Tuesday, March 4, 2008

The Italian Style Council (backstage in Paris)


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  1. Anonymous

    March 4, 2008 at 10:47 am

    The gentleman on the right is so perfect that it makes the man on the left look appealingly…human.

  2. Kyle

    March 4, 2008 at 10:50 am

    It’s nice to note that both have the buttons on their jacket sleeves partially undone.

  3. Anonymous

    March 4, 2008 at 10:59 am


    This is why I love all things “Made In Italy”!

  4. DiamantCarat

    March 4, 2008 at 11:01 am

    so so so so chic !
    A l’italienne !

  5. Anonymous

    March 4, 2008 at 11:52 am

    Why does this look like a still from a Fassbinder film?

  6. The Hundred Dresses

    March 4, 2008 at 12:01 pm


  7. Anonymous

    March 4, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    I love the “Don’t mess with me” pose from the guy on the right. Super bad ass.


  8. Anonymous

    March 4, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    Not really feeling this look.

  9. chaos

    March 4, 2008 at 12:44 pm


  10. Laguna Beach Trad

    March 4, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    Beautiful. I love the suits here. Note the working cuff buttons, some of which have been left unbuttoned (a faux pas according to some people; I don’t agree). Khaki suit and knit tie. I like the slightly haughty expression on the chap on the right. Superb photo.

  11. MensFlair

    March 4, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    This is the Italian style as we love it!

  12. midwesternsartorialist

    March 4, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    At first glance I thought the guy on the right was wearing a cape and I was reminded of the Seinfeld episodes about the cape-wearing man (Larry David). “Who wears a cape?”

    Then I realized it was, in fact, not a cape, so I think he looks much better, though I’m not digging the double-breasted jacket he’s wearing. It makes his torso look to big for his legs.

  13. Anonymous

    March 4, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    That man on the right is perfect. Perfect, perfect. I plan on putting his picture up in my bathroom as inspiration of who I am dressing for…you know, just in case I run into him on my way to work.

  14. angie

    March 4, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    OMG it’s him again! I am bound to fall in love with Mr Marzotto :D

  15. Anonymous

    March 4, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    a little too slick on the right?

  16. Anonymous

    March 4, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    This is sooo nice! They know they look good, and they┬┤re proud of it.

  17. Anonymous

    March 4, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    Not everything is really perfect as it seems.

    Leaving the sleeves of the suit partially unbottoned is a typical Italian attitude to show that the suit is tailor made (you could not do the same with suit bought in a shop. Usually showing off is not elegant.

    The man on the left has a waistcoat that is entirely buttoned. This is not stylish: the uppest and the lowest buttons should be left unbottoned.

  18. Anonymous

    March 4, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    I love these men! Why don’t they (or their equivalents) ride the train in San Francisco?! It would be so great to see them every morning.

  19. Anonymous

    March 4, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    Looking for Mr. Right? Nah, I much prefer Mr. Left:-) Look at those eyes, smile and laughter lines;-)

  20. Anonymous

    March 4, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    The red square injects the right rakish note. Anything else would probably be too northern.

    The signore is still at Valentino?

  21. Jessica

    March 4, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    Italian perfection. Why can we have these type of men in my town?

  22. Anonymous

    March 4, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    Anon 2:41

    “A typical Italian attitude” is leaving buttons undone? There are plenty of people who do this, not just the 2 Italians in this photo. But I agree the buttons should be left buttoned so as not to look as if one is showing off.

  23. Anonymous

    March 4, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    They remind me of a 1970′s JC Penney ad campaign (in stance)! Just switch the outfits for something more polyester…and take away their slightly smug “I’m wearing bespoke Italian garments” expressions.

  24. Anonymous

    March 4, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    The gentleman on the left is Matteo Marzotto, he works for Valentino, and was postes on this blog for a couple of times

  25. Mary

    March 4, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    i am w. you, anonymous! i’d LOVE to see these guys on muni some morning. please teach the men of san francisco how to dress. please!
    i’m really digging the khaki outfit.

  26. On Your Left

    March 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    Sometimes I lose hope here in Boston because I never see men in such perfection! Either their pants are too big for them and their jackets aren’t tailored…but these men give me hope!
    Maybe I should just move to Italy…or NYC. Heh.

  27. Anonymous

    March 4, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    Their respective choices of ties is so understatedly brilliant. Navy knit for the single breasted khaki suit, and grey glen check for the slate blue double breasted suit. Bellissimo. Encore.


  28. tintin

    March 4, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    I think it’s ok to show off your working buttons. But just one. What’s with two? They look a little “Jet Trash” to me but then I’m a hick. You did capture a great moment regardless of what they’re wearing.

  29. Anonymous

    March 4, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    It is interesting to see how people who are not models look when no expense is spared on clothes and grooming. Splendid, indeed.

    Also, this image heightens my appreciation for anyone who looks great on a small budget.

  30. Anonymous

    March 4, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    Are those Kiton suits? The one on the left I’m guessing is…

  31. Anonymous

    March 4, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    Which one is Paul, which one is Mick?

  32. harryrabbit

    March 4, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    Interesting photo, there’s a lot one could talk about. Gentleman on right is beautifully dressed, i love the way he’s wearing his coat in the manner of a cape. Laguna Beach Trad – take it from an English woman it is only correct to unbutton one’s cuff buttons in preparation to roll up one’s sleeves in order to do a job of work: such as assist the chauffeur change the tyre on the Silver Ghost.

  33. tomassocroccante

    March 4, 2008 at 6:47 pm

    I’ve been to other trade gatherings (industrial design, fine food exports) where Italians are in force, and it must be said that not only those in the fashion biz are turned out this smartly. There is a generally high level of sartorial style and refinement – or at least moreso than you’ll notice in most national contingents. And without detracting in any way from the sriousness of the work!

  34. Anonymous

    March 4, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    Can someone tell me who the gent on the left is? So perfect, so “man”. I’m a woman and that is quite a feat, what is it that makes men so…”man”…

  35. Anonymous

    March 4, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    that lapel on the right just kills me! I love how bold it is

  36. cigalechanta

    March 4, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    Oh my! Can’t figure which one I love. Both are different style and looks. I lean towards the one on my left who seems more laid back,
    I love the vodka ad that features you on this page. Wonderful!

  37. Lucy

    March 5, 2008 at 3:58 am

    What a showstopping photo! I’m amused by the sniping comments (not stylish because the buttons are done up/ not done up). Whatever! Yes it’s flash, brash, and takes loads of cash, but what an inspiration….

  38. Anonymous

    March 5, 2008 at 4:57 am

    Think this is the best of Marzotto we’ve seen on this site. He looks clean, refined, sort of perfect. It’s a wonderful outfit which is by no means understated. I didn’t know the decorum of not unbuttoning the cuff buttons, but if I had a suit with functioning buttons like that, I’d unbutton them, just because. Screw that everyone thinks I’m showing off.


  39. suzannemarques

    March 5, 2008 at 7:51 am

    the one on the right, wowza from head to toe. i like the fit of the suit on the gentleman to the left.

  40. Nelson vH

    March 5, 2008 at 7:52 am

    Well, honestly…
    These gentlemen might be dressed faultlessly, but also a bit boring for my personal taste.

    To have one or two buttons undone at the cuff can be cool (if its a look where you wouldn┬┤t expect a tailormade garment) but in this case I┬┤d say its “showing-off” way tooooooo much! Not a very dandyeske attitude!

    Sorry ;)

  41. Anonymous

    March 5, 2008 at 8:35 am

    Mr. Marzotto does not WORK for Valentino, he rather OWN Valentino fashion house (and some other italian brands as well).
    No wonder he’s always so smartly dressed.

  42. Anonymous

    March 5, 2008 at 9:51 am

    I agree with 2:16 that maybe they seem a little too slick. I like the cut of the clothes though. As for the buttons I cast my vote as follows: Leaving the sleeve buttons undone is silly, and leaving the vest buttoned is fine. The vest unbuttoned rule is really just a trademark of the Eng. upper crust, and if one does not belong to that group I don’t see why that rule should apply.

  43. Anonymous

    March 5, 2008 at 10:17 am

    for some reason this looks so 90′s

  44. Anonymous

    March 5, 2008 at 10:32 am

    Mr Marzotto is a bit too perfect, even down to the pose. It seems somewhat pretentious.

    It doesn’t work for me.

  45. Anonymous

    March 5, 2008 at 10:52 am

    Just a little post on behalf of thise two gentlemens.

    The arm bottons are undone, just because theylike it like that, no matter if we agree or not… that’s why we’re writing here why they probably do not even know to be featured in this amazing blog.

    The guy on the left is the husband of Consuelo Castiglioni(designer of Marni) , and, for sure, he goes to a taylor and not to any brand we would know(kiton or anything else) and even less a gentlemen reveils where…
    As for mr. Marzotto, he was born rich and he’s also the owner, by the way, of Valentino.
    I just think he poses to mouch.
    Anyway the italian elegance is almost effortless and no italian bother so mouch as americans abot brand and prices, because they know you can’t buy elegance neither style, not even on this blog!
    Ciao belli

  46. Anonymous

    March 5, 2008 at 11:30 am

    So sexy! I can feel their confidence.

  47. McTickle

    March 5, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    The dude on the right looks like he could kill someone with a sharp glance. Snazzy!

  48. bro brummell

    March 5, 2008 at 4:40 pm


    They should be drawn and quartered. WHERE did anyone ever get the idea that that was appropriate?! I continue to be baffled.

  49. Anonymous

    March 5, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    love the little big of red peeking out his pocket. it’s like his personality – bursting to get out.

  50. Bella07

    March 6, 2008 at 12:21 am

    boring shmoring, they are italian classy men. I don’t think a movie could of portrayed “the italian style council” better than those facial expressions and folded arms, and that coat of his shoulders.
    Italian men do classy best.

  51. Anonymous

    March 6, 2008 at 12:51 am

    love love love!

  52. Anonymous

    March 7, 2008 at 1:45 am

    I could not more with ANONYMOUS 10:47am. he sums this photo up succinctly.

  53. Anonymous

    March 7, 2008 at 5:20 am

    the one on the left is the husband of Marni designer Consuelo Castiglioni, (I can’t remember his name) also the owner of a major fur producer in Italy. And on the right is Matteo Marzotti, who’s family company owns quite a number of Italian brands.

  54. tomassocroccante

    March 9, 2008 at 3:59 am

    I wouldn’t get too knotted up about the “pose” – questi signori didn’t put on those faces for Scott, I would wager. Scott caught them in a moment – one is amused, the other bemused, probably by the same sight. I love that.

    I’ll bet $10 that neither is thinking about his vestimenti at this moment …

  55. Anonymous

    March 10, 2008 at 12:28 am

    Italy in Paris? That’s a lot of chicsass, I nearly got whiplash from it

  56. Thomasd

    March 10, 2008 at 10:50 am

    Perhaps it’s just the overcoat obscuring the rest of his suit, but Mr. Right’s jacket seems to be a bit big–look at the bottom; it’s baggy.

    To really pull off the DB suit, it has to be fitted.

    Mr. Left, though, is near-perfect. epitome of aging gracefully (love the working buttons too :-)

  57. Anonymous

    March 10, 2008 at 11:56 am

    Some of the miserable sniping here is basically pathetic. Get real these guys in different ways both look knockout. No wonder all the signora’s and signorina’s posting are so admiring. So what’s with all the male carping mainly about trivia. Jealousy, inferiority complexes. The fact is the Italians are the best dressed men in Europe which means the world. Maybe it’s genetic but all social classes look great. The English upper classes look great too but otherwise the English look fairly scruffy. With the Italians it doesn’t matter whether you’re a window cleaner or own a fashion house they look great. So get over it guys and try to emulate them.

  58. Anonymous

    March 10, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    I wonder if they planned to wear near negative images of each other’s clothes? You know, calling each other in the morning to say ”i’ll be wearing a khaki suit and a navy tie, you do the opposite, ok?” and giggle.
    (Now, i’ve noticed that the colors aren’t exactly the same and that Mr. Right’s tie has a motif. But it still works because they planned it on the phone, so they had to rely on a description of the garments.If they did the same trick via webcam it would just be too much.)
    But i digress, the whole point of the scenario was just to explain their delightful, slightly mischievous grins.

  59. Anonymous

    March 16, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    boooh the image is photoshopped obviuosly ! this level of perfection clearly isn’t human ! ;)

  60. Anonymous

    March 19, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    Are you sure this wasn’t lifted from an 80′s photo shoot?!

  61. Anonymous

    March 22, 2008 at 5:06 am

    The guy on the right would look four thousand times better if he trimmed if side burns an inch.

  62. Shalini

    September 9, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Gianni Castiglioni is the gentleman on the left, for those wondering.

  63. jon

    June 30, 2012 at 10:15 pm


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