FEB
2006
22

Shopping with the Jay

Manolo says, for the fans of the first season of the Project Runway, here is the link to most entertaining interview with the Jay. It is filled with the sort of amusing and outrageous common sense that has made the Jay one of the Manolo’s favorites.

What he could talk about was the aesthetic of his upcoming collection, which he describes in “Project Jay” as being “accessible, wearable, affordable.”

“The intention is just to be easy,” he explained as we entered Lush, which was laid out like a deli, with produce-style bins and shelves of, yes, luscious-smelling bath, beauty and grooming products. “Not easy as in boring or simple, but I like to base everything off jeans and t-shirts. It’s America, after all. Even Charlize Theron and Madonna wear t-shirts and track suits. We concentrate so much in fashion on, like, Zac Posen’s satin-piped bodices and Art Deco bs, and it’s expensive, overrated and probably made like crap. And there is such a push to use fine, expensive fabrics and make $2400 shirts. That’s rent for people, or a college fund! It’s clothes at the end of the day. It’s not a cancer drug, it’s not an AIDS cure. I’d rather sell four hundred million t-shirts at $24.99 apiece and build the house that way then sell eight gowns to some bs artist’s dumb wife.”

And then this section, it contained the favorite part of the Manolo.

“Peggy Moffit, man,” he enthused of his muse. “She’s like [intoned in robot voice] ‘I’m a weird sculpture. I’m mannequin woman.’ That time period was so amazing. You know, Paris Hilton is a joke to me. Lindsay Lohan is supposedly the new face of Chanel. It’s like, ‘Who is the hot new thing?’ That’s why fashion is so fickle. I just stay out of it and do what I want to do.”

In this passage, the Jay shows the great advantage of coming from the hinterland: you are to some of the extent constitutionally and emotionally insulated from the frenetic nonsense of the media metropoli.

The Manolo, he would now remind you that all three of the finalists of the current season, they are not from the New York or the Los Angeles. The Daniel V. he is from Michigan, Chloe is from the Houston, Texas, and the Santino is originally from the Missouri.

FEB
2006
22

Boots for the Big Calves

Manolo says, the Manolo he cannot tell you how many times he receives the emails such as the following from his internet friends.

Dear Manolo,

I have a strange problem that has plagued me for years. I have extremely large calves. Not a normal problem, except when I want to buy some knee-high boots!! It’s impossible. I have tried everywhere, I have tried J.Crew which offers wider calf sizes, I have dried elastic insets, I have tried it all and still have no knee-boots. Last time I measured, they were 15-16 inches around (my calves that is!)! No joke. (No risk of cankles here, my ankles are the opposite and are tiny!). Is there any maker you know of, offering boots for larger calves? Should I get custom made boots? Where do you even go to get custom boots? Please help me, I am begging you!

Soulfully searching for boots,
Karin

This problem it is sadly one that usually did not have the satisfactory solution. Typically, the boots for the girls of the big calves, they are inferior in the quality and style, and the Manolo he will not recommend such things to his friends.

However, now there appears to be at least one of the better designers of the shoes who is addressing this problem. Behold, the Lumiani 69 Extra Calf!

Lumiani 69 Extra Calf      Manolo Likes!  Click!
This boot it is made in Italy, and is of the better quality, and the style it is not bad. However, for the Manolo’s friend, the best feature is that it has the circumference around the calf of 18 inches! This it should fit even the most athletic of the legs.