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Manolo the Columnist: Savy from the Vera Wang Lavender Label

Here is the Manolo’s latest column for the Express of the Washington Post.

Dear Manolo,

In a few weeks, my daughter will receive her first communion. She’s so excited and pleased with her little wedding-dress-like outfit, that it’s made me start to think about what I’m going to wear, probably a linen shift in a neutral color. What do you suggest in the way of shoes?

Maggie

Manolo says, oh, how the Manolo loves the life passages! The weddings and births, the festivals and celebrations, even the funerals, as sad as they always are. But above all else, the Manolo is especially fond of any event that requires the little children to dress up in finery. It is so wonderfully and warmly satisfying to see children included in our ceremonial life, or, even better, to see them be the center of our ceremonies!

Of the course, when preparing for any ceremony, one must be careful that the preparations and accoutrements not overshadow the solemn joy of the event itself. How often have the modern weddings, bar mitzvahs, quinceañeras, and sweet sixteen parties become grotesque festivals of conspicuous display, robbing such important ceremonies of true meaning? Yes, strangely, live giraffes, private Justin Bieber concerts, and dresses with forty-foot crystal trains are not conducive of heartfelt emotion.

Thankfully, the Manolo has never attended, nor yet heard of, the confirmation ceremony which has gotten this out of hand. Perhaps the Manolo just does not socialize with the right crowds.

Here is the Savy from the Vera Wang Lavender Label, the properly vernal celebratory pump.

Savy from Vera Wang Lavender Lable

FN Shoe Star Episode 14

Manolo says, and now the 14th Episode of the FN Shoe Star is available for your on-line viewing enjoyment.

And, as it turns out, the Manolo was wrong last week when he predicted that Keena would be sent away for designing the all-black wedding shoe. Likewise, he would not have thought that Matthew would have won yet again. But, such is the nature of these reality show contests in which the punishment and the reward are rarely meted out in accordance with one’s expectations.

And so, it was Shannon, the most delightfully quirky of the designers, who was sent away for her asymmetrical, lace-bedecked wedding shoe, while Matthew was awarded the prize for the third week in the row.

Next week, Fergie!

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.

Vera Wang on the Sale

N5054 by Vera Wang   Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, here is the beautiful and understated strappy gold sandal from the Vera Wang, and look, It is on the sale! 65% off of the usual price, the savings of over $250 of the American dollars!

Manolo the Columnist

Manolo says, the Manolo’s latest column, it is now available for the downloading at the Express of the Washington Post website.

It is the new version of the column of the Manolo, 300 words of Manolo-based wisdom, twice the size of the previous column.

This week, the topic it is the shoes for the Eve of the New Year.

Dear Manolo,

I’ve been invited to the very swanky party on New Year’s Eve, but I’m a poor girl. Please help me find some super fantastic but affordable shoes.

Birgitta.

Manolo says, the Eve of the New Years it is one of the most favorite nights of the year for the Manolo, as it gives your humble shoeblogging friend the Manolo the opportunity to slick back what is left of the hair, squeeze into the tuxedo (which has mysteriously grown smaller over the preceeding twelve months) and party like it is the 1999.

Even the better, it is the night when the Manolo gets to see the beautiful society womens go out in their fancy black dresses with the most super fantastic shoes on their feets, shoes that are surpassingly elegant and beautiful, and undoubtedly cost many hundreds of the American dollars,

How wonderful it is to know that at the least one night of the year, everyone is attempting to look their most super fantastic. This it is the night for the Blahniks, and the Choos, and the Louboutins, shoes that express your love of elegance and your impeccable style.

Of the course, what are you to do if, like the friend of the Manolo, you cannot afford the shoe of the Choo? (Retail price more than what “the Man” he pays you for the entire week’s worth of the drudgery.)

Be not afraid, the Manolo he is here to help.

Here are two beautiful shoes from the Vera Wang that are on the sale at the Zappos.
Vera Wang 5401X  Sequined Slingback     Manolo Likes! Click!
This first one, the black slingback with the sparkly sequined accents, it is selling at the 63% discount, the savings of over $300 of the American dollars!

Vera Wang 5702 Black Satin Pump    Manolo Likes!  Click!

This second shoe, the elegant pump with just enough of the tasteful bling, is is 53% off of the usual price.

Holiday Shoes X

Vera Wang 5050   Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, from the Vera Wang the open-toed spirit of the season.

Sandals from the Vera Wang

Vera Wang N5025 Red Sandal     Manolo Likes!  Click!Vera Wang N5025  Green Sandal     Manolo Likes!  Click!Vera Wang N5025   Kilim Print Sandal    Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, this colorful yet simple sandal from the Vera Wang, it amuses the Manolo with it’s charming insouciance.

The Vera Wang and Her Leggings

The Vera Wang and Her Leggings

Manolo says, here is the picture of the Vera Wang. As you can see she dresses as so many of the designers of the fashion they do, in the costume of the nearly all black.

The Manolo he does not approve of this.

To the Manolo the designer she is saying that her clothes they they are not capable of the wearing by the people of the everydayness, or if one is not the super model thin.

In the fact, the Vera Wang she designs the beautiful garments, and the Vera herself she is the cutie. So why must she adopt this atrocious downtown style, with the hideous leggings, no of the less?

Yes, this outfit it is functional, and no of the doubt comfortable, but it is not flattering to the Vera.

Here again, we must take as our muse the Miuccia, who is not afraid to wear her own creations to the shows of the fashion.

Miuccia is our muse!Miuccia is our muse!Miuccia is our muse!

Manolo says, the Miuccia she is our muse!