24 04 2008

Continuing on the subject of fashion:

You may think it an odd subject for a small dog, but I AM Italian.  For Italians, dog or human, fashion is everything.  And now that spring has sprung, both man and canine are sporting all sort of new trends.

And, like all roads, all trends lead to Rome.

Another Jeans ShotTake denim for instance.  Popular thought tells us that it was invented in a 17th century Roman city, albeit in France.  Nimes was the third largest city in the ancient Roman Empire and, at one time, the center of textiles in the western world. 

The weave was referred to as “de Nimes”…of Nimes.  Thus, “denim” was born.  arizona outlawAlthough Signore Strauss took it to new and popular levels with the romanticism of the American Cowboy, Italians have the upper hand when pairing denim.  A crisp white shirt, a crocodile belt and expensive Italian shoes say more about the comfortable self-assurance of the smart Italian man.  I'm a boots and jeans kinda GalShort wool jacket of any color, a good pair of heels and a stand out hand bag speak to the confidence of any woman. 

Bandana KidA dog with a simple denim bandana makes a statement of worldy knowledge: rodeos,the westward movement of civilization and the durability of a single weave in the pattern of evolving fashion.

Yes, it all began in the mind of a Roman citizen…Lulu on Denim…didn’t everything?


Any Dog Knows

22 04 2008

Any dog knows that shoes are a direct indication of human character and station.  So, it’s no surprise that shoes have surpassed handbags as this season’s most important accessory.Act your age, not your shoe size

The details are always in the shoes.  Backward heels and knee-high sandals, fur mules (an oxymoron, no?) and mile-high platforms,Hollywood Blvd Shoe Store

all speak to the nature of the one who wears them, their mood and perhaps their world view.  They carry the history of the day upon their soles: the panetteria; a smokey cafe; the crowded salon; the old pescatore along the Tiber…a stroll along the Pincio while the dew was fresh on the grass; cigars or cigarettes?  Cats?  One dog or two?  red shoes

Any dog can determine the difference between a man who wears a well kept pair of Ferragamos Men's Shoes 01and one who sports a pair of these: Even the Egyptians couldn't get men's shoes that weren't pointy

Shoes are the first thing a dog’s nose comes upon, and very often the last detail gathered upon leaving.  They are a primary gauge on the dash of every dog. 

Into whose lap would you rather leap? 


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