Considered to be one of the most elegant men in the world, Robert Rabensteiner is the Fashion Editor of L'Uomo Vogue and regularly collaborates with Vogue Italia. A consultant for major luxury brands, his timeless style has made him a favorite subject of street-style photographers and international fashion websites alike. For yoox.com, he is the lead in a short inspired by the feel of Italian cinema in the Sixties and by the romance of the great heroes of that time.
Cinema has always been a great source of inspiration for me, especially the Italian cinema of the Sixties and Seventies, more specifically the work of Luchino Visconti, Pasolini, Antonioni. Ludwig and The Damned are an inspiration to me! For the video we shot, I was inspired by the feel of La Dolce Vita, by incredibly stylish men like Marcello Mastroianni.
But cinema is not just a limitless source for ideas: in the future I'd like to collaborate with a great director and do the costumes for a film.
The fashion of the Sixties is still incredibly current, and fashion designers continue to draw from that era. It's specifically the period that goes from the Fifties to the Sixties that's my favorite, in terms of style. I find that there is nothing more elegant than a black single-breasted suit, paired with a white shirt and black tie. The Italian style from that period will always be current; it will never go out of style. Furthermore, no one can reinvent and reinterpret themselves like the Italians.
Elegance and Freedom
For me, elegance is freedom: being free from clichés, labels, free to dress how you want. Being free also means having many interests, building a culture by getting information on everything that happens, from sports to cinema, art and literature. It's not a matter of economic availability, it's a question of attitude. I think that this concept of elegance was incarnated to perfection by Julian Schnabel.
I never go anywhere without my dog, Taddeus, a good book and my smokers' kit. Other than these "essentials" of mine, I love to collect vintage and contemporary garments. In particular I have a large collection of Tyrolean jackets, antique and new, which I often wear in my free time. At a certain point I began to do research on bowties in the Forties, Fifties, Sixties and Seventies. But the garment that perhaps most represents me is a scarf: I have around a hundred of them, and I use them in thousands of different ways.
A Question of Style
Style is a question of awareness: of the person wearing the clothes, and how he wears them; clothes must speak for you, they have to represent you. Something I really don't like is to see a person wearing a designer garment that is not right for him, that isn't suited to his proportions or that doesn't fit his personality.
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