Say No to the Crocs!

Manolo says, one of the Manolo’s many internet friends is crying out for the help.


Unlike many non-fashion bloggers, I, one of the Ditzy Democrats, read your shoe blog daily, and follow the advice of the Manolo. We are the only political blog that links to the Manolo in the DC area, and our taste in shoes, well, it is based on that of the Manolo’s.

Unfortunately, the family members of the Ditzy Democrats do not do the same, and it is for this that I write to you. My mother is set, and I mean SET on buying a pair of… Crocs! Ayyyyyyyy!!! I have tried everything, but nothing will deter her from wanting them- “they are so comfortable!” I managed to keep her from buying a pair when she was in Key West (can you imagine!) but now, back in DC, she wants a pair, and because a friend of hers has a pair that she wears whilst working on thier sailboat, she is more set in her desire for these ugliest of ugly shoes.

What can I tell her? I am at a loss, which may sound a little, um, crazy to those who do not know how horrid Crocs are, or how important superfantastic shoes are, but she just won’t listen to me. Any suggestions?

Many thanks,

Manolo says, the only thing that is needed is to remind the mother that there are the particular symptoms that indicate the onset of the senility…

Non compos mentis: legal grounds for committal.

As for the other arguments, the Manolo would merely have the Melissa send the mother to the Manolo’s humble disquisition on the topic of the Crocs, there she will find this bit of wisdom.

Yes, the defenders of the Crocs they will speak, as the defenders of the ugly often do, of the great comfort of this “shoe”. Manolo asks you, why must the “comfort” always be the war cry of those who would lead us into the bad shoes?

Manolo says, comfort and style they are not incompatable, one does not obviate the other.

Finally, the Manolo he has it on good authority, from those who have worn the Crocs and repented, that these plastic not-so-super-fantastic shoes cause the unnatural sweating of the feets, sweating that would leave the elderly mother smelling like the anteroom of the Turkish bath.

So, in conclusion, say no to the Crocs!


Depardieu in Love!

Manolo says, look at these pictures of the Depardieu at the Cannes, with the Belgian actress the Cecile de France, the costar of the new movie.

Clearly, the Depardieu he is in the love!

As for the Cecile?

Meh..not so much.

What the Manolo Is…

Manolo says, after the weekend of the long holiday, the Manolo he is back at his computer, and will now provide his many internet friends with list of what the Manolo is…


Listening to…


The Manolo he is doing what he traditionally does when he spends his months in the Los Angeles, visiting all of his favorite places for the dining and the watching of the celebrities.

Last week, at the Giorgio Baldi’s, the Manolo, he and his companion, they were seated at the table next to the very amusing and lively Cloris Leachman, who was one table over from the Robert Wagner. Half way through the meal of the grilled langostines (indeed super fantastic!), the Giada de Laurentis appeared and said hello before being seated. On the way out of the restaurant, it was the Ricky Jay who was to be seen waiting in the car park.

As one may see, the Manolo he is unashamedly among those easily impressed by the minor stars.

The Carnivale of the Couture #19

Manolo says, the latest installment of the Carnivale of the Couture it is now available for your reading pleasure at the blog of the Fashion is the Verb.

The Next Carnivale of the Couture

Manolo says, the Fashion is the Verb blog has posted the topic for the very next Carnivale of the Couture.

My question to you all is this: What movie do you credit with being responsible for the biggest Fashion Don’ts? In other words- Which movie started off clothing trends that never should have been.

For me, many movies come to mind, but the one that stands out the most, is actually one of my guilty pleasures.

You must go read the whole thing, for her own answer to this question it is both correct and brilliant.


Here is the list of the next few blogs who will host the Carnivale of the Couture.

Week of the Monday, June 5th – The Space Between My Ears
Week of the Monday, June 12th – The Sewing Divas
Week of the Monday, June 19th – About Shoes
Week of the Monday, June 26th – Style Bard

Several peoples have inquired about the “rules” for the hosting of the Carnivale, to which the Manolo has replied that they are very simple: Pick the topic, make the announcement, collect the posts, make the links, post the Carnivale!

The Manolo would also wish you to know that step of choosing the topic it is not absolutely necessary.

If you are the next host of the Carnivale and you cannot devise the suitable topic, do not panic. Many other blog carnivals do not have the weekly topic, in the stead they ask each participant to select what they believe to be their best post from the previous week, which then becomes the submission for the carnival.

So, if you cannot produce the topic, announce that it is the potluck week, and ask for the best posts from the previous week….et voila! The Carnivale it is ready.


Manolo the Columnist

Manolo says, the latest column of the Manolo it is now available for the downloading from the website of the Express of the Washington Post.

It is the Day of Memorializing! Celebrate!

Dear Manolo,

Memorial Day is almost here. Can you pick me out a white shoe in honor of this annual fashion milestone.


Manolo says, at the last! The summer it is officially here! Let the suffering begin!

It is not the secret that the summer in the District of the Columbia, it can be unpleasant. The humidity and the heat they are oppressive, and the mosquitos they are as thick and as importuning as the candidates asking for the contributions.

It is this latter fact which always makes the Manolo give thanks to the person who invented the electronic zapper of the bugs. This clever device it kills the pests while the electric blue sparks provide us with hours of joyful entertainment.

If only the zapper it could be produced in the extra-strength congressperson size, then this city of Washington, truly it would be the Garden of Eden.

Of the course, the Manolo he has his own ways of surviving the unpleasantness of summers in this climate, most of which involve leaving, and/or never returning. However, there is the other possiblity, which it is to put on the cooling cotton clothing and the white summery shoes and stride out into the wilting world with the attitude of good cheer.

This it is why the Manolo is so very fond of the resort shoes of the Lilly Pulitzer, because they are the epitome of the summer cool. This one, called the Juicy, it is exactly what the weather demands.

The Juicy by the Lilly Pulitzer    Manolo Likes!  Click!


Faye Wildenstein!

Manolo says, this it answers the question: what if the Norma Desmond were still alive?


The Hacking of the Manolo

Manolo says, Ayyyyyyyyyy!

It appears that the blogs of the Manolo have been hacked into by the persons unknown to the Manolo, who have installed the trojan download onto the front page of all of the Manolo’s blogs.

The Manolo belives that he has taken care of this problem, however, you if you visited the blogs of the Manolo during the preceeding day, you may wish to examine your computers for the trojan progams.

It is perhaps the virus described at this link that you may wish to look for. It is the virus the TROJ_WMFCRASH.C or perhaps one of its variations.

The Manolo himself he uses the Macintosh, and so his machine has not been affected by this infestation, which it is perhaps why he did not notice this earlier.

Of the course, the Manolo he offers you his most heartfelt apologies for any problems this may have caused you.


Ecce Ho!

Manolo says, Mrs. Madonna Louise Ciccone Penn Richie of Detriot, Michigan, shown in a candid moment at home.

What the Manolo is…

Manolo says, it is the Tuesday and so it is once again time to see what the Manolo is…


Listening to…


The Giorgio he runs what is simply the best restaurant in all of the Los Angeles.

Gladiator Variation

Pristine by Beverly Feldman   Manolo Likes!  Click!
Manolo says, here from the Beverly Feldman is the attractive variation on the very “with it” gladiator sandal.

This one, with the green jadeish ornamentation, it whispers to the Manolo of the forbidden romantic intrigue with the hunky novus homo who has just risen from the proletariat .

In the other words, it is simply the perfect shoe to feed your Colleen McCullough fueled fantasies.