What is Happening at Lanvin?

Manolo asks, what is happening at the Lanvin?

The torturing of the models with the agonizing shoes

Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz recently explained that he had to scrap a lot of the heels in his spring 2011 show because “We did the rehearsal and all of a sudden I saw the girls couldn’t walk. I saw the agony in their faces. They were shaking; they looked like alcoholic girls.”


The release of the frightening and nightmarishly surreal promotional video ..

The normally adorable fashion director looking like Norman Bates’ chubby cousin.

Alber Elbaz Looking Like the Axe Murderer

Dearest Alber, the Manolo must ask, is everything okay?

Wait the second, the Manolo seems to remember the picture from last year….


What the Manolo Is…

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



Listening to…

It has been many years since the Manolo last read The Grandissimes and he is finding that is going down much better this time. Undoubtedly, the middle-aged Manolo is more capable of understanding the intricacies of this lost world.


5 Questions with the Maestro

Manolo says, we are not worthy!

Rumplemeyers, plumcake, bibs, and the spirited animadversion on the platform shoe; what more could we, the humble devotees of the Maestro Manolo Blahnik, wish in the two minute interview?

Via the blog of the 5th at 58th, the blog of Bergdorf Goodman department store. And, while you are visiting their site, view the Fall Bergdorf Goodman Shoe Book, it is exquisite.


Eumachia from Abel Muñoz for the Monday

Manolo says, it is Monday and you are back at your desk doing that thing that you do for that company where you do it, and you are horrified to learn that Christmas has already arrived in the commercial portions of this nation.

You know this, because yesterday, when you went to the Kohls to purchase the dinner set for your niece — the one who married the feckless “artist” (ha!) and as the consequence must live in benighted squalor in the airy loft downtown, near the coffee shops and cultural venues — not only was your favorite discount department store covered in the Xmasy decorations, but was also blasting “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” at the highest imaginable volume at its semi-captive shoppers.

Naturally, you recoiled from such forced celebratory displays. The Most Wonderful Time of The Year is still at the least three weeks away, and you will have no truck with the attempt to subvert the natural progression of the holiday seasons, which requires that Thanksgiving, the mostly non-commercial holiday (if one does not count the sales of Indian corn and cranberry sauce), should be given its rightful due in the public spaces.

You would have, right then, turned around and left, except you had this coupon for twenty dollars off, and there was the sale going on, which meant that the dinnerware would cost less than half of the usual price, which is the bargain by any measure. And so you endured the assault upon your sense of order and propriety and purchased the dinner set, thus reinforcing this uncitizenly corporate behavior.

Oh yes, you just went there! Businesses which promote Christmas before Thanksgiving are breaking the social contract.

You may be certain that things will be very different when you are declared the Empress of the Universe.

In the meantime, why not look at some fun shoes from the talented young designer.

Eumachia by Abel Muñoz

Here is the Eumachia from the Spring-Summer 2011 collection of Abel Muñoz the Toronto-based shoe-designer. It is the beautiful ankle bootie that makes the Manolo smile with pleasure.

Manolo Jewelry

Manolo says, please allow the Manolo to present to you the latest addition to the Manolosphere: Manolo Jewelry!

Edited by our good friend, and the long-time commenter at the blogs of the Manolo, La Petite Accadienne, who will be certain to provide you with much jewelry-based entertainment.

Manolo Jewelry!

The Manolo Week in Review

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

From Manolo for the Men

Does this constitute news? Guys looking for a roll in the hay valuing wiggle more than wink?


From Manolo for the Brides

No matter where you turn, someone is making fun of something that somewhere, a bride-to-be is probably thinking of doing. And since we’re all doing everything on the Internet, there’s a pretty good chance that said bride-to-be will encounter someone putting her ideas down.


From Manolo for the Big Girl

Not that I haven’t had my share of serious struggles, and yes, at a certain point I willed myself into becoming Full Time Fabulous –an effort which takes continual work– but let’s not kid ourselves: It’s a lot easier to crank the fabulosity up to 11 when you’re already rocking a baseline 10.


From Teeny Manolo

Forget your teen journal, where you scribbled away late at night before bedtime. Some of the worst writing ever is to be found in children’s books.


From Manolo’s Food Blog

Congratulations and commiserations to the people of New York State, who now have this gibbering 70′s throwback as their common-law First Lady.


From Manolo for the Home

Sure, we talked a lot about redoing the upstairs ourselves, but when we started reading about drywall lift rentals, our zest for DIYing the second floor went right out the window.


From Crafty Manolo

Sure, the Lady of Shallot up there is half sick of shadows, and apparently her tapestry work. I feel her. I do. I’ve tried crafts that didn’t float my boat at all. Me and embroidery? Not a happy match. I can’t make a French knot. It’s embarrassing. Knitting and crochet are closer for me, but I’m not good at keeping the right tension in the yarn.


From Manolo for the Beauty

I happen to sort of like the silver hair, which is shiny and pretty, but I’ll be damned if someone at the playground is going to think I am my daughter’s grandmother. Because, you know, there is no way someone with gray hair could possibly procreate, right?


From Ayyyy!

Who’s that girl?


Fancy Wedge Heels, Take Two

Manolo says, the Manolo has bungled the answer to the question about the fancy wedge shoes for the outdoor party.

But, the internet friends of the Manolo proved ready and able to gently correct the Manolo’s error by providing the much better solutions to the problem.

The Manolo’s friend Vizia suggests the following.

Also–Pour La Victoire Evening/Bridal has dressy wedges. I’ve never bought or worn any, but my niece is considering the brand for her wedding, ie….

Pour La Victoire Cordelia Wedge

This is the marvelous alternative!

In the second comment the Manolo’s friend Laura friend further develops the theme with more of the good suggestions.

I was just about to post the Pour La Victoire shoes! There are also these and these The Kate Spade shoes are pretty, but I’d be concerned that the stiletto-diameter heel tip would go around making potholes. All of the PLVs appear to have a slightly thicker wedge while still remaining very elegant and cocktail/evening appropriate.

Though, if I were the LW, I’d take a cue from the baseball-stadium venue that the “cocktail/evening” dress code was a bit looser than usual. A pair of fun dressy-but-not-evening wedges would likely be appropriate, and could still fulfill the “sleek-and-sexy” requirement: these, these, or these (or, if she’s daring and has the right proportions for the look, an elegant ‘shootie’ like this could work with a cocktail dress.)

Pour La Victoire Wedding and Evening Diva Wedge

This is the Pour La Victoire Diva which the Laura mentioned in her comment and which the Manolo thinks is far superior to what he had suggested.

The readers of the Manolo, they are indeed most super fantastic!


Manolo the Columnist: Bet from Kate Spade New York

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

Dear Manolo,

I have been invited to attend my boyfriend’s company holiday party this year and am very excited because I’ve been told it is usually an extravagant and rollicking good time. Unfortunately, it takes place at the baseball stadium for our local professional team and while the invitation sets out a dress code of anywhere from cocktail to evening, it does also warn that in previous years, women wearing stilettos have had some problems walking around in the infield where apparently many of the activities take place. The invitation actually goes so far as to suggest ladies wear flats with their cocktail and evening dresses. I’m a reasonably tall girl who believes in maximizing my height wherever possible, so something inside me recoils at the suggestion of wearing flat shoes with whatever stunning party dress I come up with. My brilliant solution to this dilemma is to wear wedge heels to the party but I am a little concerned by the fact that wedges tend to have a more casual vibe and I am definitely looking for something sexy and glamorous in my shoe solution. Can you recommend some fabulous wedges worthy of building a holiday part outfit around?


Manolo says, as the Manolo’s friend has recognized, it is indeed difficult to find the wedge heel shoe that would be suitable for wearing to the formalish affair, even one at the baseball field, and which will most likely feature the peanuts, the crackerjacks and the feet-long sausages.

The problem with the wedge shoe is that it is inherently “funky”, having the lingering associations with the jitterbugging girls of the 1940s, and tie-dyed hippies of the 1960s, two groups whom one does not associate with the elegant soiree clothing.

And so, the Manolo would first recommend to his friend that she again consider wearing the flats shoe, for there are many, many sparkly-elegant ballet flats that could very easily meet her needs. However, if she persists in her desire to tower over others, perhaps she should try to stand on the pitcher’s mound, holding court from that elevated height. But, if this is not practical, here is the Bet from Kate Spade New York, the demi-wedge sandal in gold or silver that would be suitable in the pinch.

Bet from Kate Spade New York

Whose Shoes Wednesday…The Answer!

Manolo asked, whose shoes?

Diane Sawyer's Shoes

Manolo answers, it is the Diane Sawyer!

Sadly, this was one of the rare occasions, when none of the Manolo’s internet friends were able to identify this weeks personage of note.

Manolo for the Beauty!

Manolo says, please allow the Manolo to introduce to you the latest addition to the Manolosphere: the blog edited by our good friend Glinda, and devoted to helping you look your best through the beatifying arts, it is : Manolo for the Beauty!

Whose Shoes Wednesday

Manolo asks, whose shoes?

Three Cheers for the Red, White and Blue!

Manolo says, in America is is the Election Day, and so, let us give the three cheers for the Red, the White and the Blue!

Sigerson Morrison Fold Over Boot

Christian Louboutin Tsar Platform Pump
Mulberry Postmans Lock Ankle Boot

And now, allow the Manolo to gently remind you, if you are the American, to do you civic duty.