Friday, 27 June 2008


Louise the XVI was a man who understood the direct relationship between fashion and power. Images of the Sun King (above) show immaculate sartorial detail, from his coiffured head to his healed feet.

The Fendi wedge (below), seen at Milan Fashion Week recently, has grabbed a lot of attention in the mainstream media. It seems at every Men’s Fashion Week female journalists will pick out something outrageously unwearable and effeminate as a talking point. I don’t think Silva Fendi’s platform wedge warrants this status this year. Actually, the shoe is reasonably wearable, and I would argue that it isn’t effeminate – no more than a Cuban heel on cowboy boot, or the healed shoes worn by President Sarkozy.

And the benefits of the heel, that extra inch, and the flattering shape on the male leg, was something that clearly Lousie the XVI – as evidenced by this flirty pose - understood entirely


aizat.cinta.goddess said...

wow.thanks for the information darling!the picture is classic!

Anonymous said...

i totally agree. that fendi heal is perfect... why do men have to have a flat heal? who says!?
thanks ben! fashion is changing a girls think good fahsion is just for them...? dont think so. your so right about the cowboy heal! and who's more masculine than a cowboy....? and they wear a heal... there you go.x

Ulysse said...

i would like to invite you on the next Who's Next fashion show in september in Paris (

can you send me an email (ulysse AT whosnext DOT com) .

thanks Benjamin

Anonymous said...

It's really not that effeminate compared to the bloody skirts she sent down the runway last season.


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izzydore said...

a little heel on a man's shoe takes some pressure off the heel and distributes it evenly through the foot. i agree, i don't know what all the fuss is about.

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Anonymous said...

This french king isn't "Louise the XVI", but Louis XIV. It's the same family, but not the same era (Louis XIV: 1661-1715. Louis XVI: 1774-1792).

Joe said...

Nice red shoes

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