Six Years of Shoeblogging: Fashion Week Tehran!

By Manolo the Shoeblogger

N.B. In honor of the Manolo’s six years of shoeblogging, the Manolo has decided to repost this week some of his favorite pieces.

Here are two pieces in which the Manolo celebrated the fashion industry of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The first is from July 24th, 2006.

Manolo says, Ayyyyy! It is the fashion week in Iran!

High production values!

Very figure flattering, that.

She has got the Bette Davis eyes!


Below is the second part of the “Fashion Week Tehran” series, from January 19th, 2007.

Manolo says, once again, it is time for that most exciting date in the Ayatollahs’ fashionista calendar, Fashion Week Tehran!

In the name of Prophet, work it sister!

In the old house in Tehran, that was covered in vines, lived twelve little girls…

The Manolo is now confused, why are the Discalced Carmelites here?


14 Responses to “Six Years of Shoeblogging: Fashion Week Tehran!”

  1. Farbud Says:

    This ain’t no Tehran Fashion Week. Tehran doesn’t have a fashion week and all the designers are working underground. This shit is some governmental ceremony and has nothing to do with fashion, or the dress code of iranians, or what the designers are doing in iran right now. It’s nonesense and a huge joke among iranians everytime the ministry of whatever does one of these. It’s really annoying of you to keep on posting these hateful posts with those shitty titles, implying this is the current situation of iranian fashion designers and models. If you don’t know enough about some things, PLEASE ffs shut up and stop spreading false shit. Your lack of knowledge and your ignorance doesn’t give you the right to say whatever comes to your mind just to sound funny to some other ignorant visitor of your blog and to get more hits on the page. You really should be ashamed for the fascistic thing you’re doing here.

  2. Jennie Says:

    Farbud, Please get your meds refilled. Burkas need to be laughed at until they fall into rags and all Islamic women are free to have a real fashion week. Thank you again Manolo for bringing a few moments of joy into our otherwise mundane lives.

  3. Erik Nabler Says:

    Wow, Farbud, you really do give a Shi’ite! Take a chill pill. It is funny. Laugh at the Potemkin Villages, don’t accuse someone of fascism because you are effendi. Oops, wrong idiom.

  4. Victor Says:

    1: a sharp and often satirical or ironic utterance designed to cut or give pain
    2a : a mode of satirical wit depending for its effect on bitter, caustic, and often ironic language that is usually directed against an individual
    2b : the use or language of sarcasm.

  5. Manolo the Shoeblogger Says:

    Many apologies to the Farbud if the Manolo has offended him with his jokes about the fancy chadors. It was not his intention to ridicule the good peoples of Iran, only to make fun of the feeble attempts of the autocrats to sugar coat the pill of oppression.

  6. Nora Charles Says:

    Perhaps Farbud would like to share with the rest of the Manolosphere the fashion forward look of Iranian designers.

    Sadly civilisation has come to a shuddering halt in the once cosmopolitan Iran.

  7. Farbud Says:

    I don’t have any problems with sarcasm. I don’t give a shit about anything islamic or whatever. and I don’t mind if you make fun of whatever you like to make fun of. My problem is when you imply this is Tehran Fashion Week. I don’t think any of the non-iranian visitors of this blog knows that this actually is not a Fashion week and is just some fashion ceremony somewhere in Tehran. I don’t see any of these three posts explaining this. and this actually is not my problem. The problem is the tendency among people to make fun of countries like Iran or other fucked-up places, and exceed the limit of sarcasm and falling into the area of hate-speeches, and not feel guilty or wrong about it. Again, I don’t have any problem with sarcasm, making fun of anything you want to make fun of, as long as it’s not done in a propaganda-like way.

  8. Farbud Says:

    and don’t get me wrong. I’m not a nationalist or defender of iranians or a muslim or whatever. Iran is not the problem here. I happen to be iranian, but i didn’t start this arguement to defend Iran and it’s “dignity” or whatever. I didn’t start this to lecture others or to call them names. This post would’ve been the most hilarious thing ever, if it didn’t have that ‘fashion week’ bit or ‘In the name of Prophet’ or these hateful remarks. If you think this ain’t fashion (which i agree to) then go on and criticize it in your sarcastic way. Make fun of the thing that’s happening in the frame and I’ll laugh too. but relating it to the prophet or calling it tehran fashion week is just cheap. that’s what i think and i don’t need you guys to think like me too, and i didn’t ask for no apology. I’m just saying.

  9. wildflower Says:

    Farbud, I think the phrase “Tehran Fashion Week” was indeed part of the intended sarcasm. But I can understand how you might be offended by this post.

    Might I gently suggest that you clean up your language a bit and speak more gently when attempting to educate and correct people? Although you are Iranian, your command of English seems good enough to do so. There is a saying in English: “You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.”

    If the Manolo caused offense, I’m certain it was unintended. Our shoeblogger is nothing if not a gentleman, and he doesn’t have a spiteful bone in his body.

  10. Ariun Says:

    Heh heh!! Farbud el-Intolerant just reinforces the harsh totalitarian image of the Iranian regime.

  11. Farbud Says:

    wildflower, i’m not trying to educate people, i was speaking my opinion out loud, so don’t really care.

    Ariun, thanks for the kind words, but i haven’t lived in Iran yet to be affected by “the harsh totalitarian image of the Iranian regime”. And thanks for proving my point again; That people LOVE it when they see something from (for example here) Iran, that matches their perception of (for example here) Iran, and they even love it more when they see (for example here) an Iranian, who does some (for example here) arrogant intolerant thing, which is usually attributed to Iranians. People seem to be loving generalization here. I’m an individual who’s not been under “the harsh totalitarian image of the Iranian regime”, but loves to express himself arrogantly or however you like to describe it. That’s my choice and that perfectly is so dumb to see an arrogant iranian and say haha, arrogant iranian. That’s exactly the generalization that has happened in the post when they imply some minor comic anti-fashion-show in tehran, “is the fashion week in Iran!” as manolo puts it, and it should be used to get some cheap laughs from the audience cause, well, after all we like laughing at things that gather “Islamic Iran” and “Bette Davis” and “Fashion” all in one place.
    Again I’m saying, this would’ve been hilarious if it was like “hey, look at these designs, how figure flattering, what variety of colours we see here, bla bla bla”, but the moment a part of joke is because of our stereotypical minds and our prejudices and titles like “The-Impossible-To-Happen-Tehran-Fashion-Week-Is-Here, watch it and laugh”, I don’t get how that’s just simple sarcasm to you, or I don’t get how i’m “intolerant” or “totalitarian”. Do whatever you want! I didn’t impose nothing on nobody here.

  12. wildflower Says:

    Farbud, that’s a shame. If you are offended by something, using that energy to educate people rather than offend back with ugly words seems like a better use of your time. But, you are free to live your life as you choose.

  13. Farbud Says:

    Dear wildflower, I wasn’t offended by their tone or the words they used. I don’t believe that “harsh” words are necessarily offensive and nice words are necessarily not. So I really don’t face that much of dilemma when I try to choose between expressing myself or educating others nicely. I believe there’s a very narrow line in between.

  14. K Says:

    Bit belated, but I think Farbud is in the right here; it’s easy for a lot of people in the West to stereotype Iran and make a joke out of it. We don’t think about how Iranians actually feel about that, and we should. It’s kind of offensive and racist in and of itself to have an actual person of Iranian descent saying “yes, this is offensive” and them to blow them off like “ha ha, surely you don’t know what’s offensive to your own ethnic group! Lighten up!”

    P.S. If someone is offended by something, they don’t have to “use that energy” in the way you see fit. If you step on my foot, whether deliberately or on accident, I don’t have to apologize to you. Deal.

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