Sunday, January 23

Rome's Best Dressed List

Milan may be the fashion capital of Italy, but when it comes to your parish priest, mecca is in Rome.  If you find yourself in or around the Pantheon, you'll be amazed by the window shopping.  You can find any number of objects with which to hold your liturgical services, from candlesticks to purple robes fit for a Cardinal.  I've never gone in to price compare, but I have often wondered about these sorts of things.  I mean, what does a Bishop's hat run these days? And, are they available online?

 www.calendarioromano.org
Turns out, these Urban VIII outfitters do more than put cloaks on the backs of poor Franciscan Friars.  It seems that priests the world over covet their collars and count their cotton fibers as coyly as Martha Stewart in a Frette sheet boutique.  My sources reveal that if Martha were a nun, she'd be picking her frocks at Barbiconi's, the Armani of priestwear; located somewhat ironically on via St. Catherine of Siena, a woman who received her own habit from a Dominican tertiary.  Maybe not so ironic when you learn that Catherine was the daughter of a wealthy Sienese garmento.

Every year, dashing young priests pose for calendars which you can find around Rome.  Who knew that they are simply the Kate Moss' of their order, shopping on High Street for the very outfits in which they're shown?  Considering how impressively clothed are our 'men of the cloth', make sure your cloth has the right label attached.

7 comments:

Dave514 said...

Francesca:
Priests are people too...LOL!

Il Duce, finally hit the bigtime here. He's on the front page in colour of the SNYT.

All Italians that are proud of this man ought to be ashamed calling themselves Italian. The country and especially,Il Duce, are the laughingstock of the world. For God's sake get rid of that idiot.


When you go out don't forget your wimple.


Davide

Francesca Maggi said...

Yes. In fact, I'm sure his popularity is at an all-time high. Men dream to be like him, and get the perks of high office, women hope they or their daughters will be in the harem (look at the family in Napoli prostituting their own daughter who aspired to be a showgirl)...
Sickening. But, it'll take more than a sex scandal to remove the Dirty Old Man.

Francesca Maggi said...

There has been no finer analysis of Berlusconi's being off his game than in this piece from Dan Savage, Savage Love. Sheer Brilliance.

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/01/20/confessions_of_a_sexaholic?page=0,0

Dave514 said...

Francesca:
Read the report

Assuming for a moment that this analysis is true then Il Duce is not only an idiot but a pathetic idiot.

Francesca Maggi said...

My pet theory? He's like Saddam and the WMD. Although he's had prostrate operations, etc. etc., he needs this mystique about his sexual prowess to be out and about...So, he has his parties, brings in the girls...all so he can say what a stud he still is.
It might even be true..."I never had sex with that woman."

Dave514 said...

Francesca:
But was he prostrate when he had his prostate fixed?...LOL!!!

Francesca Maggi said...

Turns out, in Palermo the Dons (of both parties) are dressing Armani...

http://palermo.repubblica.it/cronaca/2011/05/02/foto/paramenti_sacri_firmati_giorgio_armani-15677519/