Boasting an illustrious career as an industrialist and owner of Italian car company Fiat, Agnelli is impressive enough on paper. But his keen fashion sense is arguably why people so often talk about the man today.
Dressing boldly is not an easy feat. Doing so often means the man dressing must subject himself to ridicule as a flamboyant materialist. Agnelli was bold but he looked anything but. For him, his boldness shined through in an unapologetic commitment to masculine suiting and an effortless looking but calculated knack for accessorizing. He mastered dressing with innate sense of sprezzatura, an Italian term most commonly applied to Agnelli, but actually referring to one’s natural elegance, the ability to make hard things look easy.
With his big and bold ties typically tied in an Italian knot (a four-in-hand tied twice instead of once around before pulled through the loop), often set askew and placed over his jacket, frequently unbuttoned button-down collars, gorgeous Caraceni suits (the best of the best in the Italian world) and watches worn over the cuff of his shirt, he often looked careless – almost mistaken – and yet, these style “mistakes” were ever so studied. His eccentricities are now celebrated in the world of style, because after all, what is more stylish than a little individuality?