By: Ty Raines
Often considered the “Best Dressed Italian of All-Time”, Gianni Agnelli, had a penchant for bespoke Italian clothing, glamorous accessories, a lavish lifestyle, and most importantly a crazed man’s tenacity in the board room.
Agnelli was aware his bespoke wardrobe only amplified his Type-A personality, so in an effort to combat the demeanor broadcasted by his wardrobe, Agnelli often attempted to downplay his overall aesthetic by adding minor touches of “absent minded” quirkiness to his overall appearance.
For instance, Agnelli’s two cited fashion characteristics are often his crooked tie and odd habit of wearing his large faced watches on the outside of his shirt sleeves.
While these particulars aren’t recommended for everyone **cough, please see above**, these are some interesting examples of basic details nearly every man can evaluate and consider in their own fashion life.
Disregard the double brested suit, instead notice Agnelli’s bold selection of a monochromatic grey palette that relied upon textures instead of the era’s traditional business colors.
Agnelli’s influence on the fashion industry via mass media is hard to deny. European media was infatuated with an elegant man hosting lavish parties from the deck of his yacht and/or the lofts of his Italian residences. This prominent media role led to his image being associated with life’s finer things, while his influence even crossed generational barriers. By the way, America took notice once Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis began to appear at Agnelli’s gatherings.
Giovanni Agnelli, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI (12 March 1921-24 January 2003)