Anonymous

    August 6, 2007 at 1:43 pm

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

  50. Anonymous

    August 6, 2007 at 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.

  51. Claire

    August 6, 2007 at 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).

  52. concupiscence

    August 6, 2007 at 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.

  53. easylowdown

    August 6, 2007 at 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.

  54. Alice Olive

    August 6, 2007 at 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.

  55. cordelia

    August 6, 2007 at 2:21 pm

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

  56. Anonymous

    August 6, 2007 at 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.

  57. rmp

    August 6, 2007 at 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.

  58. Anonymous

    August 6, 2007 at 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!

  59. Anonymous

    August 6, 2007 at 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.

  60. Margaret

    August 6, 2007 at 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.

  61. jkh

    August 6, 2007 at 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)

  62. Girl Spy

    August 6, 2007 at 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.

  63. positively the same dame

    August 6, 2007 at 3:56 pm

    two words: beppe, and beppe.

  64. Anonymous

    August 6, 2007 at 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.

  65. Off The Cuff

    August 6, 2007 at 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 easyandelegantlife.com, and have been trying to show on my blog that towns like D.C. have great style – contrary to its reputation.

  66. Anonymous

    August 6, 2007 at 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

  67. Anonymous

    August 6, 2007 at 4:20 pm

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

  68. Anonymous

    August 6, 2007 at 4:21 pm

    è molto affascinante….il vero erede della dinastia Agnelli

  69. Jen

    August 6, 2007 at 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. :)

  70. Anonymous

    August 6, 2007 at 4:56 pm

    his grandfather could dress. he can’t

  71. Anonymous

    August 6, 2007 at 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.

  72. citizen

    August 6, 2007 at 5:31 pm

    wow. that peak lapel looks horrendous.

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

  73. t38

    August 6, 2007 at 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.

  74. Anonymous

    August 6, 2007 at 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!

  75. tn

    August 6, 2007 at 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!!!

  76. lizbon

    August 6, 2007 at 6:08 pm

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

  77. Scrappy

    August 6, 2007 at 6:11 pm

    what terribly PERFECT composition!

  78. Anonymous

    August 6, 2007 at 6:11 pm

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

  79. cflorax

    August 6, 2007 at 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?

  80. Anonymous

    August 6, 2007 at 6:28 pm

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

    – desertwind

  81. Anonymous

    August 6, 2007 at 6:36 pm

    BTW, brilliant photo, Sart. Very revealing.

    – desertwind

  82. The Sartorialist

    August 6, 2007 at 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

  83. Carlene

    August 6, 2007 at 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.

  84. Anonymous

    August 6, 2007 at 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.

  85. David Z

    August 6, 2007 at 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.

  86. Maria

    August 6, 2007 at 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.

  87. jojo

    August 6, 2007 at 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.

  88. Anonymous

    August 6, 2007 at 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.

  89. Anonymous

    August 6, 2007 at 8:31 pm

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

  90. N.O.

    August 6, 2007 at 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?”

  91. Dutch

    August 6, 2007 at 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.

  92. Anonymous

    August 6, 2007 at 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?

  93. Anonymous

    August 6, 2007 at 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)

  94. Anonymous

    August 6, 2007 at 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.

  95. Blaise

    August 6, 2007 at 10:01 pm

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

  96. Anonymous

    August 6, 2007 at 10:01 pm

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

  97. Nadine

    August 6, 2007 at 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.

  98. Anonymous

    August 6, 2007 at 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.

  99. Anonymous

    August 6, 2007 at 10:16 pm

    what’s he doing with his eyes?

  100. SartoriallyAddicted

    August 6, 2007 at 10:34 pm

    Sart, you are right on. The Vanity Fair list is paid for PR…like 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 all…an admission that he needs reassurance from his secretaries. They gave this guy a whole page.

  101. Anonymous

    August 6, 2007 at 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.

  102. Anonymous

    August 6, 2007 at 10:53 pm

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

  103. TravelGretta

    August 6, 2007 at 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.

  104. Anonymous

    August 6, 2007 at 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!

  105. Anonymous

    August 7, 2007 at 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…

  106. positively the same dame

    August 7, 2007 at 1:23 am

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

  107. Anonymous

    August 7, 2007 at 2:10 am


  108. Anonymous

    August 7, 2007 at 2:52 am

    lapo is hot and tiki dresses well for a jock

  109. nele

    August 7, 2007 at 3:31 am

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

  110. Anonymous

    August 7, 2007 at 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!

  111. Administrator

    August 7, 2007 at 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.

  112. rollergirl

    August 7, 2007 at 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?)

  113. el Niño

    August 7, 2007 at 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.

  114. Anonymous

    August 7, 2007 at 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.

  115. don't like

    August 7, 2007 at 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.

  116. Anonymous

    August 7, 2007 at 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.

  117. marco new york

    August 7, 2007 at 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…

  118. jaci k

    August 7, 2007 at 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!

  119. Anonymous

    August 7, 2007 at 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.

  120. Anonymous

    August 7, 2007 at 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….

  121. Anonymous

    August 7, 2007 at 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.

  122. Anonymous

    August 7, 2007 at 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?

  123. Jack Daniel

    August 7, 2007 at 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.

  124. Anonymous

    August 7, 2007 at 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.

  125. Nora

    August 7, 2007 at 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.

  126. Prejudice ?!?!?!?

    August 7, 2007 at 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 ….

  127. Anonymous

    August 7, 2007 at 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.

  128. BonnBonn

    August 7, 2007 at 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)

  129. AFB

    August 7, 2007 at 2:37 pm

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

  130. Victor

    August 7, 2007 at 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 !!!

  131. Anonymous

    August 7, 2007 at 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.

  132. Anonymous

    August 7, 2007 at 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.

  133. Anonymous

    August 7, 2007 at 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!

  134. HRH

    August 7, 2007 at 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!

  135. margherita

    August 7, 2007 at 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!

  136. iopine

    August 7, 2007 at 5:52 pm

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

  137. The Sartorialist

    August 7, 2007 at 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

  138. J^mat

    August 7, 2007 at 10:15 pm

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

  139. D. Kay

    August 7, 2007 at 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.

  140. Anonymous

    August 7, 2007 at 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.

  141. Anonymous

    August 7, 2007 at 10:35 pm

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

  142. Anonymous

    August 7, 2007 at 11:06 pm

    Painter guy, of course!

  143. Anonymous

    August 8, 2007 at 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.

  144. Anonymous

    August 8, 2007 at 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 !

  145. Anonymous

    August 8, 2007 at 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 !

  146. Anonymous

    August 8, 2007 at 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!

  147. Anonymous

    August 8, 2007 at 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.

  148. Anonymous

    August 8, 2007 at 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

  149. The Sartorialist

    August 8, 2007 at 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

  150. Miss B

    August 8, 2007 at 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.

  151. Alexzandra

    August 8, 2007 at 2:18 pm

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

  152. Anonymous

    August 9, 2007 at 9:29 am

    I would suggest Andrea Casiraghi-

  153. Anonymous

    August 9, 2007 at 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!

  154. Anonymous

    August 10, 2007 at 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!

  155. Anonymous

    August 10, 2007 at 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…

  156. Anonymous

    August 11, 2007 at 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.

  157. Anonymous

    August 12, 2007 at 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.

  158. mwade

    August 13, 2007 at 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.

  159. Mastroianni

    August 17, 2007 at 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!!!!

  160. Peggy

    August 17, 2007 at 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.

  161. Anonymous

    August 19, 2007 at 10:05 am

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

  162. georgemma

    August 19, 2007 at 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.

  163. TANITA

    September 11, 2007 at 3:54 pm

    I love you, Sartorialist.


    May 17, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    Lapo one of best dressed…….NOT!

  165. Anonymous

    September 13, 2009 at 7:03 am

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


    PS: I agree with Butch !

  166. Sonny Ortolano

    July 22, 2011 at 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

  167. D.

    August 1, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Just love, love, love Lapo

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  169. Wendy Carlos Williams

    December 19, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    In this photo he looks like Ian Hunter.

  170. omar

    May 4, 2012 at 7:08 am

    Disagree, I think Lapo Elkann is incredibly well dressed! He has that Italian confidence and swagger. Love the lapels, my grandfather used to say “It’s not a lapel if you can’t see it from behind’ these skinny ugly mass produced lapels instantly make a suit look tacky (Ozwald Boateng) He has his grandfather Gianni Agnelli’s Sprezzutura (Agnelli used to wear his watch on his shirt sleeve to signify Zero Fucks Given (not a literal translation of sprez, but the general idea) Go LAPO

  171. Sir Charlie

    May 12, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    I totally agree with omar. I absolutely love Lapo’s style. And more importantly, he’s got that self-confidence, which makes him pull off all his attires. I hate skinny lapels, they look a bit queer to me. It’s like “oh no, I don’t have any fabric anymore, let’s just make the lapels skinnier”. Lapo es ultimo!

  172. josep

    August 24, 2012 at 6:41 am

    I like LAPO!!Have something different.I am not sure If He´s the best Dressed, but have
    the best Hair!!

  173. Bj

    November 30, 2016 at 8:06 am

    He is a total idiot

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