OCT
2007
11

Leave Crocs Alone!

Manolo says, the Manolo could not agree more, Crocs = Bad!

P.S. Consider this the mild bad-language content warning for the above video from the increasingly ubiquitous William Sledd.

P.P.S. Many thanks to the Raincoaster for finding this.

OCT
2007
11

The Kaiser Oppresses

Manolo says, the Manolo’s internet friend Helene at the Luxe Chronicles has two pieces about how the Evil One has worked hard to suppress negative publicity about his koo-koo-nutty ways.

The first post is about the omissions and manipulations surrounding the making of his new movie, Lagerfeld Confidential

After all, this is the man who went to extraordinary lengths to prevent the publication of Alicia Drake’s, The Beautiful Fall: Fashion, Genius and Glorious Excess in 1970s Paris in which she details the excesses, ambitions and feuds between le beau monde of that glamorous period including Lagerfeld’s longstanding feud with Pierre Berge and Yves Saint-Laurent. Why then would anyone think Karl Lagerfeld would actually reveal himself to us in a documentary film? He certainly didn’t reveal anything of himself in Loic Prigent’s documentary Signe Chanel for the Arte network in 2005. And why should he? Our celebrity obsessed, voyeuristic need to “reveal” every deeply personal and sometimes sordid detail of someone’s life is silly. Why can’t we simply accept his many offerings: beautiful clothing and accessories at Chanel, fabulously luxurious collections at Fendi and cutting edge cool from his eponymous fashion line?

The second post is about the purposeful suppressing of the new tell-all book, Merci Karl, written by The Evil One’s former assistant Arnaud Maillard.

And why is that you ask? That would be because it pertains to Karl Lagerfeld and Karl Lagerfeld works for Chanel and LVMH (he designs the Fendi collection). Both Chanel and LVMH spend astronomical amounts of money in advertising each year in the French, American and British press and cultivate very cosy relationships with all the major fashion editors. Consequently, the French fashion press will not touch this book with a ten foot pole. The book’s radioactivity extends to the British and American fashion press for the same reasons and it doesn’t stop there. Even Paris Match (France’s answer to People magazine) and Madame Figaro have omitted any coverage.

Happily for us, Helene has promised to give us the juicy details as soon as she can secure the copy of this book.

OCT
2007
11

Michael Kors Shoes…at What Cost?

Tryst by Michael Kors   Manolo Likes, but the Price, Ouch!  Click!

Manolo says, this beautiful shoe from Michael Kors is something that would look good as the regular part of any woman’s wardrobe, however, the Manolo is stunned by the price?

This must be the error. Remember, this is made of calf-skin, not real crocodile.

Here is the same shoe, without the Crocodile print, for $650 less!

Shocking! And as you know, it is not easy to shock the Manolo with the shoe prices.

OCT
2007
11

Like Riding a Wire Fence

Manolo says, the Professor Ann provides us with another memorable fashion-related quote.

“And another thing – the crotch, down where your nuts hang – is always a little too tight… so when you make them up, give me an inch that I can let out there, uh because they cut me, it’s just like riding a wire fence. These are almost, these are the best I’ve had anywhere in the United States…”

“But, uh when I gain a little weight they cut me under there. So, leave me , you never do have much of margin there. See if you can’t leave me an inch from where the zipper (burps) ends, round, under my, back to my bunghole, so I can let it out there if I need to. “

Plain-Spoken Vulgarity thy name is Mr. President!

OCT
2007
11

The Cows that Shoes Bought

Manolo says, this is the most unusual article the Manolo has read all month.

“Passion becomes the first thing in both of my businesses, whether it’s a new collection I’m selling to Neiman-Marcus or talking to Ernie about a bull or selling semen,” Malkemus said Friday.

And that is perhaps the best fashion-related quote ever to appear in any article ever, anywhere!

And now you must see it in its context…

She’s a kept woman – a showgirl – living large on the East Coast thanks to the fortunes of Manolo Blahnik shoes.

It must be said she’s never worn a pair of the mile-high stilettos.

She’s a cow.

Vivian, a 9-year-old Holstein, makes her home at a showcase cattle farm begun in recent years by the two men who own Manolo Blahnik USA.

She took a blue ribbon Thursday at a dairy show here and visits Madison Oct. 2 to 6 for the World Dairy Expo, which bills itself as “the international meeting place for dairy.”

That a wildly successful shoe merchant – whose product was made famous thanks to TV’s “Sex and the City” – found a Midas touch in a different realm is simple, as he tells it.

Fifty-three-year-old George Malkemus, president and co-owner of Manolo Blahnik USA, said it’s about a passion, hiring the right people and listening to them.

Some of his top people are Wisconsin-bred experts who were reared on the state’s dairy farms and educated in its schools.

“Passion becomes the first thing in both of my businesses, whether it’s a new collection I’m selling to Neiman-Marcus or talking to Ernie about a bull or selling semen,” Malkemus said Friday.

The reference is to Ernie Kueffner, 56, who grew up on a dairy farm in Hartford, Wis., and earned a business degree from Marquette University in 1973.

He’s part of a brain trust that has led to successes that Malkemus’ Arethusa Farm, in Litchfield, Conn., has had in breeding and showing cattle.

One of Arethusa’s cows, Veronica, a Jersey, was supreme champion at the World Dairy Expo in 2006. She was the top in her breed there in 2005. She also was reserve supreme champion – or No. 2 overall – in 2004.

Champion show cows made from Manolo Blahnik shoes! Usually it is the other way around.

Truly we live in the age of miracles and wonders!