+  Edited and photographed by Iké Udé, author of Style File. Selected as one of Vanity Fair’s 2009, 2012 and 2015 International Best Dressed Originals.  +

special guest/ROBERT VERDI: talks about his 9th outfit. #9 in thirteen acts






What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
Suit – Etro
Shirt – Etro
Tie – Shanghai Tang
Glasses – Vintage Porsche
Shoes – Yves Saint Laurent
Watch – Brera Orologi



How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
I love experimenting with patterns and I love the tension between patterns so I like to play patterns on patterns. Like this suit with its unique fabric and uncontrolled pattern on it – pattern play, pattern play.




Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?
It was a little planned – I took the trouser and held it next to different shirts and shoes until I saw the certain tension I was looking for.


In a scale of 10, how pleased are you with this composition/outfit? 



What roles do color, the fit, and integrity of fabric play in this particular outfit?
The suit is a little looser, a little boxy, with 3 buttons—not the most flattering suit I own but certainly the most interesting. Even though the suit is a little dated, the fabric is so fabulous that I can’t get rid of it.



How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
I’m going to wear this in September 2026.



There is perhaps a spiritual, emotional, intellectual or psychological aspect to the what/how we dress. What is your personal experience in relation to this outfit?
The fabric is a handmade fabric, and I love that there is no machine that could recreate this. I have always been intrigued by handiwork.

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