To Francesco Cominelli.

March 30, 2014
Writing an obituary on someone you’ve only ever marvelled at through Google Images and with whom you once struck up a v. brief email correspondence is, well, nigh on impossible. The late Francesco Cominelli was reputed to be one of the warmest, most industrious stylists enlivening what can often times be perceived as the lacklustre world of men’s fashion and his reply to my somewhat presumptuous request to interview him months ago (which is all I’ve really got to go on…) goes some way in confirming such claims about his character.
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I never did get the chance to ask Cominelli the questions I’d been labouring over but various biographies inform to an extent…

Born in Brescia, Italy, Cominelli first studied Photography at Milan’s prestigious European Institute of Design before upping sticks to NYC to intern at V Magazine, where he discovered his penchant for styling. Moving back across the pond, Cominelli began an internship at Vogue Hommes International in Paris, where – after a brief stint in design (customisation of vintage pieces, technically) back home in his native Italy – he remained, working in close collaboration with Anastasia Barbieri.

Cominelli was named Fashion Editor of Vogue Hommes International in 2009 and continued to contribute to other publications up to his death.

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Although anything I write here regarding this fashion great’s personality is speculative, what’s not debatable is his inimitable approach to dressing the male form, his own being no exception. Cominelli was a master at pairing up-market labels with vintage and thrift-store finds. He possessed an incomparable awareness for the perfect combination of textures, and his acute observation to detail made sure some of the more elaborate patterns he wore, never wore him.
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Exceptional in his channelling of every style from military wear to sharp tailoring harking back to his own Italian roots, Cominelli appeared every inch a devotee to clothing itself, rather than the various other trappings of fashion – be it wealth, or fame –  which lure countless others into an industry founded upon unparalleled fickleness and fastness.
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Although this is not intended as a news report of any kind, those more informed have confirmed that Cominelli was found in his Paris apartment on October 7th 2011. The coroner has confirmed that illicit substances were not responsible for Cominelli’s death and the most likely cause was a pulmonary embolism.

My sincere and heartfelt condolences go to Cominelli’s family, friends and all those who witnessed, and will forever miss watching, his genius.

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R.I.P. Francesco.

See the legacy Cominelli leaves behind him at his homepage here.

Images from Stylish Minds, Mauverthomme, Douban, GQ Fashion, Neoretro, In Vogue, GlamboyEmman, Manlife, Front Row View, Double D Cherry, Needle Exchange and Kaidi Thinctank and mostly shot by Tommy Ton.

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  • Upper Kut October 14, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Your blog introduced me to Mr Cominelli, so thank you for that.Thanks for this post, it's important to remember such an inspiring person.

  • ana October 14, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    what a loss. dude had style for days

  • naboonies October 15, 2011 at 4:55 am

    I love your article and the photos are great!

  • Johnny Ramli October 16, 2011 at 2:01 pm

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  • Johnny Ramli October 16, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Wow, cannt believe this news, I just saw him on the street two week ago during the Paris fashion week with his long coat. What a loss.

  • GarconJon October 17, 2011 at 10:49 am

    A beautiful piece – thanks for the coverage. Francesco will be missed.

  • d October 17, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    that, ladies and gentlemen, is how you DO IT. I have never seen anyone dress like he could. Clothes really do maketh the man. Go with God, Francesco. 🙁

  • Mat October 17, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    i hadn't actually heard about his passing till i read this article, my stomach just sank and i felt a bit sick. it's easy to say how you feel sad when someone dies you don't know personally but this was a real shock

  • Anonymous October 20, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Fancesco was my best friend,my brother, my soul mate.Thank you for remembering him in this way.Grace

  • Milan Boya February 17, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    miss you ..