MAR
2011
16

Emma Watson Enjoys a Touch of Nude

Hermione Granger has officially graduated from Hogwarts, and her first order of business as a new master of magic was to do away with pants! Though I have to admit, if I had lusciously long getaway sticks like hers I would also show them off at the drop of a sorting hat.

As a fan of lengthy locks, I don’t know how I feel about her new do, however in these photos taken from her Paris Lancome shoot she looks androgynously chic. I think this outfit works. Her adorable white lace shorts, shirt, tie, blazer and black hat culminate in a look that is flirty, sexy and age appropriate. I also love the simplicity of the nude court shoes. It brings us right into Spring and Summer. Not to mention they remind me of these classic Marc by Marc Jacob court shoes that I have been drooling over.

“Pomp and Circumstance” is ringing in my ears. Emma has truly moved on to the bigger and better. As for the hair, I’ll let it slide. Just ask Justin Bieber…you can’t argue with the success of that cut.

MAR
2011
16

The FN Shoe Star Facebook Page

Manolo says, if you are following the FN Shoe Star, then perhaps you may wish to “like” their Facebook page, so that you can receive the news and updates, and where you will find things like this…

Hyojins Shoe for the Rebecca Taylor Challenge

Hyojin's Shoe

Matthew Shoe for the Rebecca Taylor Challenge

Matthew's Shoe

The pictures of the shoes from the first challenge, along with the design concept boards, and the quick draw sketches. If you are interested in seeing why the Manolo predicted Hyojin as the winner of this challenge, go look at the pictures of the other shoes at the FN Shoe Star Facebook page.

MAR
2011
16

Triumph!

N.B. The third offering from the Manolo’s guest blogging friends comes from the wonderfully droll Class Factotum, who tells us the heartwarming tale of feetwear triumphant.

It’s been a long winter here in the frozen north, where even the Friday fish fry at the Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, Kopps Never Enough Chocolate frozen custard, and fried cheese curds (all of which give me that protective Milwaukee Roll) are not enough to banish the doldrums of short, cold, icy days.

The one thing that has kept me going is the promise of wearing pretty shoes again.

In the winter, there is no point to wearing nice shoes because they are sure to be ruined when one steps into the sludge waiting in the street.

The Driveway of Death

The Driveway of Death

The most important quality in a shoe in the winter, for those of us who are not driven everywhere by chauffeur and dropped off at the front door of the opera, the symphony, and Walgreen’s, is good traction. Traction is important because it keeps one from slipping on the icy Driveway of Death as one is trying to carry groceries from the car to the house.

But my Teal Leopard Print Heels with the Tangerine Ribbon await.

Teal Leopard Print with Tangarine Bow

Teal Leopard Print with Tangarine Ribbon

Oh Teal Leopard Print Heels with the Tangerine Ribbon, how I adore you. I admire your Teal and Tangerine funkiness, an antidote to my dreary life of shoveling the driveway and the sidewalk again.

I look at you and think, “There is life out there! There is sun! There is warmth! There is wearing less than all my clothes at once just to stay warm!

“And soon, the Teal Leopard Print Heels with the Tangerine Ribbon will again be applauded in a restaurant, not only validating the shoes but proving to my husband, who thinks it is perfectly appropriate to have two dozen watches but doesn’t understand shoe fabulosity, that yes, the Teal Leopard Print Heels with the Tangerine Ribbon are the coolest shoes ever.”

Applauded at a restaurant, you ask?

French Style Tables

The scene of my triumph.

Why yes.

The Teal Leopard Print Heels with the Tangerine Ribbon were applauded at a restaurant last fall, on one of the last days when it was safe to wear Nice Shoes.

We sat at our table, which was, French-style, crammed in with other tables because what is the point of wasting restaurant space on floor when you can have more people eating, even if they are elbow to elbow with the strangers at the next table?

The only place to put my feet was either under the table – as if! – or crossed casually to the side, in the aisle on the bar side, with one of the Teal Leopard Print Heels with the Tangerine Ribbon dangling off my recently-manicured toes.

Alas, nobody noticed the shoe until dessert, when the owner of the restaurant walked by our table.

She looked down.

She stopped.

She gasped.

She said, “Your shoes are gorgeous!”

I beamed. “Thanks!”

The waiter next to her turned to look.

“Oh yes!” he exclaimed. “Oh my! Those are fab!”

I turned to my husband. “I told you so!”

The owner looked puzzled.

I explained. “He didn’t understand why I like these shoes so much and why I had to get them.”

The owner shook her head. “They are O. M. G.!”

We were gathering attention. Which I hate. Ha.

The women at the table behind me said, “Let us see!”

I showed them the shoes and they twittered approvingly.

“My husband thought I shouldn’t have bought them if I didn’t already have something to wear with them!” I told them.

They glared at my husband, which was maybe a little more than he deserved, but he had denied the fabulosity of the Teal Leopard Print Heels with the Tangerine Ribbon.

People behind my husband were craning to see, so I took one shoe off and held it up.

“Brava!” mouthed a man four tables away as he clapped lightly.

“I am vindicated and validated,” I told my husband.

He admitted that maybe I was right – that the Teal Leopard Print Heels with the Tangerine Ribbon are extraordinary. The owner smiled approvingly at me as she walked away.

Spring is coming. And with it, the chance to wear the Teal Leopard Print Heels with the Tangerine Ribbon again and the chance to revel in the admiration of strangers. I can’t wait.

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