“Vito had a style at the time, with a white T-shirt and a cashmere V-neck sweater.That was his uniform for about a year when he was 16. It’s funny, but who better for Jay Z to take a cue from?“Everybody is so glib and Machiavellian, and if you talk to Vito, he seems to be translating real feelings,” says Librizzi.
“I said, ‘Wow, who the hell is this kid going to be when he grows up?
’ ” When he was still a teen, Schnabel curated an exhibit at 250 Hudson St.
Gilda Carle: “The mother figure represents someone who is strong, dependable and someone they can always go to. A lot of men want that type of nurturing.” A 40-something socialite who has known Schnabel since he was a child, and asked that her name not be printed, says it’s obvious why he so beguiles older women: “When he talks to you, it’s like you’re the only person in the room,” she says.
His eccentric father is no stranger to romancing beautiful women.
“In a business where it pays to flaunt and to be in the limelight, he doesn’t go after it.
The spotlight has a way of finding him,” says Librizzi.He’s a partner in hot red-sauce joint Carbone, where he oversees the art (the “Spaghetti Vito” — pasta with sea urchin — is named after him).He’s an avid athlete who surfs, golfs and plays hoops at Chelsea Piers.Having divorced his first wife, Vito’s mother (with whom he also has daughters Stella and Lola), in 1993, he went on to marry Basque actress Olatz López Garmendia, with whom he has twins Cy and Olmo.“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” director then dated Rula Jebreal before moving on to model May Andersen, with whom he has one son, Shooter.He was precocious and elegant,” says Librizzi of his “surrogate little brother,” who lives in the West Village’s Palazzo Chupi building, which his father designed.