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Part I: Grande Belezza-The Great Beauty

As an homage to the men's style on display in the Oscar winning film, La Grande Bellezza, a good part of our last photoshoot revolved around the wardrobe of Jep Gambardella’s character.


A truly Italian production, the movie shows the author Jep, who is a key figure in the upper echelons of Roman high society.

Jep is originally from Naples, which is clearly shown through the costumes created for the film. Jep’s tailored garments were selected from Neapolitan sartorial institutions and Sartoriale favorites like Cesare Attolini and Kiton.

As told by the costume designer, Daniela Ciancio, Jep is "an old-fashioned man alive today" who is surrounded by "a world that has lost a certain elegance". We see him in the movie in all kinds of social situations from his birthday party to a funeral, and he always dresses with a clear sense of occasion.


While his night time attire is on the more sober side (letting the women beside him shine), in his daytime wardrobe choices he clearly shows his colors and unique style.

In true Capri style the basis of these outfits are white, topped off with a bright red, yellow or blue blazer. These are the outfits which immediately won us over and they show that in the right context, nobody needs to be afraid of injecting a certain panache into his style... but at the same time remembering to stay on the right side of discretion and not to overdo it in the style stakes.

To put it another way, a little bit of flamboyance never hurts, while a bit too much can really have its negative effects. Jep Gambardella puts on a fine balancing act and therefore we applaud his character in La Grande Bellezza and his sartorial elegance.


We have put together three of the best menswear looks from the film (below) with outstanding blazers from Kiton and Isaia as the centrepieces of sophisticated outfits that perfectly emulate the style of La Grande Bellezza... but also available on Sartoriale at fantastic prices well below their original retail price. (Click on the links below to see full details of each individual item)


Red Jacket look

La Grande Bellezza red jacket look

Kiton red blazer, Rubinacci white pants, Rubinacci white shirt, Kiton brown loafers, Kiton chestnut belt

Yellow Jacket look from La Grande Bellezza

Yellow jacket worn by Cesare Attollini

Kiton jacket in yellow, Rubinacci white pants, Kiton handmade leather dress belt, Kiton loafers, Kiton white herringbone shirt


White Jacket look from La Grande Bellezza

Isaia white jacket from La Grande Bellezza

Isaia Ivory silk and linen blazer, Unis green slim fit pants, Panama hat, Kiton blue striped shirt

Edited by sartoriale - 10/12/16 at 6:59am
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Part II: The Most Stylish Gangster Movies

To know how to dress like a stylish gangster from the movies, of course one must reference the back catalogue of Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino.

The Daddy of all Mafia movies has to be The Godfather (or is the sequel, The Godfather: Part II better?) where Marlon Brando, De Niro excel as Vito and Al Pacino as Michael Corleone.

As they shimmer on screen, it is mostly due to their unforgettable roles, but let's not forget that their mafioso tyranny is matched by a killer dress sense.

So, let's focus on a few mafia suits in the movie looks, to prove that these outfits can also be worn in real life, without the need to resort to a life of crime.

Vito Corleone - The Godfather

Suits in mafia movies - Marlon Brando gray suit

A grey herringbone suit is one of the enduring classics of menswear.

This mid gray version by Anderson & Sheppard is a touch more casual than the usual dark options. However, it still works just as well for business.

The ink blue chambray shirt is a rather wonderful pairing with the suit, creating depth and character. Finished off with the floral tie from Kiton, this is a look for someone who likes to achieve a certain nonchalance whilst wearing a formal suit.


Rubinacci blue cotton dress shirt

Kiton silk tie in floral pattern

Michael Corleone - The Godfather I, II, III

Michael Corleone's black suit in The Godfather

Al Pacino's look is perfect to wear at an elegant evening event when the dress code is unspecified.

A three-piece-suit always conveys due care and attention from the wearer, not to mention the form-fitting silhouette it achieves, as personified by this elegant black suit by Rubinacci

Stick with the restrained combination of white shirt and black tie. It is a classic, which always work for the evening.

3-piece black suit for men by Rubinacci

White cotton fitted shirt by Kitom

Black silk tie by Kiton

Alain Delon, Jean-Paul Belmondo - Borsalino

Suits worn by Alain Delon in Borsalino

A lesser-known movie, although Alain Delon and Belmondo are both seriously rakish in it, whilst getting into all sorts of trouble around the streets of Paris.

Their wardrobe consists of all the power dressing moves you can imagine. It is extremely difficult to select just two looks from the plethora of super stylish outfits.

In the end, we plumped for the double-breasted silhouette: a style which can channel the "I am far better than you" vibe.

DB suit: Not only the perfect fit, but the great attention to detail makes these looks very special indeed; to be exact, the quirky bow tie of Delon and the refined shirt/tie combo of Belmondo.

In a trimmed-down, modern cut, these looks are just as compelling as they were 60 years ago.

Rubinacci Taupe double breasted business suit

Gray polka dot silk tie by Kiton

Rubinacci dark gray wool suit

Tom Ford brown bow tie

DB overcoat: Do yourself a favour, get a DB overcoat! There is nothing more handsome and warm to wear in winter.

Not ony does it work with suits and flannel trousers, but it is also killer with jeans and suede shoes.

Find yourself a robust, thick cloth, wither in glenplaid or herringbone, and you will have a winter favourite for a lifetime.

Gray double breasted over coat by Sartoria Partenopea

Tweed double breasted winter coat for men by Kiton

Ace Rothstein - Casino

Dark Suit worn by Robert De Niro in Casino

Another legendary power dresser from Gangster films was Robert De Niro's character in Scorsese's 'Casino'.

Ace Rothstein was 'the boss of bosses' and he definitely looked the part, being as flamboyant as Las Vegas was at the time.

Wider lapels always help to create a powerful vibe. It is advisable not to wear them too wide, as this can overdo the retro feel.

A dark gray suit like De Niro's Casino look is fairly straightforward: a uniform piece which can be styled to your personality. In De Niro's case it was with a flashy matching shirt and silk tie in opulent cream.

It's great for the look of a casino owner, but we would suggest to only wear this on those extra special occasions!

Brioni dark gray business suit

Kiton white fitted shirt

cream silk tied by Dolcepunta Italy

Suit worn by Robert De Niro in Casino

A gun club check-pattern in a sport coat is a fairly complex one. It cries out to be paired with solid colors, just like in the movie.

A great way to make sure you don't look like a canary in a jacket such as this, is to pick a color from the pattern and wear a shirt in that color to retain some consistency.

It's true that in this case, yellow is a rather strong statement, to say the least, but for De Niro, it clearly works beside the pool of The Bellagio.

Houndstooth jacket by Mariano Rubinacci

white and yellow pinstriped dress shirt by Rubinacci

Kiton pocket square in gold

Aviator sunglasses for men by Kiton

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