“I told my careers advisor I wanted to be centre forward for Leicester City, when he said ‘no’, I thought I’d be in a rock ‘n’ roll band”
These are the glorified words of a musician; a musician whose main aim in life, since he was a little boy, was to become as successful as possible. He is the man behind the witty lyrics and lead guitar riffs of one the UK’s biggest bands, Kasabian. He is the best friend of a psychedelic, nutcase comedian, has impressive Italian heritage, is the face or Armani and a fashion bloggers dream… Need we go on?
Serge Pizzorno’s persona is screaming: “Look at me!” FashionBeans responds, and takes a look at the man behind the world’s current biggest and best band.
After his father emigrated from Genoa, Italy, Sergio Lorenzo Pizzorno was born in Newton Abbot, Devon, and settled in Leicester. His father gifted him the inheritance of unbelievably strong Italian looks, a rare trait to find within the East Midlands. The loose, care-free hair cut and facial hair, when combined with an array of bandanas, scarves and pleated shirts, cut out a slim fitted, fashionable hippie – who isn’t frightened to be the fluorescent needle amongst a haystack of pseudo rockstars present today.
The guitarist has celebrated an array of musical success. His most notable work, with ‘Best British Group of 2010’ Kasabian, saw the band nominated for over a dozen awards, including live shows, album chart leaders and a string of winning singles.
Other success, which includes his side project with long term friend Noel Fielding, in a group called ‘Lost Tapestries’, gained positive feedback from critics. Two years ago, Serge was also asked to compose the music for the movie ‘London Boulevard’, once again confirming him as a unique and individual talent.
With Kasabian recently handed the mantle of the world’s current biggest band, Pizzorno has gained recognition – particularly from girls – for his Mediterranean features and classy dress sense. When Kasabian’s hit album ‘Empire’ was released in 2006, Serge had previously been approached by Italian fashion house Armani, who had invited him for a shoot to become the new face of their summer collection, tying in perfectly with the new album release. Armani managed to beat Prada and top modelling agency Models 1 to obtain the signature of the artist during the process.
Liam Gallagher, of all people, even handed a complement to the guitarist, mentioning that: “He knows how to put an outfit together. He’s got some style, but still needs a few tips from me.” If I was serge, I would only take positives from such an icon of his. British influences such as The Beatles, The Stone Roses and Oasis being are high up his pecking order, not just for their music. On numerous occasions Serge has been seen wearing Liam Gallagher’s clothing range, Pretty Green – particularly the pea coat and silk scarf combination.
Another musician which Pizzorno has the highest respect for, who he looked up to for both musical and fashion knowledge, is the late George Harrison. Electrifying blazers and shirts, complete with quirky cuts and trims are a common choice, paired with skinny jeans and Chelsea boots.
Serge ranked 9th in ‘GQ’s Best Dressed Man List 2012′, and the lookbook proves just how he is up there amongst the very best:
Serge looks and represents the complete rock ‘n’ roll star when he goes for the unfailingly classic leather jacket, black skinny jeans and boots combination – a common outfit seen amongst several musicians, but not necessarily worn effectively.
ASOS even have their own page dedicated to Pizzorno and his leather inspired pieces. With the addition of gritty looking jewellery and a pair of shades, fellow musicians can only envy him.
Several male British musicians throughout history, particularly The Beatles, have inspired this particular look. Serge is frequently seen sporting the paisley scarf – which is a true iconic British accessory.
Mixing neutral, low profile t-shirts with the more flamboyant scarf patterns ensures an even and attractive balance. The cheap ‘plane-Jane’ t-shirts with exquisite scarves will balance out well in price too.
Don’t forget to add plenty of jewellery (a hat also looks fantastic) when accompanying the scarf and t-shirt combination.
It would seem the majority of men lack the bravery and confidence to wear eye-catching printed shirts. Regardless of the design – leopard, tribal, skull or flower – it can be a challenge not many of us are willing to undertake, yet alone experiment with.
Quite frankly, Serge just doesn’t care about the comments he might receive. By just looking at the images here, I can only flood praise to the man. The variety of colours and patterns he dresses in places Noel Fielding in the dark.
What life Serge Pizzorno has had so far. I can only imagine that for any man to be asked to be the face of the latest Armani modelling campaign is an achievement in itself. So to find yourself as the guitarist and backup singer for the biggest and best band the world has at this moment in time must be even sweeter. Of course, that doesn’t even take into account a handful of exciting side projects and a high finish as one of the UK’s best dressed men.
Serge’s mission to become as successful as possible is certainly complete – but at just 31 years of age, I’d say he still has a long way to go.
Oh, and in case you missed it this week…
Maybe his careers advisor was wrong.