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Ladies and Gentlemen, Her Majesty the Empress of Japan | Manolo's Shoe Blog

Ladies and Gentlemen, Her Majesty the Empress of Japan

Manolo says, it is almost enough to turn the Manolo into the monarchist!

22 Responses to “Ladies and Gentlemen, Her Majesty the Empress of Japan”

  1. musicvids.com May 2, 2007 at 12:46 pm #

    Lol, how come? Or did you enjoy “Memoirs of a Gheisa” so much? Must agree, some fiiine costumes.

  2. Meander May 2, 2007 at 12:48 pm #

    Because she’s an incredibly elegant lady. You gotta serve somebody.

  3. Andy Shoes May 2, 2007 at 1:52 pm #

    Wonderful! She’s made a reference to the traditional kimono sleeves, while the shading at the waist reminds you of where the obi would be, yet the entire impression is modern and elegant.

    And you know the entire ensemble is of the finest Japanese silk. Yum!

  4. Kristen@ThePurseBuzz May 2, 2007 at 2:09 pm #

    Where can i sign up to be the empress of Japan?

    For a second I did a double take because I thought that was the Queen of England!

  5. Christina May 2, 2007 at 2:30 pm #

    I did too, Kristen and I’m not sure that’s a good thing.

  6. Elizabeth May 2, 2007 at 5:20 pm #

    Eeek gads! that woman oozes class and elegance!

  7. me May 2, 2007 at 6:03 pm #

    Is it wrong to call an Empress cute? She’s looks like someone’s cute grandmother.

  8. Bree May 2, 2007 at 6:57 pm #

    Wow. That is one handsome and regal woman!

  9. la petite chou chou May 2, 2007 at 8:02 pm #

    AWW! I think she is absolutely adorable! Look at the expression on her face…she looks so kind.

  10. themusicvids.com May 2, 2007 at 9:06 pm #

    In the end I think she is the way more elegant than Queen Elizabeth. Isn’t she?

  11. verna May 2, 2007 at 9:41 pm #

    eat your heart out, liz!!

  12. joel griffith May 3, 2007 at 12:30 am #

    She is the Vanessa Redgrave to Elizabeth’s Lynn…

  13. Chris May 3, 2007 at 12:43 am #

    The Manolo is not a monarchist?!

  14. Wynne May 3, 2007 at 8:29 am #

    I would KILL for that suit. It has to be one of the most elegant things I’ve ever seen. It would be perfect for the Derby this weekend

  15. salemwench May 3, 2007 at 12:51 pm #

    What an elegant woman!

  16. memomachine May 3, 2007 at 3:26 pm #


    I wonder if the members of any other government than Japan continue to wear coats with tails?

    It’s an odd anachronism.

  17. La BellaDonna May 3, 2007 at 6:00 pm #

    It is a tasteful and lovely outfit, to be sure.

    What size is the Wynne? La BellaDonna, she has a virtually identical outfit in the toast-coloured silk; the cape sleeves, they are lined in a black and yellow tartan taffeta. Sadly, La BellaDonna, she is no longer the size 2; is the Wynne perhaps able to wear it?

  18. Poochie May 3, 2007 at 9:07 pm #

    I noticed the sleeve “reference” as well, but you have a keen eye to notice the shading as a nod to the obi. She does seem kind and elegant…as well as warm and friendly. I wish those things went together more often.

    I like the the royal family takes their job seriously and how the entire culture values fashion as well – from the elegant to the boundry-pushing “Japanese Schoolgirl” groups.

  19. arhianrad May 4, 2007 at 10:41 am #

    Actually, I believe the shading, when used in a kimono, is called ‘bokashi’-style dyeing. It is a traditional method, now seen mostly in kimono linings. The method is particularly elegant in this suit.

    Another thing: gray, when worn in a kimono, is a color particularly reserved for older women. So not only is she inherently graceful and elegant to Western eyes, she’s also dressed ‘right’ according to traditional color rules in Japan (and believe me, there are many of those rules).

  20. liza October 26, 2007 at 4:21 am #

    hey hey hey. my boyfriend was lucky to serve her. she is a true LADY to all, even their staff!
    Gotta love her!