The Dandy Is Dead

While the wider world may have doubled down on cargo shorts, flip-flops and whatever passes for a male uniform in the world of open-space workplaces, here on the streets of this Renaissance city and throughout the trade pavilions crammed inside the 25-acre walled Fortezza da Basso for the huge Pitti Uomo men’s wear fair, it’s dandy time.

“They have taken his name and have conveniently used it as a springboard for such mediocrity, such tastelessness, such ugly ideas,” Mr. Rucci wrote.

“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets...” ― Napoléon Bonaparte