Manolo says, the Manolo reminds you that the Manolo’s hard-working blogger peoples have assembled the Holiday Shopping Guides to assist you in finding that perfect something for your beloved someone.
Miss Plumcake has gone with the Rock ‘n Roll theme with her One for Me, One for Thee style list.
Darling Francesca, from the Manolo for the Big Girl, provides us the with the gift guide to end all gift guides, with dozens of ideas for every mood and event.
Isidore Gallant at Manolo for the Men has recommend ties and cufflinks and Frenchback boxers for the fancy man in your life.
At the Manolo for the Brides, Never teh Bride’s list is all about the luxury items.
Twistie has provided us with the list full of kitchenware and cookbooks to satisfy the maker of the Christmas goodies.
The Good Glinda provides us with the list for the parents who must buy something for everyone.
And, of the course, there are always plenty of interesting things to be found at the Manolo’s Basement of the Bargains.
Manolo says, Ayyyyy! It is the fabulous Suzy Menkes interviewing Donatella Versace!
At first watching, you will not be able to pay attention to what they are saying. You will just revel in detail: the accents, the hair styles, the candles! It is all beyond magnificent and odd and wonderful.
At the second watching, when you are less distracted and can listen closely, you will realize that here are two smart women taking about interesting things.
P.S. From the Lauren Goldstein Crowe at the Fashion, Inc.
Manolo says, finally, Manolo’s good friend, the writer Linda Grant, has entered the blogosphere!
Here is the excerpt from one of her first posts, entitled appropriately, Why Clothes Matter.
Brood on this. There are only a few minutes every day when we are not clothed: in the shower, changing from one set of garments to another, having sex – these times of total nakedness are far less significant than the overwhelming hours in which we are dressed. Clothing begins in the first minute or two of our lives and we will be clothed in the grave, whether it is a suit placed on our corpse by an undertaker, or a linen shroud.
Writing about clothes, let alone thinking about them, is considered to be light-weight, trivial, empty-headed. Fashion is for those devoured by greed and consumerism. To be serious is to barely conscious of what you wear.
Enough of the sneering, already. Clothes are important.
Indeed, the Manolo could not have put it better himself.
You must go now and read this new blog, as Linda is not only the great writer, but she is the person of discernment and taste and knowledge.
Manolo says, Manolo’s very good friend Linda Grant, author of the wonderful piece in the Guardian about the declining standards of dress and comportment, has returned to add more to our very vibrant discussion of this important topic.
I would like to thank those of you who responded so positively to my Guardian piece about declining standards of dress. I believe that dressing appropriately for the occasion is simply a question of good manners, as well as to give ourselves the pleasure of wearing whatever in our wardrobes is best, just as we vary our diet, adorn our homes with nice things, and enjoy a beautiful view. In the past, even the most impoverished families, had garments that they called their ‘Sunday best’ clothes which they wore for special occasions. The dumbing down of dress is in part a product of prosperity, for when a pair of jeans can cost as much as an evening gown, who knows who is expensively dressed?
The morning the article came out, a friend reminded me that at her brother’s wedding, a few years ago, one guest arrived at the reception in shorts. Now the bride and groom were theatre folk, not actors, but a writer and a director, and one sensed that this minor celeb simply felt that the happy couple were simply not important enough to get dressed up for. The true star among the guests, Hugh Laurie (of ‘House’) and his wife were dressed entirely appropriately for a July wedding, she in a hat. As someone in the comments remarked – class, you’ve got it or you haven’t.
Two people who have class are Tizzy and her husband, who, unable to celebrate their wedding anniversary at an expensive restaurant, went to an ordinary one and dressed up anyway, he in a tie and she in a cocktail dress bought on the clearance rack for $9.99. Mr and Mrs Tizzy understand the notion of a memorable occasion. I thought of them last night at a glittering event held here in London, the private view of the new exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum on the Golden Age of Couture. For standing in front of me as we listened to a speech by Ines de la Fressange, once a Chanel model, was a woman who had chosen from her entire wardrobe to wear at this event – jeans and a t-shirt. Mr and Mrs Tizzy, despite their modest income, would, I know, have nonetheless found the prefect outfits to have attended such an occasion. To be well-dressed comes not from the bank balance, but what is inside your own head.
Manolo says, while the Manolo was away from his computer enjoying his Friday night, many of the Manolo’s internet friends were debating what the Manolo meant by his terse reply to the question about the Manolo Blahnik sandals.
In the fact, it was the direct, if somewhat brusque admission that it would be impossible for the humble shoeblogger to find the shoe for any price that closely approximated the color, shape, and detail of these magnificent and unusual Blahnik sandals, much less for under $100 of the American dollars.
The Manolo is only the simple man who loves the shoes, not the magician.
Why, you may ask, can the Manolo not find the bargain basement knockoff of these shoes?
The reasons are legion. First, the teal-turquoise color of the Blahniks is unusual.
Currently, by the Manolo’s count, there are 227 “blue” high-heeled sandals at the Zappos. Now, please go look at these 227 shoes and note how many of them are close in color to this Blahnik teal.
How many did you find? One dozen?
Here is the closest match in terms of the color.
On the right is the Constance by Nine West, the shoe that costs the mere $63.
Yes, it appears to be the same color as the Blahnik, but this is only because of the infidelity of reproduction of the computer display. The Manolo guarantees that if this shoe were put next to the teal Blahnik in real life, you would be ashamed to have thought it was the same color.
It is made of some synthentic man-made plastic, and so how could it possibly have the richness and depth of color achieved only in the finest of satins?
However, even if we do find the color match, we must then address the braiding of the back strap. This detail is not just pretty, but it is also very rare.
There are approximately 7,200 high heeled dress sandals in the inventory at the Zappos. The Manolo has not looked at all of them, but he can tell you that in the 2,000 he has looked at there is no braided back strap.
Combine the teal color with the braided back strap, two details which the Manolo’s internet friend particularly praised, and you see that it is impossible to find something similar for any price.
In truth, truly beautiful shoes are inimitable.
It is not just the color, or the materials, or even the individual details, but the totality that produces this beauty. And this is ultimately what justifies the high price.
Look again at the Manolo’s discussion of the Prada which seemed to imitate the Louboutin
Even the untrained eye can clearly see how the Prada looks common next to the exalted Louboutin. Both use the best Italian leather, and are assembled by the best Italian craftsmen, but one is so very much better than the other.
This difference is the hand and soul of the designer.
And it is why sometimes the best answer is the simple “no”.
Manolo says, from the Manolo’s internet friend the Triticale, comes this…
The picture of the John Fluevog’s sweet, sweet whip.
Here is the description from the Fluevog website..
T’S A BIRD! IT’S A PLANE! IT’S A DRAWING ROOM ON WHEELS! Well, she was a rusted-out hulk, ready for the scrapyard. Somehow, the Jaguar MK 10 that Sigurd Fluevog bought, back in 1965, had fallen into such egregious disrepair that any sensible person would write her off, without a second thought. But true Car Guys, like John and his late Dad, have a special kind of X-Ray vision that enables them to see the glory within (it works on people, too). Faced with the choice to scrap the classic or bring her back to life, John of course took the Fluevog route and committed to fully restoring this lost beauty, better than new. In the process, he couldn’t resist getting out his sketchbook and ended up completely redesigning the car, inside and out. The frame was rebuilt; a V-8 engine was installed; the interior was transformed, the roof was lowered (think about that for a second: he chopped a classic Jaguar!). Two years and a whole lot of body work later, the world has one of the most original Fluevogs ever to strike the street (watch your local motorways – this automotive angel could descend upon a thoroughfare near you). You can’t miss it – she’s the car with the stitching on the side and Mister Vog behind the wheel. The one that almost looks like it could have come out of a Fluevog bag. All this is a very simple key to understanding John’s mind: when he’s drawing a shoe, he’s thinking about a car; when he’s drawing a car, he’s thinking about a shoe. It’s the Fluevog Continuum.
You must go to the wonderful-crazy Fluevog site and see the other pictures.
Manolo says, the long-time internet friends of the Manolo will remember his internet friend the Debutaunt, who has been fighting the serious illness.
Starting May 7th the National Marrow Donor Program is typing people for free!
In an effort to help all patients in need, the National Marrow Donor Program kicks off its national Thanks Mom Marrow Donor Drive on Monday, May 7, with a goal of adding 20,000 new donors to the National Marrow Donor Program Registry in two weeks. Thanks Mom will run May 7-21 and sponsor free marrow donor drives online at marrow.org and in more than 350 cities nationwide.
Anyone between the ages of 18 and 60, in good health and willing to help any patient is eligible to join, free of charge, from May 7 – 21, at a donor drive in their city or by registering online.
This is emphatically the good cause.
Manolo says, once again, the Maestro Manolo Blahnik proves why he shall forever and eternity be our hero, he is simply the most witty, gracious, and charming person.
Manolo Blahnik sounds it out.
If he practiced enough, he’d master a Southern drawl someday.
But not today.
“My biggest dream is to talk like a Southern person,” Blahnik says as he settles into a cozy chair at Neiman Marcus in Houston. He blots a trickle of sweat from his face and lets out a faint sigh.
“I need an aspirin. I have a headache,” he says, sweeping his hand across his forehead.
“I was in London on Monday, Atlanta on Tuesday, now Houston. I’m just crazy. I’m 63 years old, you know. I’m no spring chicken!”
On this day, hundreds of women have lined the shoe department at Neiman Marcus to have a moment with the designer. He signs the soles of their shoes, one by one, with pleasure.
“I’m so glad I don’t have high heels on,” he says laughing.
One woman kicks up her black patent-leather ankle boot. “I don’t know why they like this shoe, but they do,” Blahnik said. If anything, he’s without ego and shies from a chance to promote himself or his shoes.
Another woman shows him color photographs of her 80-pair collection.
“Now, that’s far too many shoes for anyone to own,” he said.
He signs the shoe, smiling.
Charm and graciousness, qualities in short supply in the modern world, but which our Maestro has in abundance.
Manolo says, what to get the person who has everything?
Perhaps the drink coasters that remind you of just how special you truly are.
Or maybe the hoodie with the Manolo’s favorite interjection.
There are many more such items available for the holiday shopping at the Manolo’s Shoe Blog Shoppe.