Manolo says, it is the Tuesday time to see what the Manolo is…
The Linda Grant who is the author of The Cast Iron Shore is one of the Manolo’s many internet friends, and indeed she is the regular commentator on the Manolo’s humble shoe blog. Happily, thus far, the Manolo he is very much enjoying her book.
Not only is this week’s carnivale indeed most wonderful, but the Verbal Croquis has done the marvelous job of introducing the participants. Go read it now.
P.S. Here is the schedule for the next few weeks of the Carnivale of Couture!
Week of Monday, March 6th – Counterfeit Chic
Week of Monday, March 13th – Bag Snob
Week of Monday, March 20th – Shoe Lover
Week of Monday, March 27th – Style Tribe
Week of Monday, April 3rd – Papier Doll
Week of Monday, April 10th – Kiss Me, Stace
Week of Monday, April 17th – The Fashionable Kiffen
Week of Monday, April 24th – Final Fashion
Manolo says, the Manolo he reminds you that the Never teh Bride, she is still taking the entries for her Prize and Prejudice contest.
Manolo says, Here are the few things that may amuse and/or entertain.
Manolo says, the Manolo he is clearly foresighted. From the Blogging the Project Runway comes news of the humorous television show.
BPR reader Bethanne has alerted us to this week’s episode of VH1’s ‘Best Week Ever” featuring a segment on what television would be like if Tim Gunn had his own network.
Of the course, as the readers of the Manolo know, the Manolo he proposed exactly this thing many weeks ago.
Manolo says, clearly the peoples who say you cannot dance in the shoes of the high heels have never heard of the Samba!
It isn’t surprising that shoes are an obsession with the beauties who grace Brazil’s Carnival parades — they’re generally the biggest things they wear below the neck.
Dancers at Carnival, the pre-Lenten bash that starts this weekend and ends on Ash Wednesday, say the higher the better for their towering heels, worn with soaring feathered head-dresses and little else but glittery patches, strategically placed.
Patches of strategic placement and Samba!
Dancers say the platform sandals, preferably with shiny straps and buckles that snake to the knee, help prevent them from tipping over and injuring their ankles while dancing the lightning-quick gyrations of the samba.
“Platforms are safer,” said Iris Sol, 28, a dancer for the drum section of the Barroca Zona Sul samba club in Sao Paulo.
“I’ve paraded with samba troupes since I was six, but the truth is that I was dancing samba when I was born,” she said.
From the very birth, Samba!
Sandals with platform heels push body weight onto the ball of the foot, where the samba is danced. Samba platforms go as high as 17 centimetres, or 6.6 inches. Heels are extra-wide.
“Platforms make women more beautiful, elegant and taller, with better posture. They help you stick out your chest and butt a bit,” said Magaly Santos, 22, Sao Paulo’s 2005 Carnival queen.
Big butts and Samba!
A display of samba sandals by Fernando Pires, who designs for top dancers, included eye-catching designs like swirls of red, yellow and orange leather resembling flames, and black heels topped with lanyards of fake diamonds and pink beaded jewels.
Carnival dancers put almond oil on their feet to prevent skin from cracking and splitting. But they say blisters are inevitable during hours of late night dancing to thundering drums.
“It hurts. You get blisters and feel pain but you samba a lot because you don’t want to stop,” said Michele Eleuterio, 20, of the samba troupe Unidos do Peruche.
You must sacrifice for Samba!
Everybody Samba! Samba! Samba!