We don’t have to tell you that the sartorial taste of the Milanese is unlike anything else. We could use up our entire word count with adjectives, but then we wouldn’t be able to tell you about Simone Marchetti. And Marchetti, editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair Italia (and former La Repubblica EIC) embodies that aforementioned elusive aesthetic to a capital T—just look *below* to see what we couldn’t possibly describe. ~That~ is precisely why, when our calendars finally met—as you can imagine, Marchetti has been on our Cov list since, well, forever—we made our way straight to his Milan home.
As we pulled up to his quartiere, a historic district where medieval priests would have lived, we spotted live flamingos in his neighbor’s yard. And once we got inside, the views only got better—Marchetti had an entire room dedicated to immaculately organized silk Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana pajama sets; he pulled out bespoke tailored Christian Dior suit jackets and piles of cashmere Ainea sweaters. His accessories: rich leather Saint Laurent and Valextra bags, loved loafers, and vintage sunglasses. Almost everything in his closet is an ode to Italian design, but nothing is sentimental: “When I first saw Alessandro Michele’s collection at Gucci, I was like, ‘Oh my god, I have to throw everything away in my wardrobe.’ I have to dress like an old picture with new things,” he told us. “I don’t like style; I like fashion. It’s the opposite of what Coco Chanel was saying, ‘Style remains, but fashion passes.’ I like fashion because it passes.” A sentiment we can get behind.
Read on as we talk genderless fashion, rubbing shoulders with Maria Grazia, and why he never abides by any rules.