Manolo says, the Times of London has the short article on the life and times of the genius Roger Vivier.
The Queen was crowned wearing Vivier gold kidskin shoes, the heels scattered with garnets. Catherine Deneuve wore Vivier buckle pumps in Belle de Jour, turning them overnight into the iconic must-have shoe that they remain to this
day. Vivier is the man who invented stilettos and the ground-breaking curved “comma” heel. He dressed the feet – shod seems too ugly a word – of everyone from Elizabeth Taylor to Sophia Loren. Known as the Fabergé of Footwear, his shoes have been woven into the fabric of fashion history since he was discovered in 1937 by Elsa Schiaparelli. As Claire Wilcox, curator of the V&A’s current show The Golden Age of Couture, puts it, “Vivier’s shoes are like pieces of jewellery setting off the clothes they are paired with. He was traditional and at the same time incredibly modern.”
Vivier died, aged 90, in 1998. But his spirit lives on in a brand that is now stronger than ever, thanks to creative director Bruno Frisoni. In 2001, Frisoni was asked to inject modernity into the rich heritage of the brand. First came sightings of the Belle Vivier buckle pump in fashion magazines. Then, new stores created a frisson of excitement, in Paris in 2004 and London in 2006.
“Our ambition,” says Frisoni, “was to create a brand, not to set up another shoe shop.” An art critic recently argued that Vivier shoes are high art, on a par with a Picasso or a Canaletto.
One does not need to “argue” for this, as if it were the matter of opinion. One need only show the shoes of the Roger Vivier to prove that they are art of the highest sort.
Manolo says, here is the latest column of the Manolo for the Express of the Washington Post
The make of shoe I have been wearing for the past seven years is no longer being produced, and I’ve been unable to find a suitable replacement. The trouble is that I wear orthotics, and I have exceptionally wide and flat foot, and despite my best efforts I’ve found nothing that’s comfortable. What would you recommend for me that won’t be prohibitively expensive?
Manolo says, in such situations, the Manolo always recommends the custom made shoes, as nothing can compare to the fit of the best handmade shoes. Unfortunately, even the least expensive of these shoes can run to many hundreds of the American dollars.
To the Manolo such costs are justifiable, as nothing makes the Manolo as unhappy as shoes that do not fit well, except perhaps the ugly shoes that do not fit well.
But, others have the more prosaic attitude, and so for these peoples the Manolo would recommend the new Dunham Battery Park Oxford, which are available up to the American size 20 in length, and in the width EEEEEE (that is 6 E’s for those you who have lost count).
This brand Dunham, it is the new sub-brand of the New Balance, whose athletic shoes each morning grace the feets of the Manolo, and so you know they must be good.
Manolo says, this post right here, from the brilliant Spirit Fingers, is the very definition of genius. It is why you should be checking the Manolo’s Ayyyy! blog every single day.
Manolo say, ayyyy! The Manolosphere crashed this afternoon! And for several hours all of the Manolo’s various blogs were unavailable to be read by the Manolo’s many internet friends.
Many and profuse apologies for this inconvenience. The Manolo’s web-hosting peoples assure him that it is all fixed now.
Manolo says, it is Tuesday time to see what the Manolo is…
The Manolo has been so busy these past few weeks guiding the new blogs, that he has not been able to read as much as he would like. But, he putting that to rights by rereading the David Lodge, who at his best is smart and hilarious.
Manolo says, the Plumcake, at the Manolo for the Big Girl blog, has the definitive discussion about purchasing the boots for the girls with the big calves.
Of the course, the Manolo also has to link to this piece simply so that you may read this paragraph…
It is the mantra of the Manolo Blogs that instead of buying cheap footwear made with deplorable lack of attention to detail by whatever 8-year old Bangladeshi child was cuffed to that particular table, one must save up for the superfantastic shoes, lovingly made by handsome gruff men named Aldo who drive cool Italian scooters and get 90 minute lunch breaks.
So true. So true.
Hair implants have become commonplace [in Pakistan] in the past few years as wealthier urban males embrace cosmetic treatments that were once regarded as effeminate and even unIslamic. From facials to manicures, back waxes to eyebrow threading, a host of services are now on offer at a growing number of spas, salons and clinics catering to the male market.
“I never bothered with this before,” Humayun, 28, said after a facial at the Islamabad branch of Depilex Men, part of the biggest chain of beauty parlours in Pakistan. “I guess there’s just more pressure on men to look good these days.”
The trend may be confined to the upper and middle classes, estimated at 20-30 million people, but it illustrates how Western-style media, marketing and celebrity culture are changing Pakistani society. Five years ago most Pakistani men wore only the traditional salwar kameez – a loose-fitting cotton pyjama suit. The standard hairstyle was a short back and sides. Deodorant was considered unmanly. Moisturiser? Forget it.
However, in the big cities of Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi and Peshawar, where dozens of television channels are now available, men are becoming ever more conscious about their clothes, coiffures and complexions – so much so that a recent talk show on Dawn News, a new English-language television channel, asked whether Pakistan was going through a “metro-sexual” revolution.
Now all we must do is find the beautician who does Osama’s hair.