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Until you’ve been to Italy yourself, it’s hard to imagine how elegant and eternally cool Italians dress. They have a style unlike any one in the world. You will crave it, literally crave it, once you’ve been exposed. Unfortunately, no one carries it off like they do. And out of context, it never quite looks the same. Even Italian children in the street have “it,” and neither magazines, nor movies, nor other media can capture what I’m talking about. You truly have to be there to experience it.
One delight along these lines are certain Italian words that capture a feeling or situation. Recently, I came across one of these special words, totally apropos for summer. It is spezzato, the Italian art of sartorial mismatching. In Milan, for example, the Wall Street Journal pinpointed tailoring scion Luca Rubinacci as having spezzato. He looked like he owned the world in yellow slacks, a cream jacket, green Italian loafers, and a striped shirt. His ensemble caught my attention; and my mind briefly drifted off into fond memories of Roman fountains, Florentine piazzas, and Milanese pasta.
You may not have heard of Luca Rubinacci, but he is the subject of a major online following and intense debates over his vibrant color sense.
His grandfather, Gennaro Rubinacci, founded the original London House for menswear in 1930 in Naples after getting numerous questions about where he got his suits. Eight decades later, London House is known now as Rubinacci and is famous for its soft-shoulder jackets and woven ties. Today, Rubinacci has collections in Italy, New York, London and Toyko, but all of its clothes are still made in the same Neapolitan atelier it has occupied since it was founded.
To learn more about the Rubanacci story visit http://www.marianorubinacci.net/. Plus, the next time you are in Rome or Milan, you may want to shop there. Also, watch the video Victoria and Albert Museum created about the famous men’s fashion brand that Luca Rubinacci’s family personifies.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]