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  • Jared Paul Stern


*Photographed by our fearless lensman, Patrick McMullan.*

Fiat heir and Agnelli scion Lapo Elkann has experienced a lot of ups and downs in his 30 years. Once destined to succeed his legendary grandfather Gianni Agnelli, Lapo's career trajectory came to a crashing halt when he overdosed in the apartment of a transsexual hooker in Turin in 2005. He has since sobered up (according to some reports) and moved to New York after the lukewarm launch of a sunglasses line called Italia Independent.

Through it all, however, he has remained impeccably dressed, garnering a pole position on *Vanity Fair*'s International Best Dressed List, and was recently named Dandyism's first ever Dandy of the Year. He accomplished this mainly by wearing his grandfather's beautiful bespoke suits, a stylistic bequest any man would have a hard time living up to. Lapo pulled it off however, with added flair of his own - until lately.

This Fashion Week he let down the side big time. At one event he turned up in a smelly-looking t-shirt with writing on it (the horror), and later made the scene at Madonna's Gucci benefit in this naff Nehru-jacketed number (he's pictured here with Gucci creative director Frida Giannini). For god's sake, Lapo, get a haircut and go back to raiding grandpa's closet. You're starting to give dandies a bad name.


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