Tim Gunn Interviews the Jay

Manolo says, from the Elle Magazine, here is the gentlemanly Tim Gunn interviewing the Jay McCarroll!

The first two design challenges established Jay’s point of view—funky, artsy, and edgy, with a splash of “f–k you” spice. But those challenges were not about real clothes. How would Jay perform when actual wearable clothes were the expectation?

The third challenge, to design a dress for Banana Republic, would tell all. Jay took a major leap by creating a dress I can only call exquisite—the silhouette, proportions, and construction details (including an homage to the Chrysler Building in the form of an accordion-pleated bodice) were extremely sophisticated. Although he didn’t win the challenge (the intricacy of his construction would have made production a serious price point issue), his confidence was significantly buoyed and it became obvious that he was a talent to be reckoned with.

You must read the whole thing if, like the Manolo, you were obsessed with the Project Runway.

Berry, Berry Good

Anne Klein New York - Sugar (Berry Suede)   Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, the color of this vintage-seeming shoe from the Anne Klein it is called the “berry”. Despite the fruity name, there is to this suede shoe the richness that appeals to the Manolo. Is it not reminescent of the beautiful, deep colors of the paintings of the Early Renaissance from the city of Sienna?


Hello, Sailor

Hello, Sailor

Manolo says, perhaps this would look enticing after many months at sea.

The Advertisers of the Manolo

Manolo says, the Manolo he must express his most heartfelt gratitude to the advertisers of the Manolo, the peoples who help the Manolo bring you his humble blogs.

He is most especially thankful for the artist DeeDee9:14 for her support. If you have not visited the virtual gallery of the DeeDee you are not seeing the sort of minimalist art that the Manolo he would be most happy to hang in his own abode.