Project Runway 2, Week 8

Manolo says, goodnight sweet princess Andrae. By the end, the Manolo he had grown to like you for your inherent sweetness, and although you fully deserved to lose (Astroturf!), the Manolo he cannot but respect your ability as the designer.

Elsewhere in this episode…

The Santino is slowly redeeming himself with his perfect and hilarious Timpression, but not his designs. And yes, the Santino he is still chastened.

The Kara’s skirt, with sad looking grass, was not pretty, but the top it was very good. And yes, the Kara she is still annoying.

The Chloe she is the smart one. She knows exactly how to make something work. Once again, her work it is boringly good.

Likewise, what is there not to love about the Daniel V.? He again proves why he should be the winner of the whole contest

The Nick, he is slowly self-destructing before our eyes. His outfit it was not “vulgar” just, meh. Sadly, he has lost the confidence in his considerable abilities and now appears on the edge of the breakdown.

By the way, the Michael Kors, with the “Nick is vulgar” comment, he reminds us why he is this generation’s Bill Blass.

And, finally, the Heidi Klum she shows us with her wonderful sense of the humor, why the Seal is perhaps the luckiest man in the universe, this even though she was wearing the ugliest maternity outfit not made of the burlap the Manolo has ever seen. It looked like someone had taken the white sweat shirt, turned it upside down and sewed in the neck hole.


Scenes from History

Manolo says, sometimes the pictures they just speak for themselves.


The Fashion Police

Manolo says, undoubtedly, the world it would be the much more super fantastic place if the Manolo actually did have the police powers.

The first law to be strenuously enforced? One must dress appropriately for the occasion.

Under no conceivable circumstance should one wear the slogan-bearing t-shirt to the Statement of the Union Speech. And, if you are silly enough to do this, you deserve to be led out in shame to the Capitol Rotunda where the gay-but-fashion-challenged Fab Five they will publicly make you over into the ridiculous metrosexual. This they should do even if you are the woman.

Trust the Manolo, wearing the political t-shirt to the formal ceremonial event, it does nothing for your cause. Indeed, the trivality of such attire, it perhaps even undermines the seriousness of your position.

P.S. By the way, the Manolo he has already addressed the issue of what is the appropriate feetwear to wear to the ceremonial events.


AK for the Poor Girl

Manolo says, once again the Manolo he is being besieged by the poor girls who need the help finding the affordable shoes. Letters like this one below, they are typical.

Dear Manolo,

I need shoes like a fish needs water, but I don’t have any money. Please, help me.

Your devoted fan,


As always the Manolo he tells the poor girls to save their moneys and buy the most super fantastic shoes. Nothing can compare to the confidence and pleasure one finds in wearing the beautiful, well-made shoes.

Yet, at the same of the times, the Manolo knows what it is like to be poor, so poor that you must construct your own super fantastic shoes out of the subscription inserts found in the fashion magazines you have retrieved from the dumpster behind the offices of the Conde Nast.

And so the Manolo he would recommend to his poor friends the shoes of the AK Anne Klein, as being stylish and affordable. Here are three that have especially struck the fancy of the Manolo, all of which sell for under $100 of the American dollars.

Fletcher by AK Anne Klein     Manolo Likes!  Click!

This smart high-heeled loafer, it is the handsome office shoe, one that would serve the poor girl well while she saves her moneys.

Margy by AK Anne Klein    Manolo Likes!  Click!

This slingback, it would be good for both the office and the dinner afterwards.

Dawnette by AK Anne Klein   Manolo Likes!  Click!
Here is the lower heeled pump that one would not be ashamed to wear to the office.

Yes, these inexpensive shoes they are undoubtedly made in the China, from leather whose provenance it is perhaps best described as “dubious”, but the designs they the good, and the shoes themselves they will keep the poor girl shod until she can afford something better.