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.“Younger women get weeded out because they can’t hold their own in a conversation with him.He always had a way of treating women like royalty.” Librizzi says he always knew there was something special about Schnabel.“The first time I met Vito, when he was about 8, it was at Jacqueline’s kitchen at the Frank Lloyd Wright table they have, and Vito was arguing with [now-deceased poet] René Ricard about how to boil a quail egg,” says Librizzi.As the May-December romance heats up, with the pair globe-trotting to Paris, Dallas, Los Angeles and Mexico, the tabloids have been breathlessly following Klum’s dive into the cubs’ den.But the German supermodel isn’t the first older woman Schnabel’s romanced.“[Both Vito and Julian] have a real old-fashioned chivalry,” says Librizzi.“I have learned from Vito, even though he was younger.
“I think that’s why he has such luck with the ladies.
“His mother [Jacqueline] is smoking hot, he’s the youngest with two older sisters, and even in his awkward phase, he still had this thing that was alluring to older women.
He’s always had this confidence.” Schnabel’s longtime penchant for older ladies might be a result of such formidable women in his life, says relationship expert Dr.
As “Project Runway” host Heidi Klum frolicked in the waters off Tulum, Mexico, last month, she wore little more than a skimpy bikini bottom — and art-dealer beau Vito Schnabel on her arm.
Klum, 40, began dating Schnabel, the 27-year-old son of famed artist and film director Julian Schnabel, in February, shortly after she split with her bodyguard-boyfriend, Martin Kristen.