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Manolo the Columnist

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

Dear Manolo,

In late March, I’ll be attending a wedding in Northern Virginia, at very upmarket horse farm (think dressage and fox hunting). Supposedly, all of Washington’s society will be there. What do you recommend I wear?


Manolo says, ayyyy! The Manolo’s friend is cavorting with the horsey set! With their hacking jackets, and riding crops, and miscellaneous bits of incomprehensible leather tack, all of it imbued with the deep scent of ripe horse flesh and unpleasant social snobbery.

Of the course, for the Manolo, the mere whiff of horse sends the Manolo, Proust-like, back to his gypsy childhood, and to bad memories of Beto and La Bruja, those disreputable horses who pulled the family caravan about the Spanish countryside.

Like congressmen, they were obstinate and stupid, given to bad tempers, unwilling to do hard work , and overly fond of rich fodder, and they forever cured the Manolo of considering horses glamorous, much as close contact with the congressmen cures the residents of Washington of their illusions.

Speaking of Washington, at the moment everyone is taking their cue from the new First Lady, and thus the Camelot-era-ish low pump has returned. Look, here is Candidate from Stuart Weitzman, the classic, kitten-heeled pump.
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4 Responses to “Manolo the Columnist”

  1. Annalucia February 6, 2009 at 10:20 am #

    Is the wedding to be outdoors, on the lawn? If so, the kitten heels are not a good idea. They will sink into the moist earth and the young lady will be rocking back upon her heels whether she wishes to or not.

  2. La BellaDonna February 6, 2009 at 3:12 pm #

    Ha! La BellaDonna has the visions of the guest, dressed in the lovely outfit with matching coat (because although spring, it may well be COLD – La BellaDonna, she got her feet frostbitten in Virginia in the spring, and they have never recovered), and spiking into the ground like the golf tee in the pretty pink shoes. La BellaDonna would suggest something a bit flatter – possibly even a stylish BOOT – for this event. Whatever else the footwear chosen, perhaps it should go well with red clay, which has extremely adhesive qualities. Hmmm. La BellaDonna, she was wearing the closed-toed shoes, and even those were not sufficient; she definitely suggests the stylish boot, if it is a daytime wedding; perhaps something by La Canadienne? La Canadienne offerings are warm, weather-resistant and stylish – and red clay in March can be very, very cold.

  3. belle February 7, 2009 at 12:26 am #

    La Bruja…hysterical.
    Horses, bruja, argentina…so many memories.
    A million years Huberto Roviralta thought that we could cure a horse that was at the Santa Barbara Polo Club by sending a lock of the mane to a bruja in Argentina…Of course I told him “good luck with that”!

  4. KathyP February 11, 2009 at 2:34 pm #

    You’ve got to be kidding me! No wonder most of this country thinks politicians are out of touch with the real world. Shades of the 1964 with those shoes!