AUG
2007
30

Donna Karan Strappy Sandals for the Thursday

Strappy Sandals from Donna Karan   Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, here for your long holiday weekend, is the beautiful pair of the strappy sandals from the Donna Karan. Supposedly this color is known as “Smog Oxide”.

Do not ask the Manolo.

He does not write the official descriptions, he merely reports them.

Still, this is the very pretty shoe, and one which is also worth the wearing in the more comprehensible color of “Copper Oxide”.

AUG
2007
30

California Black Tie Report

Manolo says, the Manolo’s internet friend who originally asked the question about the meaning of the “California Black Tie”, has given us the report.

Hello all –

In response to Plumcake’s request for a report on the art gala and the “California Black Tie,” I present to you a list of what I witnessed.

feathers
kimonos
cocktail dresses
Hawaiian shirts and khakis
shirtsleeves and tie
the monochrome suit-and-tie look
tuxedos
vintage dresses
guayabera shirts
floor-length beaded dresses
jeans and sweatshirts
flip-flops
fairy costumes
batik print
68 variations on “the little black dress”
leopard-print coat and tattoos
t-shirts with flowing hippie skirts
tiaras
Doc Martens
plastic augmentation of various sorts
tans of various sorts

I should note that one of my party actually called the foundation to ask what “California Black Tie” meant, and THEY did not know. “It was written by one of our marketing people. We’re getting a lot of calls asking what it means!” When pressed, they clarified “cocktail attire.”

And that…is the story of California Black Tie!

Thank you all for your help with this! I am proud to have been part of this sartorial moment in history.

Fabulous regards,

Monica E.

In the other words, it is the come-as-you-are party with pretensions.