The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines the term “dandy” as “a man who gives exaggerated attention to personal appearance.” A synonym for the word, “beau,” also refers to George “Beau” Brummell, “the most celebrated of all dandies,” says American Fashion Menswear, and it’s Brummell who’s commonly credited as the first of his kind. There was a time when men believed they could become dandies by simply wearing suits and tailored garments wherever they went, but that’s far from the truth. Antonio Azzuolo is one of the designers who shows (literally) how to achieve the true essence of what dandies are all about.

In his spring/summer 2011 collection, Azzuolo shows off a way of life defined by ease and elegance. That’s what a dandy is. They look impeccable without trying because it’s this grace that’s the norm. Dandy is not merely an adjective or a fashionable gentleman, it’s a lifestyle. No matter how they’re perceived my their public, dandies have an internal devotion to their appearance, not an obligation, and what’s commonly referred to as “stylish” is merely “casual” to them.


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