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Manolo the Columnist

Manolo says, here is the Manolo’s latest column for the Express of the Washington Post.

Dear Manolo,

I’ve seeing a lot of young women wearing short-short sundresses, big-big sunglasses, and heavy boots. What do you think of this look?


Manolo says, the Manolo’s friend is referring to the I-am-going-to-Promises-right-after-my-next-arrest look, made current by the young but famous slatterns of the popular gossip press.

Naturally, to achieve the full effect you must be wearing no foundation garments below, and you must have in the one hand the designer “It” bag, and in the other the jumbo soy latte frappuccino with extra vodka.

Of course, anything worn by the troubled starlets becomes the mania among the impressionable young women and those who emulate them, which in Los Angeles includes the 51-year-old ex-wives of Hollywood producers.

The Manolo says, do not be these women. Do not imitate the styles of these young flibberty-jibbets. Be your own style icon.

Look here is the Kaffir from the Maxstudio, the golden strappy sandal that would make the average Hollywood hotty spill her Starbucks in envy.

Kaffir by Maxstudio    Manolo Likes!  Click!

11 Responses to “Manolo the Columnist”

  1. Toby Wollin July 27, 2007 at 8:35 am #

    And, you wear them with a short (but not too short) red-with-not-terribly-big-white-polka-dots shift, white bangles, white button earrings, a great straw bag(with red accents), and “fly casual” hair. MMM, these shoes just shout “summer”.

  2. Fausta July 27, 2007 at 9:07 am #

    impressionable young women and those who emulate them, which in Los Angeles includes the 51-year-old ex-wives of Hollywood producers.
    The Manolo, you are The Genius.

  3. VeddyVeddyBadAng July 27, 2007 at 9:19 am #

    So many awesome turns of phrase in this article – Manolo, you outdo yourself! I especially love the use of the word “slatterns”. A word so appropriate, yet so under-used these days…

  4. T.C. July 27, 2007 at 10:11 am #

    A lovely shoe with a most unfortunate name! I was shocked to see it in print and sorry that Manolo could not find a similar shoe with a less offensive name. But high marks for the use of “slattern!”

  5. megaera July 27, 2007 at 10:36 am #

    re: T.C. They (the shoe naming people) probably didn’t realize that it’s a slur, since it’s really only prevalent in South Africa and Jamaica. They were probably thinking of something like Kaffir lime or Kaffir lily. Heh, sometimes I wonder about these shoe naming people.

  6. deja pseu July 27, 2007 at 12:52 pm #

    Just another voice in the chorus enjoying immensely the use of the word “slattern.”

  7. Cassandra July 27, 2007 at 1:00 pm #

    While I always love to see the word “slattern”, I am absolutely tickled pink about “flibberty-jibbets”! (and a bit put off by the “Kaffir” name)

  8. Amber July 27, 2007 at 3:10 pm #

    Oh those shoes!

    jumbo soy latte frappuccino with extra vodka
    are they selling those at Starbucks now??!?!

  9. class factotum July 27, 2007 at 6:20 pm #

    Maybe it was named by the same people who called the exercise shoe “Incubus” a few years ago.

    The Google and a dictionary can be useful in preventing many a marketing disaster for those who are not as well-read as we are.

  10. Ashmo July 27, 2007 at 7:22 pm #

    You have a great point and who wants to wear clunky boots in such nice weather! I have a pair of sandals like these but pink of course… Mine are more strappy so they can hurt my feet at times, so these sandals look perfect!