Manolo the Columnist: Irene from Diane von Furstenberg

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

Dear Manolo,

In a few weeks I’ll be turning fifty, and I’ve decided that I’m desperately in need of a makeover. I see all these women my age and older who look really great in youthful outfits, so I’d like to try something new, but I’m afraid of looking like I’m trying too hard. What would you recommend?

Marilynn

Manolo says, Danger, Wilhelmina Robinson! Danger! One minute, you are the perfectly lovely 49-year-old woman who needs the new hairstyle, the good makeup, and the slight updating of her wardrobe, and the next you are the cougar hoochie-mama in the micro-mini skirt, cropped-top, and lucite platform heels standing in the tattoo parlor pointing at the picture of the dragon.

Better, thinks the Manolo, to do the candid self-assessment. What is your body type and who are the prominent women of the certain age you admire? It would be hard to pull off the Carine Roitfeld, aging-French-rocker look if you are zaftig, or have the retiring personality.

The Manolo’s best advice is to start slowly, with the new hair do and the new shoes. That may be all that is needed.

Here is the Irene from the Diane von Furstenberg (the potential role model!) which would be perfect for the vintage woman with the decent ankles.

Irene from Diane von Furstenberg

6 Responses to “Manolo the Columnist: Irene from Diane von Furstenberg”

  1. Klee April 1, 2011 at 8:38 am #

    Ooooh, pretty!

    • Shoe Fanatic April 1, 2011 at 11:48 am #

      What I like about the Irene is the confident geometry of the design, yet it’s still feminine and cool. The ecru/ beige upper and the red insole shows some real imagination. It’s a classic.

  2. Shoe Climax April 1, 2011 at 1:02 pm #

    Irene, Diane… you’ve got our attention, my dears!

  3. Anika April 1, 2011 at 1:07 pm #

    Love love love!! I am 28, but I would wear these if I were 58 – they’re a classic, with enough interesting shapes and detailing to make them eternally cool.

  4. Jenny April 2, 2011 at 3:53 am #

    Irene and Diane are certainly role models. They are certainly the classic High Heels to be in my Wardrobe :)

  5. Lisa from SoCal April 2, 2011 at 1:51 pm #

    Pretty pretty shoe!!! Pretty!

    As the 40 something zaftig lady with the dragon tattoo (obtained when I was 19 and skinny, bygone years), I object! (Not really; doing something when one is 19 is different than 49. I still love my tattoo though it gets many the stares and glares from my stodgy dean, largely because it reminds me of that lovely girl I used to be–generous, big hearted, adventurous, rebellious for dumb reasons, and willing to hop on a motorcycle for an adventure. I wouldn’t trade her for anything.)