Project Runway 4, Renunion Show

Manolo says, the reunion shows, they are always so boring, with the tedious and contrived confrontations, the sad outtakes, and those lame “greatest hits” montages.

Tim: “Designers, Ms. Mamie Kerpslach of Abilene, Kansas writes in to ask if Nina Garcia is really the bitch she seems to be on the show. Well, Mamie, the producers have put together this montage of Nina, dressed head-to-toe in Chloé, biting the heads off of live sparrows to prove that it’s all an act.”

Please, spare the Manolo from such maudlin and sentimental, phony-baloney moments.

Better to get on with the cat fighting right away.

But last night even the brief hint that those sorest of sore losers, Victorya and Carmen, might jump ugly with the producers and other contestants, was not to be delivered upon, not even after Heidi taunted Victorya in that aggressive Germanic way that caused the French so much trouble in 1914.

Speaking of the Heidi, what is with the ridiculous bangs?



But back to the woeful lack of cat fighting. The Manolo still remembers last season’s reunion show when everyone cornered the sociopathic Jude-Law-look-alike Keith and forced him to hear of his many crimes. He tried to smile through this even as his eyes darted around the room looking for the knife, or the scissors, or something, anything, with which to cut someone.

That was the sort of thing that makes for good television, unrepentant evil punished. Sadly, this season has been lacking for the villains, as Carmen left too quickly, Victorya seems merely petulant and snooty, and Christian, while annoying, is sort of endearing in his own arrogant fashion elf way.

Manolo asks, ubi sunt the villains of yester-season?

As for the rest of the show, the Manolo does not remember much, other than that Chris and Rami could not keep their hands off of each other. The Manolo nearly dropped his kir royale when Rami made the googly eyes at Chris after announcing that they had grown “close” during the final weeks. Ayyyy! Get the room, you two.

Well, good for Chris and Rami, who seem like the nice people, although the Manolo, himself, he would have preferred to have the over-sized check for $10,000.


Manolo the Columnist

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

Dear Manolo,

I know how you feel about there being no season for white shoes, but what about suede? Can I wear a suede sandal year-round?


Manolo says, suede in the morning, suede in the evening, suede in the summer time.

The Manolo loves the suede; it is one of his favorite materials for the less than formal shoes. Durable, tactile, frequently luxurious, often beautiful, this is suede at its best.

Yes, it is true, some peoples who live in the distant past of white gloves and pinkie-sticking-out tea parties believe that suede is suitable only for the fall and winter, that it is roughly the inverse of the white shoes, which supposedly may only be worn in the summer.

To these peoples the Manolo says, “if the shoe looks good, wear it.”

As for his friend’s question about the suitability of wearing the suede sandals around the year, the Manolo can only say, use your best judgment. If one lives in Miami or Los Angeles, it is fine, but if one resides in International Falls, Minnesota, you may wish to see if your health care coverage includes “fashion-inflicted frostbite” before leaving the house in mid-January.

Look, here are the gorgeous buff-colored suede sandals from Donna Karan.

Suede Sandals from Donna Karan   Manolo Likes!  Click!


Beverly Feldman for The Spring Time

Manolo says, this spring, the Manolo has decided that he (along with many of the major shoe designers) will be all about the beautiful, flowery, girly sandals.

Ondine by Beverly Feldman    Manolo Likes!  Click!

Obviously, the Manolo’s friend Beverly Feldman has taken this message of blossoms and boughs to heart, for here is the Ondine, the super cute, super fantastic, kitten heel flowery sandal. It is wonderfully cheerful, no?


That Guy Returns

Manolo says, in December the Manolo posted the infamous That Guy or the Diamonds commercial, which elicited over one hundred comments from the Manolo’s internet friends.

And now, here are two more, of the that guy commercials.

So, dear readers of the Manolo, these guys or the diamonds?

For the Manolo, the dog grooming and the pedicure giving fall under the category of “best handled by professionals”, so the diamonds win. But there is also nothing as romantic, as personal, or as welcome as receiving the handwritten letter of love from one who adores you, certainly not diamonds and pedicures and clean dogs.


Blahnik Flowered Sandals to Hasten the Arrival of Spring

Manolo Blahnik Flowered Sandals   Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, gaze upon these beautiful flowery sandals from the atelier of the Maestro Manolo Blahnik and contemplate the arrival of spring, which at this minute seems so very far away.

What the Manolo Is…

Manolo says, it is Tuesday, time to see what the Manolo is…


Listening to…


The Manolo found this Juno movie to be exceptionally annoying, more than the little manipulative, and yet also somewhat moving.

The worst and falsest part of this movie was the first ten minutes, in which the Office man pretended to be the sharp-tongued pharmacist who engaged in the witty banter about pregnancy tests with the precociously annoying Juno.

Note to the budding screenwriters: please, keep this sort of thing to yourself. The Manolo does not require more ironically ironic irony to be piled onto the heaping helping that various “hip” artists have attempted to serve him over the past decade.

Go away and come back with something authentic, something that fully takes advantage of the remarkable talents of the magnificent Jennifer Garner.

President’s Day Special Shoes

Manolo says, here are the two shoes that properly celebrate the Day of the Presidents.

Washington from Betsey Johnson   Manolo Likes!  Click!

Above is the Washington from Betsey Johnson, shown here in the color of the silver dollar George Washington threw across the Potomoc River.

Lincoln from Stuart Weitzman    Manolo Likes!  Click!

This is the Lincoln from Stuart Weitzman, the shiny-penny-colored driving moccasin.


Ayyyyy! Monday Puzzle Corner!

Manolo says, it is time again for the Monday Puzzle Corner. This week, Movie Presidents!


The New Knight Rider?

Manolo says, many of the Manolo’s internet friends have been writing to the Manolo to ask what he thinks of the new Knight Rider movie that is being shown on the television this night.

Yes, the magnificent Hasselhoff, one of the greatest actors of his generation, will be appearing in the cameo role, however the lead will be played by someone else, which is the travesty of all that is right and holy.

How can one have the Knight Rider movie without having Michael Knight and the original KITT? It is ridiculous. That is all the Manolo has to say, ridiculous.

The Manolo Week in Review

Manolo says, here is the best of the previous week from the Manolosphere.


From the moment her gentle but experienced hands clasped around his postmodern cool aura, Quentin knew he had found his longlife muse and partner.


That’s “cliff” to us landlubbers.

Mr. Henry…

Please, Barack, if it didn’t work for the Mahatma, will it work for you?


Before you can start making serious plans for your wedding, there’s one thing it’s smart to do: decide on the other person who will stand at the altar with you.


I quit my job shortly after having the Munchkin, and we’ve been living in Frugal City ever since.


¿Y tú cuánto pagarías por una hora de a-Zoe-soría?


I’ve just spent the past five minutes looking at the word “doily” and trying to figure out if it really is even a word.


On the other hand, there’s no denying that confidence, talent, and generosity of spirit go a long way, and that sometimes, the reasons people deny us what we want are not about our fat.


La sociedad global y sus circunstancias típicas de doble moral y morbo secreto, encuentran un regocijo extremo en el alma sinvergüenza de los paparazzi.

Never teh Bride…

I’ve never really gotten the whole fish as pets thing.


Courtesy of Thom Browne comes this freakish nightmare…



Manolo says, ayyyy! It is the Mariah Carey New Album Pop Quiz!