Archive - June, 2006

Manolo the Columnist

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

The topic it is the wedding on the Vermont lawn.

Dear Manolo,

I’ve been invited to a friend’s wedding in Vermont. The ceremony and the reception will be outdoors, on a lawn and I’ve been advised it will be “semi-formal”. Please help me.

Brittany

Manolo says, what could be more possibly romantic and New Englandy than the outdoors wedding in the Vermont. Such natural beauty, such interesting peoples!

Indeed, one imagines the reception with the hairy Birkenstock-wearing guests clomping over to the cheddar cheese fountain, their dogs next to them wearing the semi-formal bandanas, and mira! There is the bride! Is she not stunning in her couture L.L. Bean gown?

Of the course, all is not perfect in this Northeastern paradise, especially if the Brittany she must herself traipse over the typical Vermont “lawn”, the word which in other places might better be translated as “the pasture”, or perhaps, “the swamp”.

Thus the shoe of the Brittany must have the stylish wedge heel, so as to prevent the sinking. And it must also be somewhat sturdy, as maybe later there may even be the “barn dance” featuring the Phish cover band.

Here, then is the Tassel from the Cynthia Rowley, the handsome suede wedge in the light green that will look good no matter what the Green Mountains bring.

Illude by Cynthia Rowley    Manolo Likes!  Click!

Flip-Flopping Away the Career

Manolo says, here is the obvious article about the various career dangers of the flip-flops.

With more women wearing flip-flops to the office this summer, U.S. style gurus are warning that the casual shoe once mainly seen on the beach could be damaging to careers — as well as to feet.

[…]

An online survey conducted for retailers Old Navy and Gap found flip-flops topped the list of wardrobe items that college and high school students planned to wear to work this summer.

More than 31 percent of women said flip-flops were the single “must have” item for work this summer.

But many companies disagree.

“The dress code says no beach wear and flip-flops are considered beach wear,” said a spokeswoman for BNP Paribas.

Style gurus warn that flip-flops, which are worn mainly by younger women, could be harmful to a career.

“Shoes convey the mood of a woman. Wearing flip-flops conveys the mood that you are relaxed and on vacation. That’s not a good message in the office,” said Meghan Cleary, a style commentator who wrote the book “The Perfect Fit: What Your Shoes Say About You.”

The Manolo’s internet friend the Miss Meghan she is, as usual, exactly correct. Unless you are working as the waitress at the beach cafe, or are the Jimmy Buffet, you should not be wearing the flip-flops to your place of professional employment.

And it is silly that we must even discuss this, just as it was silly last year when we were compelled to discuss the flip-flopping in the House of Whiteness.

Kate Spade Pom-Poms!

Illude by Kate Spade    Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, this frivolous bedroomy shoe from the Kate Spade, it is completely inappropriate for the serious office, which is exactly why the Manolo loves it! Perfect for the intimate cocktail party with good friends and the cold martinis.

Even the better, you can be frivolous and bedroomy at the bargain price, almost 50% off of the usual cost. The savings of over $150 of the American dollars!

Pizza Boy

Manolo says, the Manolo hopes he is not expecting the tip.

What The Manolo Is…

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

Reading…

Watching…

Eating…

Sienkiewicz! The Polish master of plotting and pacing!

Shoes for the Modern Cave Man

Manolo says, here you see the result of what happens when you have the designer who thinks too much.

P.S. Many thanks to the Dorothy for the link.

The Next Carnivale of the Couture

Manolo says, the topic for the next Carnivale of the Couture, it has been posted at the Blog of the Style Bard, who asks us to consider…

In what clothes and accessories would you like to be buried?

This it is the marvelous topic!

Because the Manolo he would wish to appear in his best for all of the eternity, he thus hopes to be buried in his favorite wool, dark grey, single-breasted bespoke suit, the fine white shirt with the heavenly blue Hermes tie windsor knotted at the neck, and with his finest John Lobb shoes upon his now lifeless feets.

The peaceful corpse, beautifully dressed.

Giant MaryJanes


Manolo says, Ayyyyyyy! It is the giant feets of the giantess!

The Carnivale of the Couture #22

Manolo says, the latest installment of the Carnivale of the Couture it is now available at the About Shoes. Naturally, it is all about the shoes, the topic closest to the heart of the Manolo.

Manolo the Columnist

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

Today, the Manolo discusses one of the horrors of modern life, the “comfort shoes.”


Dear Manolo,

Can you please recommend some stylish comfort shoes for me?

Audrey

Manolo says, ayyyyy! Few things in the language of the English can inspire such cold dark horror in the breast of the Manolo as the phrase “the comfort shoes.”

More atrocities have been committed, by the comfort shoes than all of the Mongol hordes, the oil tankers, and the chainsaws combined.

It is the truism of the Manolo that the word “comfort” allows the shoe companies to believe that they can foist upon the peoples the most hideous sort of the shoes; shoes that appear to be constructed out of the rubberized burlap and dried dung, shoes that would not have been tolerated by our cave-dwelling ancestors.

This it is not to say that the comfort and style are incompatible, indeed they are not.

But rather it is to note that those shoe companies who market only based upon the comfort are, to the mind of the Manolo, equal to the Big Tobacco in the damage they are doing to the tender and gullible soul of this nation.

If you wish to see the shoe that is stylish and comfortable, but emphatically not the “comfort shoes” then the Manolo would present to you the Physical by the Stuart Weitzman; simple, atrtractive, classical, and designed to be worn on almost any occasion.

To this the Manolo can only add that this past weekend, the Posse Manolo tried on the wedge variation of the Physical by the Stuart Weitzman, and to the woman, they characterized it as being among the most comfortable shoes they have ever worn.

Anne Klein on the Sale

Eifel by Anne Klein New York    Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, the weekend it is coming, and perhaps you are going out to somewhere stylish, where the simple black shoes with the handsome classic lines are needed, yes?

Well, here is just such the shoe from the Anne Klein New York. Even the better it is on the sale, more than 50% off of the regular price! The savings of over $125 of the American dollars.

Do These Make Me Look Flat?

Ballet Flats from Pretty Ballerina.

Manolo says, here is the link to the brief article on the history and popularity of the ballet flats.

We bow (or maybe a pirouette would be more appropriate) to whoever thought to take a ballet slipper, slap on a sturdier sole, finish it in a nicer fabric, add some cute adornments and take it to the street.

Since its transformation from the dance studio to daily life, the ballet flat has become one of the hottest shoe trends – one that miraculously couples cuteness with comfort. Forget the gold and silver satin metallic finish that we associate with the typical fashion ballet flat. Check out what’s new for the shoe that is enjoying an extended stay on the fashion forefront.

Back when ballet flats were strictly a dancer’s shoe, the Mascaro family opened a handcrafted ballet shoe workshop in Menorca, Spain in 1918. After many years, the company is now recognized internationally for the Jaime Mascaro collection of shoes and bags, as well as the Pretty Ballerinas line, a collection of street-worthy ballet flats and pumps that – with over 30 styles in the spring collection alone – have something for every foot.

Of the course, the Manolo he is the big fan of both the ballet flat and the Jamie Mascaro.

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