Archive - April, 2011

Princess Beatrice’s Hat

How much is that Beatrice in the window?

Manolo says, there is nothing sadder at the pet shop than the puppies who never get taken home.

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The Manolosphere on the Royal Wedding

Manolo says, today at Manolo for the Brides, our friend Christa Terry (a.k.a. Never teh Bride) is all about the wedding dress. While at the Manolo for the Beauty, Glinda discusses the Kate Middleton makeup.

Manolo the Columnist: Cole Haan Air Cynthia Mid-Heel

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

Dear Manolo,

After way too many years commuting from a far-flung suburb, I’m moving to downtown D.C. Well, almost…Mt. Pleasant. It’s a comfortable, 20-30 minute walk from my office downtown, and I’d like to stroll to work most days this summer. However, I don’t want to be one of those frumpistas who tromps to work in workout shoes or — the horror — flip flops! What do you suggest?

Nellie

Manolo says, ayyyyy! Walking in the city is one the Manolo’s favorite entertainments! Indeed, the Manolo spends the hour or two each afternoon strolling through the streets, tipping his hat to the ladies, saying good afternoon to the gentlemen, stopping occasionally at the sidewalk café for the cappuccino, or the tiny glass of Campari.

Walking is the civilized and civilizing activity. It forces us to slow down and consider our surroundings, to politely acknowledge the fellow humans with whom we share the sidewalks. Walkers do not suffer from the road rage, the particular scourge of the automotive commuters, the malady brought on by the confining and isolating nature of our cars.

Walking is to driving as the tipped hat is to the flipped bird.

Of the course, when the Washington summer finally and fully arrives, one may be tempted on the hottest and most humid days to retreat to the air-conditioned comfort of the car. Resist, dear friends, enjoy the season first hand by walking!

Here is the Cole Haan Air Cynthia Mid Sandal, the mid-heel espadrille that would keep you cool and comfortable on those pleasant strolls from Mt. Pleasant.

Cole Haan Air Cynthia Mid Sandal

Burberry Platform Sandals for the Thursday

Burberry Leather Platform Sandals

Manolo says, the weekend, it has almost arrived, and you have the big plans, oh yes, you, Little Miss Quiet-in-the-Corner, have the big plans, very big plans, indeed: dining, dancing, canoodling, the whole romantic magilla.

But, you will need shoes, beautiful simple shoes that will perfectly accent the simple pale dress you have selected for this evening of amour.

Look! Burberry platform sandals, in the mysterious “smoked trench” color! Perfect!

Whose Shoes Wednesday…The Answer

Manolo asked, whose shoes?

Raquel Welch, Age 70

Manolo answers, it is the Raquel Welch!

Congratulations to the Manolo’s internet friend the always delightful Rondi, who was first to correctly identify this week’s va-va-va-voomish personality of note.

P.S. This picture above is from last year, shortly before the Raquel Welch’s 70th birthday.

Cut it Out!

It looks like good ol’ Uncle Joey Gladstone from Full House was a prophetic with his iconic catch phrase.

One of this Summer’s hottest shoe trends is the cut out. A sexy silhouette that shows off all of the pretty patches of your tootsies (just make sure you slip into a pair post pedicure…Winter shoes can be a bit rough on a ladies heels), this trend is emerging in the form of platforms, wedges, stilettos…and now even in little black oxfords.

Minimarket Cut Out OxfordMinimarket Cut Out Oxford 2

I have been loving the cut out trend this season, and I think it transitions nicely to these classic staple shoes. These Minimarket Lace Up Cut Out Oxfords are on the more extreme end of the cut out silhouette, but I have to admit that I find them rather intriguing. The barely-there look is pretty playful and adventurous, which is a route I enjoy taking with my everyday shoes.  Nerdy Uncle Joey may have called it, but I think this trend is better suited for sexy Uncle Jesse. Have Mercy…

 

Whose Shoes Wednesday

Manolo asks, whose shoes?

What the Manolo is…

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

We Had It So Good

What else would the Manolo be reading this week but We Had It So Good, the smashing new novel from his writerly friend, the Linda Grant?

Although the Manolo read this book the few months ago, he has returned to it this week, as it has finally been published in the United States.

We Had it So Good is nothing less than the biography of the whole generation of middle class peoples, telling the story of the Baby Boomers through the eyes of the Californian who settles in London and ages through the past forty years of tumult.

And yet, what the Manolo likes the best is that, even though the book is ambitious, it never forgets that it is about interesting individuals with individual and particular experiences. It is the entertaining story well told, and because of this it would be the good book for the intelligent book club, something that gives you much to consider and discuss, even as the story pulls you along.

So, you must read the We Had It So Good, it both very smart and very enjoyable.

FN Shoe Star, Episode 13

Manolo says, here you see above the 13th episode of the FN Shoe Star, in which the remaining contestants take their Vera Wang wedding shoes to the judges table.

First, the Manolo is happy to see that, at the least, one of the designers has taken the Manolo’s advice to change the hair style

Shannon's Old Hair

Before

Shannon's Hair

After, and After the After

Slow down, girlfriend, you’ll go bald.

As for the shoes that were presented to the judges, which included the Vera Wang, they were generally not the worst, nor were they generally (nor even particularly) the best.

The Manolo predicts that Keena will be the loser. But, what did she expect? Black shoes for the wedding? Is this something that is common in the islands? Of the course, when Keena is ejected, she will not even be able to claim that she did not have the warning, as Vasilios! repeatedly questioned her judgement.

The winner will be Rachel, who was inexplicably the only contestant to make the open-toed shoe. (What were the others thinking…”hmmm, Puerto Rico? Sexy young bride? Orthopedic pumps! In black!”) Her shoe was nothing especially original, but it at the least looked like the wedding shoe.

Xtina is First Gay Walk of Fame Inductee

Christina Gay Walk of Fame

Christina Aguilera got Dirrty last week as she was the first inductee for West Hollywood’s new Gay Walk of Fame. Forget her hands and feet, what should be covered in mud is this ensemble. Corsets and feathers and pleather, oh my! It’s like a 1920′s prostitute meets trashy 90′s lingerie (other stars who have tried this look include Rose Mcgowen and Dita Von Teese…thus this can be dubbed the “Marilyn Manson bait” look).

I know Christina has always pushed the class-less boundaries with her fashion sense (just Google “assless chaps”, you’ll find her) and therefore I shouldn’t even raise an eyebrow at this tragedy, but she is a mother now! I say she should just stick to ripping off Lady Gaga because then at least her scantily clad body would have a bit more art involved. Regardless, much like an awful car crash, she has captured my attention and I simply can’t look away.

Manolo Blahnik Pubil Leather Sandals For the Monday

Manolo says, it is Monday and you are back at your desk recovering from the day-long festivities of Easter.

Yesterday morning, it was up early, into the Easter finery, and off to the church, where you frantically search for the seats in the packed room… oh look…it is cousin Barney, and there is the space next to him for the whole family, if you pack in very tightly and do not breathe in unison.

Then the festivities began with one of your favorite hymns, that old showstopper, “Up from the grave he arose, with the mighty triumph o’er his foes, he arose a victor from the dark domain, and he lives forever with his saints to reign!”

Unfortunately, this was followed by one of those modern songs the kids supposedly like, the shapeless piece of music which sounds like the weakest song on latest 3 Doors Down album. That would not be so bad, except the song promotes this vague theology centered on the awesome awesomeness of the awesome God. Say what you will about the old hymns, but they were written by the people who knew their way around both the G-clef and the King James Version.

And then it was time for the pastor to give his homily, which you enjoyed greatly, even if your children (whom you had forcibly deprived of their electronic devices) fidgeted nervously in their seats, while your husband Gary dozed softly, comfortably wedged into one of Cousin Barney’s fleshy folds.

Later, at home, you will dine like American royalty on ham, green beans, potatoes au gratin, lemon meringue pie, and the angel food cake.

Manolo Blahnik Pubil Leather Sandals

And today, you will feast your eyes upon these beautiful Maestro Manolo Blahnik Pubil Leather and Snakeskin Sandals

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter

The Manolo wishes his dear internet friends the joy of this wondrous day!

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