Australia Loves the Manolo!

Manolo says, the New York Times they may ignore the Manolo, but the Sydney Morning Herald, they do not!

It should come as no surprise to the fashion media that fashion blogs are on the rise: they’re starting to attract large audiences and ads while regularly lifting material from mainstream sites such as http://www.style.com. But a recent story in The New York Times on this burgeoning arena of citizen fashion reporters sadly overlooked the guy we think is the most entertaining: Manolo the Shoe Blogger (www.shoeblogs.com). Calling himself “the Manolo”, he has coined numerous Manolo-isms (many available on T-shirts, totes and mugs) such as “super fantastic!” (read: chic); “Manolo says, the true fashion it is found on the border between the classic and the trashy”; and “the Manolo says, the mania for the poncho, it is now over”. Despite a disclaimer to the contrary, we’re not entirely convinced that he’s not the shoemeister Manolo Blahnik himself – he curses in Spanish, predicts the next blog generation will come from “fashion insiders” and constantly bitches about Karl Lagerfeld.

This it is most amusing and flattering, but the Manolo of the Shoe Blog, he is most certainly not the maestro Manolo Blahnik. He is just the humble shoeblogger toiling in the vineyards of fashion.

Of the course, this it does not mean that the coincidence of the similar names and the passion for the shoes have not led some to the amusing misunderstandings. For the example, just this month, the quote from the Manolo the Shoeblogger, in the Telegraph of London (the link it requires the registration), was wrongly attributed to the Maestro Manolo.

Depardieu’s appreciation of food and drink stands out in any scrutiny of his lavishly illustrated book. But how many illustrations does anyone actually want of a man whose appearance might be considered an acquired taste?

The shoe designer Manolo Blahnik, on his internet blog, recently described Depardieu as “slovenly and outwardly repulsive. But at the same time, is there not something magnetic?”

As the readers of the Manolo’s Shoe Blog well know, the Manolo the Shoeblogger he is not the Manolo Blahnik.

11 Responses to “Australia Loves the Manolo!”

  1. TonyGuitar September 27, 2005 at 1:56 am #

    Aaah, Having an eye for excellent design, those goldy colored ones look excellent and a nice image too. Color saturation galore.

    We may have met somewhere in Newy york one time. Just a few quick salus or something. It was near the entrance of the CBS building I am thinking and there was Manolo Bundolo [ was that you?] and Father Sarducchi. Sarducchi was talking to some people about the Johnny Carson show. It was a long time ago.

    I probably have it all backwards. You were probably in the Old Country then, anyway you seem familiar.

    For shoes for men, I like those slip on dressy loafers from Italy with the small tight leather braid around the upper edge, instep to toe and back. You know it’s the classic shoe all the Stock brokers and Pimps wear. Nothing looks sharper. Mine are Florsheims, a poor approximation of that classic, but I drive a Jeep Wagoneer, so what do I know. … eh?

    Nice luck to discover your site. I would point some nice ladies your way when I get the chance. They live here on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, but you know woman, if she sees something special, shee’s gonna get it by UPS or whatever .. eh? Besides, if she can say *MY shoes came from Manolo’s in New York City! wow the prestige! That gives her *Top Mamma* spot right now! ..eh?

    Yeah, OK, Manolo, nice to see you again, (less hair, but not bad), You sure do look familliar. I’m sure that was you. Anyway, Salu for now, love those shoes .. eh? TonyGuitar

  2. Jezabelle September 27, 2005 at 3:05 am #

    Of course Australia loves the Manolo.. The Manolo is God

  3. desertwind September 27, 2005 at 4:25 am #

    You know, Manolito, Sydney’s got more cred than Manhattan.

  4. Sharron September 27, 2005 at 7:43 am #

    I live in Australia, and indeed, we do love the Manolo. Many people whom I might mention the Manolo to in conversation, they know of whom I speak. Perhaps you should visit us in the land of sunshine, and teach people about the shoes of flipping and flopping, that they are not the dress shoes.

  5. M.Woland September 27, 2005 at 8:29 am #

    Let me add this : the Manolo should soon become a star shoeblogger in France. If it were up to me, the Manolo would make the front page of fashion magazines every month.
    I have consistantly forwarded the Manolo Shoeblog’s url to the people in the wide world (and especially here, in France), so they share the sharp and wise look of the Manolo on the fashion world.

    Long live the Manolo Shoeblog

  6. shoelover September 27, 2005 at 2:15 pm #

    Mazel Tov!

    Could Manolo be on his way to being a 7 figure blogger? I kvfell just thinking about it!

    Oy Gevalt!

  7. zippy September 27, 2005 at 5:12 pm #

    The Manolo has reopened Zippys’ eyes to the world of high fashion pumps, boots, sandles, slides, bad fashion, elegant evening slippers; O, I can go on. Of course he should be known all over the world. How smart of the Australians to appreciate him! Others are not too far behind.

  8. Kath September 27, 2005 at 5:52 pm #

    Yea! Sydneysiders are cool of course we love The Manolo, but it was a New Yorker who turned me onto The Manolo.

  9. Cameron Reilly September 27, 2005 at 10:26 pm #

    Hey there Manolo

    As Manolo does indeed seem to be dominating the blogosphere at the moment, I’d love to invite you to come onto my G’DAY WORLD podcast as a very special guest to tell us all what you do and how you do it.

    Please let me know if you’d be interested.

    Your humble servant

    Cameron Reilly
    http://www.thepodcastnetwork.com/gday_world

  10. Jezabelle September 27, 2005 at 10:37 pm #

    Not only is the Sydney peoples loving the Manolo.. It is also the Australian shopping capital; Melbourne.

  11. Kiki_in_London October 16, 2005 at 8:26 am #

    Oooh, Jezabelle, those are the words of the fighting to the native Sydney-sider (even the Sydney-sider who has had to move to London because of the dearth of style in her native city).

    I am new to the Manolo, but (much to the amusement of the boyfriend) was having the tears from laughter this morning at the Gallery of the Horrors especially).

    Super Fantastic!