Injustice! (Again!)

Manolo says, yet again the major blogging awards have neglected to include the fashion blog category. This time it is the Weblog Awards who have disrespected us.

This is ridiculous. As this year alone dozens of articles, in such publications as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Times of London, have been written about the growing power and influence of the fashion blogosphere. The point of most of these articles is that the fashion blogs are having the significant impact on the wider culture. And they all note how fashion blogs have changed the relationship between the clothing designers, the clothing retailers and manufacturers, and the consuming public. Where before there were one-sided announcements, now there is conversation.

The Manolo would also point to one other indication of the importance and impact of the fashion blogs: money.

One need only look at such recent developments as the purchase of Coutorture by Sugar Media, and the amount of capital raised by to know that the the economic potential of the fashion blogs is great. Indeed, the Manolo himself has been approached repeatedly in the past six months by the venture capitalists offering him ridiculous sums of money for investment purposes. This sort of thing does not happen to the pet blogs.

And so the Manolo now calls upon the Weblog Awards to acknowledge what the rest of the world already knows, that the fashion blogs are important and worthy of recognition.

If you, the reader of this post, would like to help, go to their site and leave the polite comment asking that they reconsider their decision, or email them the polite but firm note expressing your objections.

If you are the fashion blogger, write the post celebrating the substantial achievements of the fashion blogs and decrying this injustice. It is not right that the fashion blogosphere should be neglected in this way.


Manolo says, the Manolo is dismayed to see that once again the Bloggies, the annual awards for the best blogs, have neglected to include the catagory for the Fashion Blogs!

This it is the injustice! (Yes, perhaps not the great injustice, but the injustice nonetheless.)

One need only look at the dozens of the recent articles in the mainstream press about the influence of the fashion blogosphere to see that the fashion blogging has become the phenomenon that cannot be ignored. But ignore it the Bloggies have done, undoubtedly because the organizers of these awards are the post-adolescent techno-geeks more interested in talking about the electronic doohickeys and the Web 2.0 than the subjects that are of real interest to many millions of the blog readers.

If, like the Manolo, you wish to see the fashion blogging as the category in the Bloggies, go to the website of the awards and send the organizers the email politely expressing your desire to have the fashion blog category included forthwith.

The Next Carnivale of the Couture

Manolo says, the Maria at the Runway Scoop she has posted the topic for the next Carnivale of the Couture.

If you were given the chance to produce a fashion ad for your favorite designer, but were only given a $100 budget, what type of ad would fashion shoot.bmpyou produce?

The Manolo, who has the auteur’s ambition, he would love to direct the commercial for the house of fashion, although he has no idea how to manage what he would like to achieve on such the limited budget.

The Carnivale of the Couture

Manolo says, the latest Carnivale of the Couture, it is now available for your reading pleasure at the website of the Coquette. The title it is From Summer to Fall.

The Next Carnivale of the Couture

Manolo says, the topic for the next Carnivale of the Couture it is now posted at the blog of the Coquette. Here is the topic:

As we look ahead to Fall season next month, what is one item of clothing you will miss in your Summer wardrobe and what is one item you are coveting for Fall?

This it is the very good question.

As for the Manolo, when the seasons change from the summer into the fall, the Manolo he will bid the fond adieu to his summer wardrobe, and he will say “hello old friend” to his fall wardrobe.

The Manolo, he is the passionate believer in the idea that everything has the season (turn, turn, turn). the autumn, and there is little that he will miss.

The Next Carnivale of the Couture

Manolo says, the Gloria at the <3 Live, <3 Style blog she has posted the topic for the very next Carnivale of the Couture.

Have you ever worn or not worn a certain something that was probably not the smartest thing to do but you did it anyway because of the sake of fashion? Or being horribly embarassed? You did something fashion-associated that probably wasn’t practical and was punished in some way [suffering consequences by be it Mother Nature, or something or someone else]. Tell me your story!

The Organizing of the Carnivale of the Couture

Manolo says, the Manolo who has been most busy this summer, what with the travelling and the vigorous relaxing in the chairs of lounging, he needs to announce to his many internet blogging friends that the Desiginer Ella and the Bargain Queen have graciously volunteered to organize the future Carnivales of the Couture.

The Manolo he simply does not have the time to organize this most important weekly event, and so we must profusely thank the Ella and the Queen for this, and we must participate most actively.

The Carnivale of the Couture #24

Manolo says, the Kathleen at the Fashion Incubator she has posted several lengthy and quite impressive pieces connected with the latest Carnivale of the Couture. If you are at all interested in the creative process and how the aspect of technical complexity figures into the production of the pieces of fashion, you must go now to her site and scroll down to read all of these interesting items.

P.S. Because of the Manolo’s very busy schedule of travelling the Manolo has decided to temporarily put the Carnivale of the Couture on the hiatus, until the first week of the September. (Although, if the volunteer would like to relieve the Manolo of this duty during this period…)

The Next Carnivale of the Couture

Manolo says, the topic for the next Carnivale of the Couture it has been posted at the very smart website of the Fashion Incubator.

Tell us about the most technically complex garment you have either owned or constructed, describing it’s unique features. Feel free to include photos if you have them.

This it is the marvelously thoughtful and important question.

Carnivale of the Couture #23

Manolo says, the latest of the Carnivale of the Couture it is now available at the blog of the ShoeSense. You must go visit, it is most amusing.

The Next Carnivale of the Couture

Manolo says, Ayyyyyyyy, Ayyyyyyy, Ayyyyy!

All of the this travelling this week and the last has resulted in the Manolo neglecting to properly organize and publicize the Carnivale of the Couture!


Please forgive the Manolo this lapse.

And now the Manolo must rectify his mistakes. And he belives that the best way to do this it is to push back the Carnivale for the single week. So that this next week, that of the July the 10th, it shall be the carnivale at the Shoe Sense blog, and in the following week, that of the July 17th, it shall be at the Fashion Incubator blog.

Again, many apologies to both of these wonderful bloggers for the mistakes of the Manolo

And so, here is the link to the topic from the Scarpediem at the Shoe Sense blog, , which shall be the topic for the Carnivale in this coming week.

Here is the topic, itself.

What is the proper attire for 4th of July?

In other words, can you be festive without being tacky? What does a fashionable woman or man wear while overloading on hot dogs and fireworks?

The answer of the Manolo it is yes, of the course it is possible to dress in the festive manner without being considered tacky.

For the example, for this Fourth of the July, when the Manolo celebrated those things that make one proud to be the American, even if it is by the adoption rather than the birth, the Manolo appeared at the party in the casual blue suit with the white shirt and the red tie with small white stars.

Festive and emphatically not tacky, no?

The Next Carnivale of the Couture

Manolo says, the topic for the next Carnivale of the Couture, it has been posted at the Blog of the Style Bard, who asks us to consider…

In what clothes and accessories would you like to be buried?

This it is the marvelous topic!

Because the Manolo he would wish to appear in his best for all of the eternity, he thus hopes to be buried in his favorite wool, dark grey, single-breasted bespoke suit, the fine white shirt with the heavenly blue Hermes tie windsor knotted at the neck, and with his finest John Lobb shoes upon his now lifeless feets.

The peaceful corpse, beautifully dressed.