Manolo says, the Vogue in the UK, they have the few words about the Manolo the Shoeblogger.
A NEW YORKER who goes by the name Manolo the Shoeblogger has been delighting the fashion pack this year with bitchy snippets about high-profile individuals, calling John Galliano, for instance, a “freaky little fashion troll” and Gerard Depardieu “slovenly and outwardly repulsive”. Rather disappointingly, the cutting remarks haven’t been coming from Manolo Blahnik himself, although the great man doesn’t seem at all bothered by the gossip the cyber blog has generated. “Manolo the Shoeblogger? Sorry, not me. But it’s very funny, isn’t it? Hilarious,” Blahnik told The Times.
The correct quote about the Galliano, it is “funky little fashion troll.”
And as for the Depardieu, the full quote, it is “yes the Depardieu he is slovenly and outwardly repulsive, but at the same time is there not something magnetic?”
The Manolo he tries not to be overly cruel.
UPDATE: Ayyyy! The Manolo’s internet friend, the La Lola, she has pointed out that the Manolo he has indeed, on at least one of the occasions, referred to the Galliano as the “freaky little fashion troll” (although the phrase “funky little fashion troll,” it is far more common). And now the Manolo he must apologize to those whom he has mischaracterized as mischaracterizing him.
Manolo says, for the thousandth time, the Manolo the Shoeblogger, he is not the Maestro Manolo Blahnik. The humble Manolo the Shoeblogger, he is barely worthy to shine the most super fantastic shoes of the Manolo Blahnik.
Look, this confusion it is even mentioned in the opening paragraphs in the fascinating article about the Maestro Manolo Blahnik today in Times of the London.
It’s a good thing that I checked with Lesley, Manolo Blahník’s trusted press secretary and right-hand woman, that Manolo, sorry Mr Blahník (she calls him this), isn’t in fact the same Manolo who described John Galliano in his online blog as a “freaky little fashion troll”, or captioned a picture of Hugh Hefner looking old in a Hawaiian shirt with the words “someone call the coroner”. That Manolo, says Lesley, is an impostor, some guy in New York who is obsessed with shoes and uses the pseudonym “Manolo the Shoeblogger” to launch his bitchy sartorial bombs.
Although Lesley is understandably concerned about this issue, when she broke the news I thought it a bit of a shame. Recently a journalist attributed Manolo the Shoeblogger’s thoughts on Gérard Depardieu (“he is slovenly and outwardly repulsive”) to Manolo the Shoemaker, and I had been looking forward to meeting this rare creature, a straight-talking famous person.
Ayyyy! The Manolo the Shoeblogger he is indeed distressed to think that others may be confusing the Manolo with the Maestro Manolo Blahnik. Yes, both the Manolo and the Manolo Blahnik are named the “Manolo” (which it is the very common Spanish name), and yes both the Manolo and the Manolo Blahnik love the shoes, but there the similarity it mostly ends.
So, to recap, the Manolo the Shoeblogger he is not the Manolo Blahnik.
Update! Here is the best quote in the entire article, from the Maestro Manolo Blahnik himself!
“Manolo the Shoeblogger? Sorry, not me. But it’s very funny, isn’t it? Hilarious!”
Ayyyyyy! Such praise! The Shoeblogger is hyperventilating!
Manolo says, why did someone not tell the Manolo about this sooner!
It is wonderful, and now the Manolo’s internet experience it has just gotten much, much better.
P.S. Many thanks to the Manolo’s Aussie friend the Kiki, for sending him the link to this fascinating article about the magnificent Hasselhoff in the Australia…with the picture!