I don’t know who he is, but I remember even the first picture I saw of him that he was something special. He has such a great eye for wonderful, if sometimes insane clothing. He always looks awesome. Plus I like bald guys. It looks so aerodynamic. And I HATE it when guys try to not be bald when they really are. Confidence is sexy! Being fake is not.
As George Cortina in his own style, Carlo Alberto Pregnolato has his own style, for me they have their sartorial language at the top notch of what is necessary to get to be a person before to be a dressed man.
The 2nd, 3rd, and 6th photos don’t lend towards anything special. His physique tends to carry the day for him and most likely anything he wears. I wonder if the Italians eat better, have good genes, or it’s his smoking that keeps his weight down.
Love his style…so Milanese. I bet he orders a cappuccio! I have been trying to get my husband to copy his style every time you post him. It is so Italian to cover your neck even in warm weather- culpa d’aria, you know. It must have been Aug in the 2nd picture. I love Italian fashion with all its idiosyncrasies, subtleties and aplomb!
Perfect. He chooses classic elements in interesting fabrics or beautiful prints or fanciful cuts and combines them perfectly. A white shirt can be so boring but he knows it keeps the rest of the look crisp and simplifies it. Just great.
Everything looks so comfortable. I will definitely think about dressing like Pregnolato this summa! Yes, “summa”! I am ready for it with arms wide open. But then again, Chicago can be a bit hard to coax into good weather……..
I like how Carlo seems seems to have a variety of sandals and flats. And he’s open to prints…sewers who make garments like men who are willing to wear prints….these men who would lots of distinctive cargo pants and shirts in the wardrobe. The kind that elicits, “Where did you get that???”
I think that the problem with this dialogue is that you are both throwing around terms that are offensive (lounge lizard and pretentious). If you got rid of all the hurtful language, I think an interesting conversation about how context affects how we dress and think about how others dress could develop. Being “so” European in Europe is seen as one thing. Being “so” European in America is seen as another. Context matters. But isn’t this what fashion is all about? The intersection between our public and private lives?
Not really. Content doesn’t matter in the least in this case. Some people like to put in effort some people don’t. Europeans don’t own a calculated look, and Americans don’t own a more laid back look. The proof however is in the pudding. Wether you are one extreme or the other or somewhere in between it either works or it does not. What this guy is doing works and wether he takes an hour to get it together, or puts it on and goes in five minutes matters not one bit.
However I really like Scott(or whoever from the Sartorialist) sticking up for a guy they know. I kind of thought the lounge lizard tag was funny too.
no: i am saying that his personal style is a tad calculated, as is made more obvious by presenting a collection of photos which, taken as a group, lead me to think that the gentleman is trying awfully hard to appear as if he is not trying too hard.
indeed, i have days when i look like an unmade bed as well. just not everyday, and not with such purposeful intent. and rarely in public.
I think that Michael captures exactly what Americans often think about European dress when he says that Carlo Alberto’s dress is calculated and that he is trying too hard. Of course, this works the other way, too. Europeans often think that Americans look like they haven’t tried hard enough. I find everything about how Europeans interact with each other to be much more formal than the more laid back American approach. This greater degree of formality, which in Europe is a means of showing respect, is suspect in America. It is seen as fake. “What’s this guy trying to prove?” seems to be what Americans wonder.
This man makes a lot of things that usually are not sexy, very sexy: shorts, baldness, smoking (although could do without that!), denim cutoffs, cargo pants, sandals. Hot, hot, hot – and love all the little touches like the shirt half tucked in, the cargo pants pulled up. A true original. Love every look.
Carlo Alberto always amazes me leaving me speechless with matching accessories of refined taste and unique. its unique style and tied to his personality, I think that’s what makes it unique but inspiring. Thank you Charlie.
I’m sliding into my 48th year and checking out this site for the first time. Really at a loss as to how a guy like me ‘should’ dress. I’m a freelance photographer and paint in my spare time. Thank you for featuring this fellow – love the looks – reminds me that an older guy can dress casual, and with imagination and dash as well. Cheers.