The Fashion Blog Stars

Manolo says, the English newspaper the Daily Mail they have written the article about the fashion blogs, entitled The Fashion Blog Stars, and they have mentioned the Manolo!

You see, these days, to have one finger on the fashion pulse, you need to have the other one on your computer mouse, reading (or writing) the latest blogs – derived in true 21st century fashion as an abbreviation of ‘web-logs’ – from Planet Style.

The industry that is all about staying one step ahead is struggling to keep up with the plethora of bloggers who are revealing trends before they’re set, passing on gossip before it’s happened and rapidly diminishing the power of the glossy magazines.

Bloggers can be the harshest critics of hyped-up fads and can pull a look from the reject rail and make it hot: so influential and well-read are these internet diarists that the industry’s biggest brand names are vying for a (positive) mention on their sites, and paying to advertise on the most popular pages – making it a lucrative occupation for those that receive a large number of ‘hits’.


An anonymous New Yorker, who writes under the pseudonym Manolo (a tribute, of course, to the one and only Mr Blahnik himself), this amusing blog is a must-read for shoe-lovers everywhere. Witty and authoritative, his unusual prose takes some getting used to, but once you’re in the groove, the to-ing and fro-ing between Manolo and his footwear friends is very entertaining.

This week, someone posed the question; “On “What Not to Wear”, the style gurus are always saying ankle straps shorten the line of the leg. Do you agree? Can only the willowy six-footer teenage model pull off the ankle strap? What sayeth the wise one?”.

“The Manolo sayeth, do not get the Manolo started on the frumpity What Not To Wear peoples. All the Manolo will say, is that in this case they are wrong. Unless you have the excessively stout legs and the 18″ inseam, the line of the leg is not appreciably shortened by the ankle strap shoes.”

Also mentioned in this amusing article are the Manolo’s internet friends at the Bag Snob, the Purse Blog, the My Fashion Life, and the Sartorialist.


Cazabat for the Monday

Luna by Jean-Michel Cazabat   Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, not often, but sometimes (rarely) the descriptions provided by the on-line shoe sellers are poetic.

Such is the case with this beautiful strappy sandal from the Jean-Michel Cazabat, which the copywriter at the Zappos has described as having the “modern medly of metallics”.

You may be assured that for the rest of the week the Manolo will be attempting to work this wonderful, alliterative phrase into all of his conversations.