I think our generation really struggles to find a style icon. We’ve thrown around candidates on this blog before; many point to George Clooney or Kanye West as two possible candidates. However, might I suggest that we might be looking in the wrong place for such a person?
Why don’t we look at an Italian industrialist and football (soccer) patron? I have mentioned Gianni Agnelli before, but it is Agnelli’s Sprezzatura that really paved the way for many modern takes on style. Notice the watch that he always wore on the outside of his shirt-cuff; the way his tie is tied, the collar he wore, all directed to being rakish without trying. At least, directed towards not looking like you’re trying.
I will put more examples of Agnelli and discuss what Sprezzatura is soon.