The Favorite Posts of the Manolo

Manolo says, many of the Manolo’s internet friends they have asked the Manolo

Manolo, what are your favorite postings at the Manolo’s Shoe Blog?

For the Manolo this question it is like asking the mother to pick the favorite child.

You cannot do this because you do not wish to hurt the feelings of the one who is always having the tantrums by the candy display in the checkout aisle, and so you say you love them all equally.

So the Manolo he cannot give you the single posting. However, he will give you the few of the postings that he believes best captures his wit with the pictures of the celebrities.

My Name is Tommy and I Have a Torch

The Apotheosis

The Choice of the Peoples, Part 2 and the companion piece The Illuminating Lorenzo Lamas

The Many Faces of Galliano

Too Much Bronzer

Say Mister


Down to Earth

Suetonius on Nero and the second part American Nero

These they just the sample of what the Manolo thinks are funny. Of the course, there are many more under the category of Celebrity.

Launch Party!

Manolo says, at 10 o’clock on the time of the East Coast the Manolo he will be participating (occluded, via the computer) in the discussion panel with the other blogging and fashion notables, as part of the launch party of the new media company, the OSM.

You may go to this site here to obtain the live audio stream so as to listen in on the discussion. Sadly, the voice you will hear speaking the words of the Manolo will not be that of the Manolo.

Fashion Blogging and the New Media

Manolo says, it is not the secret that the Manolo has recently joined up with the Pajamas Media (who will by the time you are reading this be called the OSM). This it is the new media venture designed to join the bloggers together with the old media peoples under the single roof.

It is also not the secret that the Manolo has been asked to moderate (via the computer from the comfort of the Manolo cave) the discussion session at today’s launch party of this new company. This session it will be entitled “Are Blogs the New Black”, described as “the lighthearted look at the fashion industry’s mingling of pop culture, passion and power.”

This description it is not correct. The fashion industry it has little control, except as subject matter, over the actions of the fashion bloggers.

In the stead, the Manolo would describe this session as “Let The Hundred Flowers Blog: the Democratization of the Fashion and the Fashion Reportage.”

As the long time internet friends of the Manolo know, the Manolo is convinced that one of the great trends of this the new century it will be the democratization of the fashion, just as one of the promises of the blogging revolution it is the democratization of the news and the commentary.

What does the Manolo mean by the democratization of the fashion?

The Manolo believes that as more peoples are becoming better educated, they are demanding the beauty and the good design in their own lives, and that the best fashion will appeal not just to the cognoscenti, but to the wider world.

Thus the search for the suitable, flattering, and appealing individual style, it has become the true quest, the true desire of millions.

There are the dozens of the things both small and great that the Manolo can point to to support his thesis.

For the example, within the last twenty-five years the names of the most famous fashion houses, Prada, Gucci, Chanel, have become the household words, and their fashions have trickled down so that they are coveted by millions, including the American rap stars and the British chavs, alike.

Likewise, the desire for good design and fashion is revealed by the current great success of the department store chain the H & M in selling the designs of the Stella McCartney at the affordable prices, just as last season it had (to the chagrin of the Manolo) the great success in selling the designs of the Lagerfeld.

Or if you wish to see the same principle at the work in the matter of the housewares look at this, The George Foreman/Michael Graves Grilling Machine.

We now wish our clothes, our things, even our grilling machines to be stylish in the way that we hope reflects our indivuality.

At the same of the time, the medias they have become more democratic, and the new media tools, especially the blog, they have given ordinary peoples– shoe lovers, teenaged girls, dandies, stylish college professors, and anyone who has the computer– the tools to talk about the style and the fashion to the wider audience, to become the fashion and style critics.

Many of these new critics are not only passionate about the fashion, but they are also wonderfully knowledgeable and entertaining writers. And, as the consequence, they are gaining the audience for their writings on the internet, joining their voices to the voices of those who have been annointed fashion critics by the newspapers and the fashion magazines.

Once, we had to wait for the Vogue, or the New York Times to read what the high and the mighty thought about the latest runway show. Now, on the day of the show, we can turn to the La Coquette in the Paris, or the Spirit Fingers in the Hong Kong, or the Cool Chiq in the Scandinavia, or the I Am Fashion girls in the New York and the London for the informed and entertaining commentary.

This it is nothing short of miraculous, and it is why the Manolo is excited about the future, about the possibilities of discovering the new talent, the new views, the new ways of looking at fashion and style. It is also why the Manolo he is the greatest supporter of the fashion blogging, because he belives that this process of democratization it cannot but result in good things.

The Age of the Super Fantastic it approaches!


The Celebrity Shoe Auction

Manolo says, the Manolo’s internet friend the Miss Meghan she is hosting the celebrity shoe auction to benefit the hungry peoples of the New York.

The auction it will feature the shoes of the designers and the famosos. And so you will be able to bid from the comfort of your computer on the shoes of the Reese Witherspoon, the Ivan Trump, the Star Jones, and the Carson Kressley, and the luxurious shoes from the Jimmy Choo, the Claudia Ciuti, the Sergio Rossi, and Manolo’s friends at the Due Farina, among many others.

The cause it is the good one, and there are beautiful shoes!


Pope Jon XIV

Manolo says, something tells the Manolo that this it will not end well for the Angelina Jolie.

What the Manolo Is…

Manolo says, it is the Tuesday, and you know what that it means, time to see what the Manolo is…



Going to Have to Read When It Comes Out but Will Probably Not Enjoy…

Listening to…

Manolo says, yes the Manolo he loves the Clampetts. Their antics they have always made the Manolo laugh.

The Manolo he knows that the elaborate critique of the disposable pop culture it is somewhat ridiculous, however he cannot help himself, this one he found at the Amazon site it is worth the reading.

Watching this DVD collection, I came to realize just how fundamentally good and smart that show was. It was brilliant in its conception and execution. Jed Clampett is the show’s moral compass; he is a New Testament figure in his fundamental good-will toward all, trusting, forgiving, and absolutely lacking in any sort of irony or sarcasm. Granny is the ultimate Old Testament fiesty matriarch, whose superstitious beliefs are based on mistrust, fear, and retribution. Ellie May is the Wood Nymph, who most closely resembles Jed in attitude (by way of her heart, more than the moral thinking of Jed). Lastly, Jethro is the the Modern Man, who is driven by ambition, with few thoughts of consequence, who sides with Granny in schemes, tempered by his naive/shallow beliefs in Good Results. As a foursome, they confound the world that confounds them.

Mr. Drysdale and Miss Hatheway provide bookends to the Clampett clan, in the roles of Id and Super Ego, each attempting to direct and/or prevent the family’s actions at cross-purposes to the other.

Everything about the show is brilliant, sweet, and silly, with a massive moral lesson hidden in the guise of a goofball comedy.

This it is ridiculous, but also nonetheless perfectly correct in its essence.

And thus we should seek to emulate the Jed in his kindness and generosity, in his open and trusting nature, and in his simple but deep and tolerant love for the eccentric members of his family and for his fellow humans.

Boots for the Monday

Espace - Auclair (Brown Froisse)    Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, the Manolo he has been looking at the boots, and this one from the Espace (which they are from the Robert Clergerie) it appeals to the Manolo with the unusual mary-janesque details and the rich handsome leather.


Cartoon Raccoons

Manolo says, the Chelsea Clinton, she has gone all Rachel Zoe!

Backed into the corner, the sisters Olsen respond with …Super Mecha Rachel Zoe!

Manolo says, the Rachel Zoe look, it is now officially over.

The Debutaunt

Manolo says, one of the Manolo’s internet friends, the Debutaunt, she needs the help.

Dear Manolo The Superfabulous Shoeblogger,

Here is a funny but sad blog that would be fabu to check

Deb is a HUGE fan of yours and has had you listed in her favo blogs for a while. Anyhow, a couple of weeks ago she learned she has leukemia. So, since her blog is her life, she is blogging about her leukemia.

Right now, whilst fighting the cancer, she is trying to stay in good humor about the fashion. She is picturing her chemo as Uma Thurman in the yellow track suit fighting the 99s. She has pix of her fabulous sock monkey PJs, and is currently discussing the best way to go around with no hair on the head. She feels like a pirate with scarves so right now is just sporting the ball cap with nice earrings.

Anyhow, I am writing you because I bet a quick comment in her blog from Manolo the Shoeblogger would completely make her day. If you would like to extry help, a link to her blog might be nice because she is trying to raise money just to live. She is going through chemo and because of a abnormal chromosome, is likely going to need a bone marrow transplant. It is too sad because she has a 5 year old who she can’t really see much while she is being treated (the germs), but she is fighting like crazy because of her.

She likes focusing on the fashion parts of her illness because it is better than thinking of the reality of it, and you have to laugh some or else you will cry all the time.

Here is the link to her fund raising plea:

It is no fun being a single mom with no current income and a very bad illness, but as she says, at least she wasn’t killed by a bus immediately, at least she has a fighting chance.


Steph, Deb’s sister

It is the least we can do to send the positive thoughts and the prayers towards the Deb so that she may be returned to the good health.

Also, the Manolo he would point out that the bald womens they can indeed be most super fantastic!

So, although the hats and the scarves, they are nice, there is no reason to not proudly sport the chrome dome. Let the others think what they will, you have the more important things about which to worry, such as what shoes to wear to the hospital so as to impress the doctors with your determination to prevail.

Irregular Choice

Manolo says, the Manolo’s internet friend the Spirit Fingers she is threatening the legal action against the makers of the Irregular Choice shoes.

Of the course, the Manolo, he could be called as the expert witness, as he spoke of the Irregular Choice shoes nearly the year ago. The final judgement of the Manolo? “Far too Hello Kitty.”

Franco Sarto Suede for the Poor Girls

Manolo says, as is usual, many of the Manolo’s internet friends have recently begged the Manolo, “Manolo, please, please, please help us, we are the poor girls who cannot afford the most beautiful, but also most expensive super fantastic shoes.”

To this the Manolo he always offers the same reply. If you are the working girl you must budget your moneys, and save, as nothing in the world can compare to the truly wonderful shoes.

Yet, at the same of the time, the Manolo he sympathizes with his impoverished internet friends, because the winter it is almost here, and you can no longer go barefeeted in the park, to say nothing of the place of the employments.

Of the course, the Manolo he also sympathizes because he knows what it is like to be poor, so poor that you must fashion your own super fantastic huaraches out of the coffee cans you have laboriously flattened and shaped with the brick, and tied to your feet with the electrical cords.

And so the Manolo, he has picked out the few of the suede shoes from the Franco Sarto for his frugal friends to wear while they save the moneys.

Franco Sarto Jersey     Manolo Likes!  Click!

The Manolo he thinks this shoe it is marvelously stylish. Yes, the quality it is undoubtedly not perfect, but the shoe, it looks very sabroso, does it not?

Franco Sarto Fir    Manolo Likes!  Click!

Here is the suede boot with the wedge heel that is both urban and urbane, and also very attractive.

Franco Sarto Cherub     Manolo Likes!  Click!
This round-toed, slingback pump, it is pretty and feminine. It is also selling for under $75 of the American dollars!

Increasingly The Manolo he is impressed by many of the designs of the Franco Sarto. They are very good. If only they could be produced in the Italy, instead of the Brazil.


Mixed Message

Manolo says, apparently Heaven, it is not the place of subtlety.