The Organizing of the Carnivale of the Couture

Manolo says, the Manolo who has been most busy this summer, what with the travelling and the vigorous relaxing in the chairs of lounging, he needs to announce to his many internet blogging friends that the Desiginer Ella and the Bargain Queen have graciously volunteered to organize the future Carnivales of the Couture.

The Manolo he simply does not have the time to organize this most important weekly event, and so we must profusely thank the Ella and the Queen for this, and we must participate most actively.

What the Manolo Is…

Manolo says, finally, the Manolo he is finished with the travellings, and now he will be free to devote more effort to his humble shoe blog, but first it is time to see what the Manolo is…




Listening to…

The Manolo he is continuing to enjoy the light reading provided by the Flashman Papers.


More Chinese Big Shoes

This one it is very pretty, no?

Manolo says, Ayyyyy! Yet more evidence that the Chinese they love the giant shoes!

Previous examples: Chinese Big Shoe 1, Chinese Big Shoe 2, Chinese Big Shoes 3.

Manolo the Columnist

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

Today’s topic it is the men with the big feets.

Dear Manolo,

My stepfather is despairing because of his big feet. He says he loves shoes, but he cannot find stylish, comfortable shoes that are size 14 and “medium wide.” Please help!


Manolo says, the Manolo he receives each month many dozens of the emails from the desperate womens who have giant feets. However, this it is the first time the Manolo can recall the letter asking the Manolo to help the man with the large feets.

It is the nearly universal truism that the mens take great pride in the size of the feets, as with other body parts that shall remain unnamed, the bigger the better, and indeed the Manolo himself, he has always been happy to say that he wears the manly size eleven.

The correct solution to any problem with the foot size it is the save the moneys and have the shoes custom made, however, this it is not always possible. Thus the Manolo would tell the step-father of the Tracie to do what the professional athletes do and consider the Bruno Magli. There was the reason why the O.J. Simpson shod his own size twelve feets with the shoes of the Bruno Magli.

Here is the Magonza from the Bruno Magli, the classic and handsome moccasin toe loafer, available up to the size 15 in the EEE widths.

Mogonza by Bruno Magli    Manolo Likes!  Click!


Project Runway 3, Week 4

Manolo says, this week the previews for the Project Runway they promised much entertainment as someone was to be pitched from the show. And, indeed, someone was pitched from the show, the Keith who was unceremoniously shown to the exit by the Tim Gunn, in the full the Dean of the College mode.

The Manolo is sorry to see this happen. First he is sorry to see the Keith sent packing as he was not only the very talented designer (his dress in the doggy challenge it was absolutely beautiful), but also the Keith he was becoming the perfect villain; arrogant, cool, back-biting, handsome, egocentric, talented, willing to break the rules to advance himself. The perfect dramatic foil to the others, and now, like the Malan, he is gone and will be terribly missed.

Of the course, to the Manolo, much worse than being sent away, was being sent away for such the trivial matter, and so undramatically. There was no build up to the moment, just Kayne crying like the titty-baby tattletale because he had found the pattern books, and then the Head Master Tim appearing at the door to send the bad boy down from school.

Think how much better this episode would have been if the Keith, he had really done something evil, like attempting to slowly poison the other contestants with the strychnine. Now, that would have been the television worth the watching!

As for the challenge of the week, in the word: Meh.

Design the mildly trendy, but not too challenging outfit that may be mass retailed to the poor girls who must slave in the offices. You have three of the American dollars to spend on material.

And thus, we the humble viewers were once again given the teams, and watched as they produced the art by committee, turning out the bland and blah outfits that would not be out of place in the Jacqueline Smith collection at the Kmart.

At the least, the super fantastic Michael (the Manolo’s new favorite) and Laura, (she of the sternum that could cut glass) restrained the wickety-wacking ways of the Angela, to produce the short jackety-panty outfit that captured the Macys’ INC gestalt perfectly. To which the Manolo would reply, Ho-Hum.

Not even the appearance of Howie Mandel in the cameo as the Macys’ Man could enliven the proceedings.

As for the judging, please, please, please, Micheal Kors come home. You are needed now more than ever.

Special Project Runway Bonus Question: If you were to be forced to have your neck tattooed, at the gun point, what would you have put on there? Extra credit if it includes the name of the major midwestern American city.

Prada Leopard for the Fall

Prada Mini Leopard Clog  Manolo Loves!  Click!

Manolo says, this shoe, the mini leopard clog from the Prada, the Manolo absolutely loves. It is the very definition of the super fantastic!

What the Manolo Is…

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


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It it unbelieveable to the Manolo that he had not discovered the Flashman books before this time. They are absolutely hilarious, and the Manolo plans to read them all over the next few weeks.