The Caddy from Charles by Charles David

Caddy from Charles by Charles David

Manolo says, last Friday, when the Manolo was answering the question posed by his internet friend Meredith, who works in the office of the Congress person, the Manolo came very close to recommending these shoes, the Caddy from the Charles by Charles David.

But, such is the sadness of the working girl, that fun shoes with interesting details are not appropriate in every professional situation.

Malvolio’s Cross-Garter’d Yellow Stockings

N.B. Several of the Manolo’s internet friends have responded heroically to the Manolo’s plaintive call for help. This post, by the marvelously erudite and witty Sarah, is the first of the guest posts provided by these wonderful friends.

The Manolo is in the rut. The Manolo is filled with the ennui.

The Manolo has brought me such pleasure over the years that I have been reading his blogs, and has added so many touches of beauty to my life that I find this douleur completely unacceptable. It is true that March does have a tendency to bring in da funk, but the Manolo must not be permitted to suffer. I am compelled assist him in rediscovering his joie de blog.

And so, with no further ado , let’s talk about Shakespeare.

The great fashion joke in Shakespeare comes in his play Twelfth Night when a pair of wealthy party animals joins up with a clever maidservant to convince the uptight and unfashionable Malvolio that his beautiful young employer, Olivia, is in love with him. As a sign of his passion for her, he is told that he should wear yellow stockings and cross-garters. Our merry pranksters consider this to be as hilarious and humiliating as Charlie Sheen’s latest antics.

For those of us who aren’t living in the seventeenth century, however, the joke falls a little flat.

Here’s what’s going on. Sort of.

The truth is that even those of us who study this stuff aren’t entirely sure why yellow stockings and cross-garters are hilarious. So really, the most famous fashion joke in history is something of a mystery. But I can give you a few possibilities to bring up the next time Shakespeare comes up in conversation as he so often does.

First, yellow stockings and cross garters look like this:

Yellow Stockings and Cross Garters

So that's comedy gold right there.

Second, the flashiness of the cross-garters and yellow stockings is over the top, even for the excesses of men’s fashion in the Renaissance.

Here’s Henry VIII, who was no slouch as a sartorialist. Notice, though, how plain his stockings are.

Henry VIII

Hank 8, Rocking the Stockings and Garters

And he was King! Malvolio is just a steward (a high level servant/manager type).

So, they’re funny-looking, and they’re overly flashy.

It gets worse for Malvolio, though. In the Renaissance, great legs were one of the most enticing and macho things a man could put on display. The other, well….
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Aubrey O’Day has Good Taste

And here we see miss Aubrey O’Day at the premiere of her new Oxygen reality show All About Aubrey (a program I can only imagine is going to be both titillating and inspiring). 

Oh heavens, where to begin. First, I applaud her for the effort to draw attention away from her face ( made entirely out of fondant these days) with an “eye catching” outfit, something she tossed together at the very last minute by scrounging through a Frederick’s of Hollywood sales rack.

But those shoes…

Unless someone is planning on making a parody of the Spice Girl’s “Wannabe” music video, I feel that shoes this obscene and this pink should be banned for any feet that don’t plan on being wrapped around a pole for a few hours.

N.B. The Manolo has asked his friend Trisha Marie to help him from time to time.


FN Shoe Star, Episode 7

Manolo says, the seventh episode of the FN Shoe Star is now available for your viewing pleasure.

This week the contestants are presenting to the judges their finished shoes which are to accompany the Rebecca Taylor runway collection. But, first, the they must make the detour to meet with Vasilios! (the Manolo has added the exclamation mark, because he deserves it), the chairman of the F.I.T.’s accessories department. All the Manolo can recall from these meetings, is that the Vasilios! likes to use the word “feisty”.

And then it was straight to the judging table, where the Michael Atmore, back in full brood, is joined by Rebecca Taylor and the Edelmans, the Sam and the Libby, of the Brown Shoe.

Michael Atmore Broods

'Lord, what fools these mortals be.'

Again, the actual construction of the shoes left much to be desired, as did the generally muddy color choices of the designers. The strangest decision, however, was Shannon’s convertible shoe, which looked like the hot mess with the fur cuff, and worse with it off, and which looked nothing like the sketch which won the quickdraw challenge. Here is the Manolo’s advice, if Rebecca Taylor has chosen your sketch as the best of the lot, you have to make that shoe, not go off on the wild flights of fur-and-frippery fancy.

In the end, for the Manolo the clear winner was Hyojin, whose asymmetrical ankle-cuff sandal was by far the best thing presented. But, we must wait until next week to see who the judges pick.

Hyojins Shoe

Hyojins Shoe

In the meantime, you must now go watch this new episode.

Robert Clergerie for Opening Ceremony

It’s beauties like these that cause me to weep a little at the fact that I don’t have a Marry Poppin’s magically endless bag of cash. Robert Clergerie proves again just how elegant and sassy French designers can be in his Spring shoe collection for Opening Ceremony. My favorite style of the collection is the Saxo Leather Bootie. This sleek shoe with its elegant wooden heel, corset lacing and leather body is the stuff dreams are made of (at least mine, anyway). If only I could slip my brittle ankles into these striking booties and prance around the city, running up and down subway platforms while legions of shoe fans alike drool over my killer set of kicks…

Hey, a girl can dream, can’t she? Somebody snag these and make me jealous.

You can check out the rest of the collection at Opening Ceremony.

N.B. The Manolo has asked his friend Trisha Marie to help him from time to time.



Manolo the Columnist: Air Talia Open-Toe Slingback From Cole Haan

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

Dear Manolo,

I work in a congressional office on Capitol Hill, and I would like to know what shoes are work appropriate in the spring and summer. I love wedge sandals, but I always feel uncertain about wearing them to work. How about those gladiator style sandals? Any help is appreciated.

Meredith

Manolo says, from the casual observation of the C-Span, Internet gossip, and the police blotters, it is possible to say that the average congress being is the highly-strung, go-go-go, narcissistic, type-A lunatic with the poor impulse control and the outrageous demands.

“Ms. Smith, can you pick up my cleaning, notify the press that I’m available for comment, walk my dog, clean my gutters, and mark up that new interstate trucking bill? Oh, and when you’re done, I need you to come in here and pumice the calluses off of my feet. Chop, chop.”

Thus, the Manolo would recommend taking measures to avoid doing anything that might “angry up the blood” of the Congressmen and the Congressladies. Also, because professional appearance is to be highly valued in such situations, the bit of the peeping toes is probably about as far one would wish to go with the displays of feet skin.

It is best to save the stylish and sexy sandals for the after hours partying down.

Here is the Cole Haan Air Talia Open Toe Slingback in the palomino patent, the conservative, comfortable, and professional choice of congressional aides everywhere.

Air Talia Slingback from Cole Haan

Dov Charney is a Classy Businessman

Stay Classy, Dov.

American Apparel founder and CEO Dov Charney is apparently facing a $260 million dollar lawsuit this week alleging that he pressured a former teenage employee to engage in lewd sexual acts with him in order to keep her job at the fashion retailer. It’s gotta be the shocker of the year that the man who markets his business by taking back alley photographs of sex starved teenagers in spread eagle positions while wearing nothing but underwear in order to sell his products would turn out to be a creep. Is it just me, or should the mustache have been the first clue?

Sex scandal aside, they do have some great high waisted shorts.

N.B. The Manolo has asked his friend Trisha Marie to help him from time to time. This is the first of her contributions.

Guest Posting at the Shoe Blog of the Manolo

Manolo says, things have grown stale at the blog of the Manolo.

The Manolo is in the rut.

And so, to liven things up the bit, the Manolo would like to invite his internet friends to consider contributing the guest post or two the Manolo’s humble shoe blog.

It does not matter if you are the fashion blogger, or the non-blogger, the Manolo would love to see what his internet friends have to say about such topics as shoes, runway trends, fashion history, shoes, celebrity misadventure, shoes, indeed almost any topic that is not overtly political, or overly controversial. All the Manolo asks is that the contribution be thoughtful and moderately entertaining to his readers.

If you would like to do this please send the Manolo the email telling him what you would like to make the guest post about.

The Manolo’s Thursday Miscellany

Manolo says, here are the few links which may perhaps amuse…

Nude Shoes for Brown Girls.

Zombie Stompers!

I love the way I feel when I’m tossing bobbins.

Sergio Rossi to Fabulous Up Your Day

Blue High Heeled Peep-Toed

Manolo says, what better way to brighten your Thursday than with the pair of the over-the-top fabulous, blue suede, gold bedecked Sergio Rossi platform sandals?

Whose Shoes Wednesday…The Answer

Manolo asked, whose shoes?

Kyra Sedgwick Shoes

Manolo answers, it is the Kyra Sedgwick!

Congratulations to the Manolo’s internet friend, the Laura K, for being the first to correctly identify this week’s personage of note.

Whose Shoes Wednesday

Manolo asks, whose shoes?