Archive - February, 2007

Glam Boat

Glam Boat by Sergio Rossi   Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, these shoes from the Sergio Rossi are beautiful and very much worth the wearing, however, to the Manolo’s eye they have two minor defects.

The first is the ridiculous name, the Glam Boat, which sounds to the Manolo like the second-rate cruise line, perhaps one that sails the waters off of Atlantic City. The second is the little tassle which depends from the instep. It is distracting, and adds nothing to the line of this fine shoe.

So, the Manolo recommends removing the tassle, and then calling the shoes whatever you wish, perhaps something like the “Sergio’s Super Fantastic Silvery Shoe”.

Even better, you may make these changes more cheaply than usual, as this shoe is currently 40% off of the usual price, the savings of $220 of the American dollars.

Manolo’s Wednesday Miscellany

Manolo says, here are the few links that may perhaps amuse…

Even if you don’t admire her style, you have to admire her bravery!

I was browsing the BP Shoe section at Nordstrom when I happened upon this…Holy Jesus!

Japanese Gothic Lolitas! from the Coquette.

Shoe Blogging

Manolo says, for the past several weeks the Manolo has been meaning to mention to you the new shoe blogs which he believes to be worthy of your attention.

ShoeBlog and the ShoeForum are the wonderful new sites which would be of interest to anyone who loves the shoes. The Manolo is especially happy to see that the blogger known as the Shoesense has reappeared as one of the contributors here, as she is one of the smartest and most readable of all the shoe bloggers.

The Well Heeled Society makes the Manolo jealous because he did not come up with this perfect name for the shoe blog first.

Shoebunny is the place to find which shoes the celebrities are wearing. Yes, it is the specialized blog, but it is amusing nonetheless, and the Manolo goes there once or twice the week to catch up. (Sadly, the Manolo must now chastise the Shoebunny, for their shoe blogging community spirit is weak, as they do not link to any other of the fashion bloggers.)

Shoeaholic’s Anonymous features the short and amusing posts.

ShoeIQ has the good small collection of the posts and the articles about the shoes.

Little did the Manolo realise two and the half years ago when he first started his humble Shoe Blog that the shoe blogging would soon become the important genre of blogs, and that eventually there would be many dozens of the blogs devoted to his beloved shoes. It makes him so very happy that others would join him in this most amusing and gratifying pastime.

Manolo shouts, Let the thousand shoe blogs bloom!

The Fate of the Platforms, Part II

Manolo says, one of the Manolo’s internet friends has responded to the Manolo’s post about the platforms.

The shoes above are just for drama…. aren’t they??? I mean, they can’t be for real.

Of course they are for the real.

The Manolo reminds you of the towering Balenciaga fetish-esque ankle boots, which were made famous by the Olsen urchin.


Yes, at the first, when they appeared on the runway, they seemed ridiculous, but they were worn by the celebrities, and now some of the fashion bloggers are reconsidering them.

For the Manolo, however, these Balenciaga boots were yet more evidence that we had entered the terminal phase of this recent iteration of the platforms.

The fashion is no different than any other form of the art, and thus when the classical period has ended and the period of decadence has been entered the artists believe they must push the boundries of their form, sometimes resulting in the ridiculous excess, sometime resulting in the charming beauty.

The Manolo is the lover of the classic, and although he will make the exceptions (such for as the Fragonard) he prefers the Palladian to the Rococo, which is perhaps why both the Balenciaga and the Dior platform excesses leave him cold.

What the Manolo Is…

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

Reading…

Listening to…

Reading…

This week, the Manolo is considering moving to Tuscany.

The Fate of the Platforms

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

Hey Manolo,

Just want to preface that I absolutely love your fashion blog (but I bet you hear that all the time)! But anyway, as I was perusing the latest issue of Vogue, I ran into a little article about how platforms are coming to an end ( A New Altitude p352). Is this true? Will my 5′ 3/4″ frame never again surpass the average height for women?

What are you thoughts?

Carmel

Fresh from the internets this very morning, the Manolo gives you the John Galliano’s Fall 2007 ready-to-wear collection from the Dior.

Yes, the platforms they are not completely yet out.

Although, to judge from the height and the color and the excessive strappiness we have moved from the restrained and classical period of the platforms into the final decadant period before they leave the scene for the few years. You have until perhaps the end of the year to enjoy them.

The Manolo has spoken.

Michael Kors on the Sale

Jaden from the Michael Kors   Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, these understated and westerny suede boots from the Michael Kors would be perfect to wear with your flouciest skirt to go “whooping it up” with the sunburned cowboy whom you met at the feed store that had the special on the cat chow.

Even better, they are on the sale, 44% off of the usual price, the savings of almost $250 of the American dollars!

Manolo’s Tuesday Miscellany

Manolo says, here are the few links that may perhaps amuse…

As I was pawing through the astounding conglomeration on the floor of my closed, I came across my emergency shoes.

“There were stitches in places where you’d least expect them. And measurements were rather vague. So the thicker the layer between your feet and your boots, the better”

There was something in the air in the early years of commercial aviation.

Victory!

Manolo says, perhaps the light it is at the end of the tunnel.

SHE’S the Hollywood star credited for turning an Australian icon into a worldwide fashion phenomenon, but Pamela Anderson has taken the shears to her longterm love affair with Ugg boots.

In perhaps her blondest moment yet, the former Baywatch babe has announced she is putting the boot into her footwear staple of the last decade, boycotting Uggs after finally realising they were made from shaved sheep skin.

The mother-of-two, who is a staunch animal rights activist and member of PETA, says she is wracked with guilt over the fact that women around the globe followed in her footsteps by wearing the boots.

“I’m getting rid of my Uggs – I feel so guilty for that craze being started around my Baywatch days,” Anderson wrote on her website.

“I used to wear them with my red swim suit to keep warm never realizing that they were skin! I thought they were shaved kindly?”

“It’s what I grab by my door in the mornings to bring my kids to school or walk my dog on the beach at 6am or anything early. I’ve definitely over-used them – and that’s it!”

While fashion critics have always been inclined to label Anderson’s penchant for the boots as Ugh, the busty pin-up sparked a massive celebrity craze replicated by wannabe fashionistas around the globe after being consistently photographed wearing the comfortable boots for years.

“People like to tell me all the time that I started that trend – yikes!” Anderson wrote.

“Well let’s start a new one. Do NOT buy Uggs! Buy Stella McCartney or juicy boots.”

Amen, sister, amen!

Perhaps, finally, our long international nightmare is over, and we may now devote all of our energies to destroying the Crocs.

The Awards of the Academy

Manolo says, last night the most super fantastic stars of the Hollywood (with one lamentably neglected exception) turned out for the annual awarding of the Awards of the Academy!

As is customary following such events the Manolo will now provide his comments about those who were in attendence at the gilded event and the parties which surrounded it.

First the hostesss..

The red velveteen leisure suit and the white patent leather shoes? The Ellen really glamed it up, eh?

Señor Pumpkinhead goes formal.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Taste.

Best Director, General Tom Thumb

It was the big year for the dancing penguins

Casting for the worst romantic comedy ever.

Diamond Shoes of the Oscars

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Manolo says, once again the Stuart Weitzman has produced the most super fantastic shoes for tonight’s ceremony of the Oscars, and they are to be worn by the Anika Non-i Rose.

She has been overshadowed by Beyoncé Knowles and Oscar nominee Jennifer Hudson. But Sunday night, Anika Non-i Rose, the third songbird in the Dreamgirls trio, gets her chance to glitter on the Oscars red carpet in Stuart Weitzman’s Diamond Dream shoe.

Rose digs Weitzman’s heels because “they’re so comfortable, so when they asked me if I wanted to do it, I said absolutely.” Her silver stiletto, worth $500,000, is adorned with 30 carats’ worth of Kwiat diamonds.

Rose says she’s not nervous about losing any of the rocks. “I’m sure someone will be standing next to me with a net and a metal detector in case one falls off,” she says with a laugh.

Only half the million dollars? Last year the shoes were worth $3,000,000! Here is the picture of the last year’s shoes.

Manolo the Pamphleteer

Manolo says, here is the podcast from the Pajamas Media.

About three-quarters of the way through the podcast you will hear the Manolo mentioned. Why? Because he is is writing the pamphlet for the New Pamphleteers, which is headed by the Manolo’s internet friend, the Adam Bellow.

The pamphlet shall be entitled “The Consolation of the Shoes” and it shall appear in perhaps three weeks or so.

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