OCT
2007
19

The Cowboy Boots of Manolo Blahnik

Manolo says, here is the most amusing article about the Neiman Marcus 100th anniversary celebration, part of which was the giant western-themed party at the Cotton Bowl. The best part, however, is that one of the attendees was the Maestro Manolo Blahnik, kitted out completely in cowboy western style!

As the cocktail hour wore on, guests wandered between pig races, dressing goats in tutus and wigs (yes, it’s true) and posing for pictures with a longhorn steer. A few brave souls signed waivers and rode the mechanical bull. As Andrew Rosen was climbing aboard, Carmen Marc Valvo cried, “Take off your glasses! Everyone says it’s slippery. This is crazy. There’s no seat.” After Rosen took a tumble, Valvo took his turn and hung on for 25 bucks of the bull before being flung. “I’ll take it. That was fun. Now let’s go look at the pigs,” he said.

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As Chris Isaak played through his repertoire — thanking Neiman’s for inviting him and his band because “we really didn’t have anyplace else to go. Well, I mean, we do have other places to go, but it’s great to be playing Neiman Marcus. We could have been playing Sears Roebuck” — guests continued to discuss business, the balmy weather and their own clothing. British jeweler Stephen Webster, who’s been on a tour of Neiman’s throughout the U.S., landed in Dallas that morning and, like many, headed directly to a Western gear store to grab his cowboy hat, boots and cowboy shirt. “It seemed like the right idea,” he said, before adding: “Although I don’t know when I’ll wear it again.”

Manolo Blahnik did the same the night before to get his getup, which he paired with his own bespoke Anderson & Shepherd double-breasted jacket. “My feet are killing me,” he moaned, pointing to his cowboy boots after doing some cha-chas on the sidelines. Why didn’t he just design his own? “No time, so I bought these at some shop in town, along with everything else. I’ve always admired John Wayne.”

But proving more than anything that the night was all about fashion, Blahnik had his own twist on the Western theme: “It’s all vintage, honey — vintage. I insisted.”

And here is the other picture of the Maestro Manolo himself, in the cowboy boots and the 20-gallon hat.

He seems to be having the most fabulous time, despite the foot pain.

OCT
2007
19
OCT
2007
19

Manolo the Columnist

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

Dear Manolo,

I’m looking for an everyday shoe that can be worn with jeans, slacks, or skirt-and-tights. So far my search has brought me only headaches, as it seems every shoe is obnoxiously trendy, has too-high a heel (defined as more than 2 inches), or looks too much like a man’s shoe. Is it too much to ask for something stylish, feminine, classic, and practical?

Karin

Manolo says, here is the example of the person who is expecting too much from the single pair of the shoes, hoping to find that perfect and magical pair that looks beautiful with the jeans, the dress slacks, and the skirts.

This is like shopping for the economy car with the performance of the Ferrari and the roominess of the school bus; after the lengthy search you will finally end up buying the Chrysler minivan.

Still, the Manolo sympathizes with this request, for it is born of the desire to be frugal, to buy only one pair of the shoes instead of many. But this is the false economy, for one needs several pairs of the shoes, so that one does not wear the same pair of the shoes two days in succession.

Look here is the All Tied Up from the Kenneth Cole Reaction, practical, stylish, feminine, and perfect for wearing with the dress slacks, or perhaps the skirt.

All Tied Up  from Kenneth Cole Reaction   Manolo Likes!  Click!