Yesterday’s blog post was on the subject of “Boots”. Yesterday’s Boot Post
One of my blogger friends, Bun Karyudo, made a great comment:
“It’s funny, there was a time when wearing boots was a man’s thing, but nowadays they only men who get the chance are ones appearing in historical dramas.”
Dingo Bingo! I had an epiphany!
Some men need to be thanked for their contributions to women’s fashions.
I’m writing a thankful post today to some of the men who have made women more beautiful by foreseeing fashion trends.
Louis Quatorze. The great King of France, Louis XIV. Now there was a man who truly loved women! Louis was a man way ahead of his time and he wasn’t afraid to show his feminine side.
Look how regal Louis Quatorze stands. Note the huge ribbon to tie his hair back with. Note the boots. I think Tory Burch copied his boot look! Note the flow of the scarves. It’s so Boho.
I want you to take a good look at the bigness of his hair. This man has been a huge inspiration to the hair of Texan women and Long Island woman and this former Long Island woman fondly thanks him.
He danced the ballet—in the female roles no less!!
Oh. Let me tell you something. Not only did Louis XIV inspire fashion for everyday life, but take a look at today’s Irish Dance Champs……
..that’s right. Look at Oona’s wig. Look at Oona’s crown. Look at Oona’s incredibly expensive dance dress I bought that she only wore twice. Even the Jig shoes were inspired by French royalty. Forget Michael Flatley. The Irish Dancers should be indebted to Louis XIV for their “look”! Am I right???
He and the men of his court influenced women of all centuries with his dress and hair and makeup!
Check out the flushed cheeks, pale faces and that beauty mark on the guy on the right. We know where Marilyn Monroe and Cindy Crawford got the ideas for their beauty marks now, don’t we??? ( I only HOPE that is a beauty mark and not something else…..)
If it weren’t for ol’ Louis, we would not be wearing heels.
This is Louis XIV’s ballet slipper. Need I say more? Who do you think inspired Christian Louboutin?
He also invested in great real estate for his woman! He even got her a fashionable home!
I died. Died when I went to visit the chateau that Madame Maintenon received from Louis. It’s soooooooooooo much more intimate than Versailles.
Napoleon Bonaparte holds a special place in my heart too!
I took this pic of my man Napoleon some years ago when we were at Les Invalides. Napoleon’s sense of style overwhelms me with happiness.
If it weren’t for the fashion sense of Napoleon Bonaparte, we women would never have the cool military-inspired clothing that we can wear today!
I almost broke the glass to try this military jacket on. It spoke to me. I want a Bicorn hat just like Napoleon’s. I want that jacket.
The boots. The military uniforms. The pants tucked into the boots. The hats, which, in my opinion were to-die-for! I tell you, Napoleon Bonaparte is my fashion icon.
Be still my heart! Is that a CHAMBRAY military jacket to the left? And the Winter White uniform on the right? Who says you can’t wear white after Labor Day?
I could not resist taking pics of these cute little military dolls when we were at Invalides in Paris. It’s the coolest place. Plus, it’s chock full of fashion inspiration. What would Barbie do? (Hint. She’d have a field day with THESE guys!)
Napoleon inspired all the money spent on my blazers and boots!
My Napoleon-inspired weekend look makes me want to give orders to MY Bonaparte!
I’ll definitely have fun Napoleonizing these blazers when the weather cools off!
Lest we forget, I dig his taste in outerwear….
Napoleon–don’t look so sad. Waterloo was just a loss. Look at the winning way you’ve inspired so many women with your taste in clothes. I would kill for that coat..and the boots too. I do so think today’s fashion models were also inspired by your miserable pout, though. They always look so pissed off–thanks to this guy!
Napoleon also had a touch of whimsy! Where do you think Hippies got the idea for leafy and floral wreaths in their hair? Where do you think “Ladies-who-lunch” got the idea for little fur stoles and coverlets?
What a whimsical fashion multi-tasker. A pleasant mix of hippie and ladies-who-lunch. A leafy crown and an ermine coverlet. A true trendsetter ahead of his time!
He also invested in excellent real estate too! I”m not crazy about the home he purchased for Josephine after their divorce, but I do love Fontainebleu just outside of Paris. It’s my HGTV dream home!
Hey. Napoleon needed someplace to store all that military clothing! I impressed myself with the quality of this photo I snapped!
For modern day dresses, I would love to thank Andre Courreges.
To me, Andre Courreges personifies simplistic and chic fashion.
Andre brought a simplistic and comfortable style to the way we women dress today. Chic. A nice fit that isn’t tight yet not matronly. A flattering way of dressing for women of all sizes. He, along with Mary Quant were the parents of “Mod” fashion!
The only label I own that is this impressive….
It’s a hand-me-down from Bonaparte’s aunt, Daniele. I’m not proud! I think Chippy wants to eat the hanger.
Merci Monsieur Courreges!
Also, thanks to my very own Bonaparte.
The OTHER Bonaparte. Emperor of our home!
Thank you (sometimes) for being brutally honest with me when my fashion sense is just a bit “off”. Sort of thank you for telling me that I’m past the micro-mini stage of my life too.
Thank you man, I feel like a woman!
Now can you get me a coat like the other Bonaparte’s?
Did you really think I would post any song other than Shania’s “Man. I Feel Like A Woman!” XOXOXOXOXOXO!! Sing it Sista!