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Manolo the Columnist: Willie from Diane von Furstenberg | Manolo's Shoe Blog

Manolo the Columnist: Willie from Diane von Furstenberg

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

Dear Manolo,

This summer I will be on a faculty fellowship at an Ivy League university, where an ambitious film actor is also pursuing one of his 11-or-so literary PhDs. What kind of footwear can I wear with my floaty dresses that will at once announce “serious academic” to my colleagues as well as “important ingenue” in case the actor’s looking for a fresh co-star?


Manolo says, to paraphrase the immortal Dorothy Parker: seldom cast as actresses, are the girls who wear glasseses.

Despite the unusual circumstances involving the pretty boy actor and the Ivy League fellowship, this is the variation of the old conundrum: how does the smarty-smart girl attract the admiring male gaze without feeling, self-consciously, that she is the gender-traitor for conforming to the traditional, heteronormative, patriarchal orthodoxy.

Although, the modern world, being infinitely more complicated than the 1980’s music videos, offers further difficulties that the acerbic Ms. Parker could never have imagined.

Or, to paraphrase the Thomas Dolby, “Good Heavens, Miss Sakamoto! You’ve filed harassment charges against me for noticing that you’re beautiful!”

Which is why the pretty boy actors tend to date the pretty girl actresses, because such academy-specific complications do not enter into the mathematics of Hollywood romance.

But, it never hurts to give it the old college try. Here is the Willie from Diane von Furstenberg, the sharp-looking wedge heel sandal with enough intellectual interest to maintain ones credibility in the faculty lounge.

Willie from Diane von Furstenberg

8 Responses to “Manolo the Columnist: Willie from Diane von Furstenberg”

  1. Donna Collins June 3, 2011 at 10:57 am #

    Hahaha – brilliant!

  2. Azulao June 3, 2011 at 1:37 pm #

    Very brilliant! Manolo, how do you know so well what the female faculty go through?! Lovely shoe, too.

    If I may ask, though, why does Dr. Kate want to be seen as the ingenue? Think Cate Blanchett rather than Natalie Portman.

  3. marvel June 3, 2011 at 3:20 pm #

    Those shoes are gorgeous.

  4. icecoaster June 3, 2011 at 7:28 pm #

    But now you should offer advice on how to respond when said ambitious film actor asks to borrow those gorgeous shoes.

  5. Linnea June 4, 2011 at 5:49 am #

    Great fun!

  6. Duyen Ky June 4, 2011 at 6:32 am #

    The shoes? Eh. Boring. The phrase “she is the gender-traitor for conforming to the traditional, heteronormative, patriarchal orthodoxy” — ? Nausea-inducing gender-war feminist cant. I hope you wrote it tongue-in-cheek.

    • icecoaster June 4, 2011 at 2:12 pm #

      You must be new here.

      • Jennie June 4, 2011 at 11:10 pm #

        Very new.