The Next Carnivale of the Couture

Manolo says, the next Carnivale of the Couture, it will be held at the blog of the super fantastic Fashionable Kiffen. Here is the topic she has suggested, it is the good one.

What item/style/look do you wish would become a trend? Or what trend from the past would you like to resurrect?

Personally, I think that hats are an under-rated accessory. Not baseball caps, or trucker hats (god, no), but fedoras, big floppy straw hats, newsboy caps, etc. A hat can take a boring outfit and elevate to instant chic – plus it will cover up a bad hair day!

Go forth and blog!


Manolo the Columnist

Manolo say, the most recent column of the Manolo for the Express of the Washington Post it is now available for the downloading.

Today, the Manolo receives the request from the young reader.

Dear Manolo,

I was wondering if you could help me pick out a pair of wedges. It’s kind of complicated because I am only 12 years old, soon to be 13. I am also mostly broke. I would love for you to reccomend to me a pair of springy summer wedges that I can afford and are not too expensive.

Sincerely, a Young Admirer,


Ayyyyyyy! This sort of the letter is is so very gratifying!

It demonstrates that the Manolo’s insidious scheme to implant the love of the super fantastic shoes into the hearts of younger generation, it is succeeding. Soon, legions of the pre-teens will be following the advice of the humble shoeblogger, stalking through the local malls looking for the boutiques of the Jimmy Choo and the Marc Jacobs.

Of the course, the Manolo he also loves this letter because it is so simple and innocent, and because it does not contain the laundry list of the various ailments and malformations of the feets.

Yes, it is true, even the Manolo experiences the compassion fatigue.

Sometimes he wearys of hearing about the bunions and the hammer toes and the questions that begin “does Christian Louboutin make shoes for my size 17 feet, which by the way, are also exceedingly flat and excessively wide?”

There is so much suffering in the world, and the Manolo can do so little to alleviate it.

But, look! It is now spring! And the young Margo needs the new shoes!

So, here is cute and affordable pair of the espadrille wedges from the Somethin’ Else by Skechers. Are they not, just like the letter from the Margo, adorable?

Gizmo from Somethin' Else by Skechers     Manolo Likes!  Click!



Manolo says, apparently, the global warming it has rendered the conditions of the Arctic quite bearable.




Manolo says, Please allow the Manolo to wish all of his many Jewish friends the most happiest of the Passovers!


The Boots of the Cowboys

Manolo says, one of the Manolo’s many Australian internet friends has asked the Manolo the question.

Dear Manolo:

On Saturday I found a very special pair of vintage Lucchese cowboy boots, which I ended up buying (see attached — photo taken on cell phone in car right after purchase!). I now have a couple of questions that you probably would be able to answer:

1. Have I made a mistake buying boots of the cowboy this season?

2. If no mistake, what is the best way to wear them now?

Is Jeans-over-boot acceptable, or should I be daring and wear jeans-tucked-into-boot? What about skirts?

I first started wanting a pair of Lucchese boots when I saw them on your blog. When I found this vintage pair, I couldn’t resist. Wearing the boots of the cowboy in Sydney, Australia, however, is definitely making a fashion statement!

Thanks for your help!


The Anne she is the wise woman, as these boots they are exactly to the taste of the Manolo, for as the Manolo has said in the previous bloggings..

Manolo says, it is one of the rules of the Manolo that every super fantastic girl, she needs at the least one pair of the boots of the cowboy. And if you are to own only the single pair you would be wise to to make them very traditional, so that when the fashion it changes (and it always changes) you will not have the pair of the hot-pink ostrich leather boots sitting idle in the closet.

For the Manolo, the boots of the cowboy they are about tradition and function. This it is why the Manolo he loves this basic, very traditional boot from the Lucchese.

And look! This boot that the Anne has purchased, it appears to be the very boot the Manolo has in the past recommended, the sturdy and traditional Lucchese N4540.
Lucchese N4540    Manolo Likes!  Click!
As for the questions the Anne asks, the Manolo would answer emphatically, the Anne has not made the mistake buying these boots, for they are the sort of thing that never truly goes out of the style, no matter where you are living.

Boots such as these should mostly be worn with the jeans untucked. The jeans tucked into the boots, to the Manolo, usually seems costumey.

And as for the wearing the boots with the skirts, such look should be reserved only for the special events, such as the hoe-downs and the festive goat ropings.


The Mouse Shoe

Mouse Slingback by Marc Jacobs    Click!

Manolo says, yes, this shoe it is from the Marc Jacobs, and yes, is the logical and ridiculous extension of the Marc Jacobs original’s mouse shoe.

And thus you see how it is possible to cross the line from the witty to the obvious. Yes, the shoe above it is cute, but it is cute in the “Super Kawaii” manner favored by the girls of the Harajuku.

The original mouse shoes of the Marc Jacobs they were clever and intelligent, they made the allusions; these shoes, they giggle at their own joke.


He Is Already Sort of Yellow

Manolo says, Ayyyyyy! Look out behind you! It’s the Thomas Kinkade!

What the Manolo Is…

Manolo says, here it is, the Tuesday again, time to see what the Manolo is…




Listening To…

It is not the secret that the Manolo keeps the list of the modern geniuses, which he consults from the time to time for the inspiration. Near the top of that list is the name, Nick Park.


Bally’s For the Business

Floresa by Ballys     Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, here are the pair of the attractive and functional moc-toed loafer pumps from the Bally. These shoes they would be perfect for striding through the office leaving in your wake the impression that there goes the young woman destined for the great things.

Even better, you can also impress your co-workers with your frugality, by acquiring these marvelous shoes on the sale, 40% off of the usual price, the savings of over $140 of the American dollars!


Elton’s Closet

The Used Shoes of Elton John

Manolo says, Ayyyyyyy! The little peoples, they will have the chance to the buy the Elton John’s hand-me-downs!

GARAGE SALE: Elton John and hubby David Furnish are cleaning out their closets for charity. Elton’s Closet is a massive five-day public sale of clothing and accessories from his personal wardrobe. The makeshift store will be open to the public on the concourse level of Rockefeller Center today through Saturday. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Yes, it is for the good cause, but judging from the flippity-floppitys on the display here , you would have to be the person of the “special” taste to wear the shoes that had previously been on the body of Elton John.