i love the way his pocket square compliments the color of his shoes. should we go ahead and guess he is wearing green socks to match his tie?
as far as wearing the watch over the shirt’s cuff i think it not only looks great but it is also practical. not that this is anything new. amongst well known figures italian industrialist gianni agnelli and french writer jean cocteau did the same. unlike ‘le roi’ i do not think wearing your watch over the your shirt’s cuff is age-related. it is a matter of personal style.
Magnifico. I could go on about how only fastening the lowest button on a d/b jacket causes an unfeasibly long lapel, but that’s trivial. The shoes are superb, as is the emerald tie. Snr Barbera is a true style icon.
Luciano you are a star. The look is fantastic. What else can you say. Personally I’m not too crazy about the watch over the shirtsleeve, it’s a bit too contrived, but you can forgive this guy anything.
personally, i dont think anyone is above following a couple of the basic rules. i actually have a thing about…finding interesting ways to break the rules, but not more than one at a time. mr luciano has an inherent dignity to him, so maybe he can break two, but come on. that tie with the suit is great. but the pocket square is horrible. and that would be enough…but those shoes. good god. it goes from someone intentionally pushing the rules, to possibly just not knowing any better. its probably not the case…but if i saw this guy on the street, i would not be impressed.
From the very little I have read about Mr. Barbera, he is very much a proponent of individuality. I think his style in this shot supports that fully- he is SO put together, but the little subtleties like the watch over the cuff, the tie/jacket/square/shoe combo- a very complete image, but all his own. I can’t help but admire.
This is how my grandfather used to dress: everything clean, crisp, tailored perfectly. Hair cut, shoes shined, gold watch, just the right cufflinks. I love it when men pay attention to the details and get it right!
I’m no expert on double-breasted suits, but I noticed a few things here. First, has he only buttoned the bottom button? It seems a bit odd and obviously affected. It has created an odd pulling effect at the bottom of his jacket. Second, I’ve noticed that in pictures of both Mr. Barbera and Mr. Modenese, they tend to wear their double-breasted suits with a very low button stance. A low button stance on double-breasteds looks a little off, as it kind of accentuates the gut. Could this be because the suits are 20 years old or so when a lower button stance was more common? Otherwise, Mr. Barbera’s use of colors here is wonderful.
Truly a stylish man. He looks like he’s slimmed down a bit. I wonder if he was showing any cuff with his arms relaxed at his hips…? Looks like he had to hike his jacket sleeves up quite a bit to show the cuff and watch.
I can’t believe how hyper-critical some of the posters have been. Luciano Barbera knows more about fashion and style than probably all of us put together. Suede monkstraps are considered quite kosher in Milan, and as far as the watch-over-the-cuff look goes, it’s because the Italians favor narrow, barrel cuffs that a watch would not fit right under. Wearing it over the cuff is practical. And as far buttoning the bottom button, he probably does it to give a casual look as well as to appear more vertical. And his suit not fitting? Geez.
I think his style is unbelievable. Those that comment negatively regarding this man don’t understand that “quirks” like the lower button and even the folds that come from it, personalize the look, and are true signs of style rather than “copy catting” which many mistake for style.
I love coming here to look at your photos. I may not agree with all the choices made by your “models” but they ALL make me think and improve my own sense of style. I never thought of wearing my watch over the cuff but will now give it a try, if only because some of my cuffs are too tight to fit the watch under them. Keep up the good work!
i think you’re too young to appreciate barbera’s style if you haven’t heard of luciano barbera. if you like “italian preppy” but not the same league as american preppy then you need to start adding luciano barbera to your wardrobe collection. here’s a link for your reference http://www.lucianobarbera.it/EN/home.asp and while you’re there check out STYLE TIPS.
Barbera is an authentic Italian style icon of the old Italian school.
Many Milanese men are ‘fashionable’ though lacking in true style; they take their cues from the latest season’s shop windows. This leads to mimickry rather than individuality, as expressed by Barbera, based on the precepts of classic elegant style.
Here is an object lesson in classic elegance for those able to absorb the subtlies and for any man regularly wearing suits to work.
Italian men from South of Italy (usualy poor people) used to wear their watch this way not to use the cuff of their shirt too fastly. Agnelli was the one who launched this trend. He has been widely imitated.