PARIS — Luigi d’Urso, the stylish Italian businessman and art historian who was married to French designer and model Ines de la Fressange, died Thursday of cardiac arrest, sources close to the family said Monday. He was 52.

A mass in d’Urso’s memory was celebrated at Sainte Clotilde church here Monday.

His body is to be flown to Italy, where it is scheduled to be buried Wednesday in Rome’s Il Verano cemetery.

Described as “a man about town” by Vanity Fair’s International Best Dressed List, to which he was elevated to the Hall of Fame in 1997, d’Urso was a darling of the international society set. He favored an impeccable sartorial style, was fun-loving, had impressive relations and was friends with socials and designers from Diane von Furstenberg to Gilles Dufour.

D’Urso and de la Fressange, a former Chanel model and muse to Karl Lagerfeld who today is director of the Roger Vivier shoe firm in Paris, wed in an elaborate ceremony in 1990.

They have two children, Nine and Violette. D’Urso also is survived by two children from a previous marriage, Clotilde and India.

This story first appeared in the March 30, 2006 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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