Italian-born Francesco Cominelli began his career as a photography student at the European Institute of Design. Upon graduation he moved to New York for a year-long fashion assistant internship at V Magazine, at which point he decided to abandon photography in order to focus on styling. After a short period in Milan (where he designed his his first and, so far, only men’s collection), he moved to Paris to begin working as an assistant/fashion contributor at Vogue Hommes International with Anastasia Barbieri. Cominelli is still happily based in Paris, but New York is where he ultimately wants to end up.
Who are your favorite fashion designers?
I don’t have one specifically, though Miuccia Prada is the one that I can always count on—she was and is one of the best. Everyone wishes to be a Prada man, but I have to say that also Alessandro Sartori at Zegna and Antonio Marras at Kenzo are doing great things.
What were your favorite fall 2010 menswear shows?
Prada, Kenzo, Bottega Veneta, Zegna, Alexander McQueen.
What is the best city for menswear?
I think it’s still a fight between Milan and Paris. I have to say that for the summer collections Paris was definitely better, full of propositions, but for winter Milan was more interesting, a little bit more classic as “the crisis wants.” I don’t even talk about New York because regardless of money they haven’t yet found the designers that can represent them without the feeling of being European inspired.
What is the essence of style?
Mixing vintage and the latest collections. I love when people don’t recognize what I’m wearing even if they work in fashion—that means that I’m doing my job. I am also obsessed with watches. A real man is always wearing a watch.
What’s hot right now?
Many people think Avatar is overrated—maybe too Walt Disney (I’m a huge fan of Walt Disney)—but I was fascinated by the forest in the movie. I’ve always been obsessed with color combinations and I think that all the effects when they are touching/breathing—the flowers, the trees, the animals the blue and the green in the forest of the Nav’i—is just something incredible. I was not even listening to the story anymore, for me it was just the power of colors, it was the perfect “breath” of light.
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