Manolo says, daily readings from Don’t Hassel the Hoff. Today, page 115.
A few months later I checked into a big hotel in Johannesburg to make another film. This establishment was having trouble with one particular guest. People had complained to the management that a naked man was disturbing their sleep by swinging from balcony to balcony late at night. The culprit turned out to be Oliver Reed, the British actor, who was getting drunk and then doing a death-defying Tarzan impersonation high above the street. I had loved Reed’s performance in Women in Love and wanted to meet him, but he was caught in the act by security staff and kicked out of the hotel.
The Word of the Hoff!
P.S. Previous daily readings from Don’t Hassle the Hoff.
Manolo says, in keeping the Manolo’s declaration that he is currently “all about the patent leather,” here is the Chelsea by Kate Spade, the fun kitten heel pump that combines the patent leather and the suede in the amusing manner.
Remember, the autumn will soon arrive…. Soon arrive? In some places, it is already here! Time to buy the shoes of fall!
Manolo asks, whose shoes?
P.S. Many apologies for the delay in posting this. The Manolo completely forgot that today was Wednesday.
Manolo says, here are the few links which may perhaps amuse…
Manolo says, here is the Kay Sera from the young designer whose name you must learn and remember, the Nicole Brundage
The Manolo absolutely loves this shoe, both in the black patent leather and the natural chestnut color. It has the beautiful and understated line and is the sort of shoe worn by sophisticated ladies of good taste, and yet, it is not unsexy.
The Manolo suggests that this Nicole Brundage is the shoe designer to whom you must pay attention, as she has the true talent.
Manolo says, here is yet another article on the rise of the consuming evil that is the Croc, this time from the Christian Science Monitor.
Foot comfort, apparently, appeals to a broad demographic. Fans include celebrity chef Mario Batali, actor Jack Nicholson, and country-music stars Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. Recently, President Bush was photographed sporting black Crocs, which he paired with black socks and shorts. In nations as diverse as Israel and Iceland, 1 in 4 people own a pair of the shoes.
The Crocs phenomenon is not purely a love-fest, however. Detractors abound, and they aren’t diplomatic with their diatribes. On Manolo’s Shoe Blog (http://shoeblogs.com/), Crocs are termed “the hot trend in footwear for the lazy person.” And on ihatecrocs.com, Vincenzo Ravina and Kate Leth devote an entire website “to the elimination of Crocs and those who think their excuses for wearing them are viable.”
Ask Mr. Ravina why he finds Crocs so objectionable, and then take a breath. “They are exceedingly ugly. They are chunky, luridly colored, perforated, and overall, an eyesore,” he replies. “They are to your eyes what second-hand smoke is to your lungs.”
Ravina, a college student from Halifax, Nova Scotia, scoffs at testaments to the comfort of Crocs. “My bathrobe is comfortable,” he says. “But I don’t wear it to the supermarket. You have to respect other people’s aesthetic.”
Even in Boulder, where you can buy Crocs at the grocery store along with celery and soy milk, there’s something of a backlash. “I don’t have any friends who wear Crocs,” says Rachel Losowski, a style-conscious senior at the University of Colorado. “They’re just really bad. Really weird.” As for claims to their comfort, she winces. “When I go out, I want to look nice, not comfortable,” she says.
Once, she was out with friends and saw an attractive male heading her way. Then she spotted Crocs on his feet. “I said to him, ‘I thought you were cute, but then I saw your shoes!’ ” she says, laughing.
Well done, Ms. Losowski!
This ridicule and scorn are exactly what the Manolo has begun to advocating as the proper response to the wearing of the Crocs.
Join the Manolo in speaking out against this abomination. Do not let your friends buy these shoes, and shun anyone who dares wear them on the street. Our greatest weapon is social pressure which much be applied liberally and forcefully.
It so sad that it has come to this point, and yet, the Manolo fears that we have not yet plumbed the depths of this depravity.