Archive - May, 2007

Manolo’s Thursday Miscellany

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

A girl is not even safe in her neighbourhood grocery store.

My characters wear shoes. Shoes are useful and can also be quite decorative.

Two of the cats had a slight accident on the trip home but were easily repaired with glue and a bit of quiet time.

NASCAR Shoes?

Manolo says, ayyyyyy! The crazy rich NASCAR peoples have entered the lady’s shoe market.

Here is the description.

40 million women are NASCAR fans, which makes it easy to believe that 77% of women feel that their sprit and attitude can make them beautiful. NASCAR footwear celebrates your spirit, your attitude and your beauty in a fun and sexy way.

Celebrate your “spirit” with the lime green cowboy boots…

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Perfect for the blowsy bleach blond in the halter-top and the too-tight shorty-shorts, who has the prominent number 3 tattooed on her generous bosom.

In the other words, the urban sophisticate.

Actually, the lime green boots the Manolo would expect, these shoes below, he would not…

Iman by Nascar!   Manolo thinks WTF?  Click!The Sole of NASCAR!

NASCAR shoes, perfect for catching that high-quality man…

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Here is the article from the USA Today

NASCAR is nudging its female fans to slip into something a little more comfortable — and fashionable.

NASCAR bikinis are coming this summer. NASCAR high heels and cowgirl boots are on tap. And NASCAR women’s leather jackets are showing up in fashion circles far from NASCAR winner’s circles.

The sizzling stock car racing brand — which still has no female drivers in its top circuit — can no longer take women for granted. NASCAR might seem a boys’ club, but women are 40% of NASCAR’s fan base and 50% of its new fans.

Sales of NASCAR’s licensed merchandise have flattened at $2 billion, and the brand thinks it can boost product sales — and image — by courting female fans.

Five years ago, NASCAR sold $84 million in goods for women. This year, it expects to sell roughly $250 million, much of it online at nascar.com, says Mark Dyer, vice president of licensing.

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Roughly 35 styles of NASCAR-branded women’s shoes and boots should hit retailers by August. Genius Fashion, which designed them, expects sales of up to $50 million within three years, says Shannon Hanna, president.

Western boots embroidered with racing flags on the front will sell for $189. Some pumps, decorated with tiny steering wheels, sell for up to $239. “You can drive in all these shoes,” Hanna says. “Even the heels are walkable.”

As the Manolo has pointed out in the past, “walkable” does not equal “wearable”.

21st Century Goober

Manolo says, Headband Boy, the other Pyle cousin.

Pucci for the Thursday

774768 Pattern Pump from Emilio Pucci    Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, here to brighten your Thursday is the yellowy-reddish patterned pump from the Pucci. The form is so simple, but the pattern is the pure Pucci, which is what makes it so wonderful.

Whose Shoes…The Answer!

Manolo asked, whose shoes?

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Manolo answers, the Lindsay Lohan!

Congratulations to the Manolo’s internet friend the Tamrabee who got the correct answer straight away. Well done!

The Blahnik Zebra

Zebra Mary Jane Pumps from Manolo Blahnik!  Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, in honor of the Maestro’s potential entry into the wilds of the blogosphere, the Manolo the Shoeblogger gives you this pair of the sweetly savage Maestro Manolo Blahnik mary jane zebra pumps.

The Consolation of the Shoes

The Consolation of the Shoes by Manolo the Shoeblogger

“…indispensable reading, stunningly witty and hugely informative.”
Roger L. Simon

“…a must for writers seeking inspiration and motivation.”
The Rouge Wave

“Revelations spring out of Manolo’s variegated and amusing prose like rare resplendent orchid flowers from the luxuriant tropical vegetation…”
Shoesense

“Manolo’s erudition leads the reader on a humor-filled treasure hunt through oblique pop-culture references, quotes from Paradise Lost, the annals of European art history, and world culture.”
The Utne Reader

Manolo asks, what are you waiting for?

Please go buy the copy of the Consolation of the Shoes, it is only $6 of the American dollars.

The Maestro Blogs!

Manolo says, ayyyyyyyy! This is perhaps the most wonderful internet news of all time!!!

FASHION is increasingly turning to the internet for inspiration. Manolo Blahnik has now announced the launch of his website, www.manoloblahnik.com , which he will update regularly with his thoughts, plans and information on store openings, to keep customers in-the-loop with all things feet-chic. “The new site will update Manolo Blahnik aficionados all over the world with his work by highlighting the season’s top shoes and giving an overview of the collection,” says a company spokesperson. The site, which launches this week, will also include a biography of the infamous designer, a comprehensive news section and a listing of all worldwide boutiques. We’ve only got one complaint though, Mr. Blahnik: we can’t snap up your heels online, and we’re hoping this service will be added to the site as soon as possible – so step to it!

When Maestro officially starts his blog, the humble Manolo the Shoeblogger can finally close down his, safe in the knowledge that he has been eclipsed by the superior being.

Whose Shoes Wednesday

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Manolo asks, whose shoes?

What the Manolo Is…

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

Reading…

Listening to…

Watching…

First the Manolo announces that with the arrival of the summer, he has commenced working on his summer reading list. And it is off to the good start with the very enjoyable Ivy Briefs, written by the Manolo’s internet friend the Martha Kimes, who blogs at The Random Muse. The Ivy Briefs is quite funny, and certain to be enjoyed by anyone who has endured either the law school or the lawyer. In the other words, it could be enjoyed by anyone.

Secondly, the Manolo has been dipping into the Matthew Barney’s Cremaster Cycle, with the predictably hilarious results; to wit, for each stunning and arresting visual image, the viewer is forced to endure 27 minutes of solipsistic, Matthew-Barney-based tedium.

Thus the best way to watch even the smallest amount of the Cremaster Cycle is with the thumb firmly placed on the fast-forward button, zipping ahead to those few moments that are actually worth the watching.

“Yes, Manolo, but is it art?”

In the word: “Meh”.

Build the Outfit

Manolo says, because this is the short week for the Americans, the Manolo has decided to not run the Build the Outfit contest this week. It shall return next week, with the new challenge for the Manolo’s amateur stylist friends.

In the meanwhile, there are many amusing conversations about outfit building in the Manolo’s Super Fantastic Forums.

White Isaac Mizrahi for the Post-Memorial Day

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Manolo says, while the Manolo himself long ago shucked off the tyranny of the petty rules which “forbid” the wearing of the white shoes during seasons other than the summer, the Manolo is nonetheless sympathetic to those who still adhere to this outmoded rite.

And so, in the spirit of comity between the warring sects, the Manolo offers to his dogmatic No-white-shoes-before-Memorial-Day friends this fun pair of the summery white Isaac Mizrahi sandals!

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