The World Gone Mad

By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo says, the Manolo asks you, perhaps rhetorically, has the entire world gone mad for evil? Does no one but the Manolo see the truth?

It is not as if there is not the evidence.

For the example look at this from the Asian newspaper.

Then a frisson of excitement ripples through the gaggle hovering about the entrance. Lagerfeld is coming! The anticipation is almost schoolgirl-ish.

He comes marching through in boots, lean black trousers, powder-white ponytail and a brocade jacket, like a veteran rock star.

Lagerfeld is also gone in a flash, with his black-clad entourage like a dark plume of smoke.

It is the common trope of the diabolical: first anticipation of the celebrity of evil, then the dramatic appearance in dark clothing, accompanied by the phalanx of toadies, and then, suddenly…poof! Vanishment in the cloud of smoke!

All that is missing is the strong smell of brimstone.

Brimstone? Perhaps brimstone well masked.

Here is more, this time from the Robin Givhan of the recent Pulitzer.

Before the eyes settle on his attire, the nose takes note. Lagerfeld smells vaguely floral, with a hint of powder. He has spritzed himself with Iris Nobile by Acqua di Parma. It is a woman’s fragrance owned by LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the same company that controls Fendi.

Yes, evil, but flowery feminine evil, the scent of mortal decay covered by the cloying smell of the tube roses.

Such evil, it preens, it struts.

He walks chest forward and with short strides. An observer, who happened to catch one of Lagerfeld’s television appearances, describes his walk as a “Prince meets Ron Wood pimpalicious strut.”



Even those who would toady up to the Lagerfeld are “unsettled” by his mere proximity.

“He’s an authentic genius,” says Peter Marx, president of Saks Jandel, who has known Lagerfeld for 20 years. “There’s something unsettling and special about him.”

Meaning, he gives one the impression that one is being fitted for the shroud.


13 Responses to “The World Gone Mad”

  1. shiloh Says:

    Great caption Manolo. Will go back to cleaning up the coffee spewed on my keyboard after that one.

  2. sfmike Says:

    The Manolo has of course seen “The Omen” at one point or another, or one of its many offshoots, so the Manolo knows to be supercareful about pointing out Satan in Public. It is very, very dangerous. May all blessings be upon you.

  3. desertwind Says:

    The desertwind is in love with the Robin Givhan and her “Hot under the collar” story. Woof, she’s got a way with words…

    The head of Fat Lagerfeld: “… a boiled egg balanced atop a porcelain cup.”
    Skinny Lagerfeld: “… a very thin body topped by a large gray orb.”

    Hee! Hee! Hee Ho!

  4. chloe Says:

    I really don’t like Karl Lagerfield. He said he lost weight to fit into Hedi Slimane’s Dior Homme suits but the guys ancient. Fat or not fat, he could not pull this look off anyway!

    I’ve just started my own shoe blog at Check it out if you’ve got five minutes.


  5. Sara Says:

    He must be a very bad alien to be escorted by the Men In Black everywhere he goes, don’t you think?

  6. clam_fan Says:

    I think you are giving him far too much credit. He doesn’t have the chops to be pure evil–just your run of the mill egotist who thinks his work is important and meaningful. Plus, I really don’t think the Devil would spend soooo much time primping–somehow I just invision the Devil being a bit more secure in who he is….

  7. mochasoul86 Says:

    i have to agree with clam_fan. to accept praise for fashion that seems straight from the trash bin of a rejected horror movie is wrong on all kinds of levels. but this kind of self worship is just foolish.

  8. meimei Says:

    This I know for sure: Iris Nobile by Acqua di Parma has been ruined for me. RUINED, I tell you!

  9. ohio amy Says:

    manolo- what is the last name? Is it shoe? Tell me it is manolo shoe..

  10. Anonymous Says:

    *koff* Manolo must please be aware that occasionally, the scent of roses has been associated with Satan.


    Ooh la love.

    He’s not the pure genius Chanel was, but your Evil One is genius nonetheless.

    And you’re genius for hating on someone great for SEO.

  12. raincoaster Says:

    This is brazilliant! I know somebody who used to work with him and he is, indeed, pure evil.

    But Tommy Hilfiger’s brother is worse.

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