State of the Fashion Union

Manolo says, the Fashion Tribes they have another of the State of the Fashion Union round ups over at their most entertaining blog.

One of the favorites from this round up, it is the Fashion Divas exhortation to Look Like the Grown Up!

Probably one of the worst ideas to ever evolve in the workplace was “casual Friday,” which has insidiously snaked itself into “casual everyday,” and it does not improve the work or the image of working women. There was a time, before all this “revolution” in the workplace, when everyone who worked dressed up. Once upon a time, when being a secretary was considered respectable, secretaries dressed smartly and had an air of importance (remember Della Street?). Then somewhere along the line, the position morphed into “just a secretary” and now some ladies feel that wearing “just about anything” is acceptable. A lot of “dressing for the workplace” articles focus on the “professional woman.” Divas, if you are gainfully employed in a company, you are a professional. Dress like one.

The Manolo he could not have said it better himself.


Project Runway 2, Week 8

Manolo says, goodnight sweet princess Andrae. By the end, the Manolo he had grown to like you for your inherent sweetness, and although you fully deserved to lose (Astroturf!), the Manolo he cannot but respect your ability as the designer.

Elsewhere in this episode…

The Santino is slowly redeeming himself with his perfect and hilarious Timpression, but not his designs. And yes, the Santino he is still chastened.

The Kara’s skirt, with sad looking grass, was not pretty, but the top it was very good. And yes, the Kara she is still annoying.

The Chloe she is the smart one. She knows exactly how to make something work. Once again, her work it is boringly good.

Likewise, what is there not to love about the Daniel V.? He again proves why he should be the winner of the whole contest

The Nick, he is slowly self-destructing before our eyes. His outfit it was not “vulgar” just, meh. Sadly, he has lost the confidence in his considerable abilities and now appears on the edge of the breakdown.

By the way, the Michael Kors, with the “Nick is vulgar” comment, he reminds us why he is this generation’s Bill Blass.

And, finally, the Heidi Klum she shows us with her wonderful sense of the humor, why the Seal is perhaps the luckiest man in the universe, this even though she was wearing the ugliest maternity outfit not made of the burlap the Manolo has ever seen. It looked like someone had taken the white sweat shirt, turned it upside down and sewed in the neck hole.


Scenes from History

Manolo says, sometimes the pictures they just speak for themselves.


The Fashion Police

Manolo says, undoubtedly, the world it would be the much more super fantastic place if the Manolo actually did have the police powers.

The first law to be strenuously enforced? One must dress appropriately for the occasion.

Under no conceivable circumstance should one wear the slogan-bearing t-shirt to the Statement of the Union Speech. And, if you are silly enough to do this, you deserve to be led out in shame to the Capitol Rotunda where the gay-but-fashion-challenged Fab Five they will publicly make you over into the ridiculous metrosexual. This they should do even if you are the woman.

Trust the Manolo, wearing the political t-shirt to the formal ceremonial event, it does nothing for your cause. Indeed, the trivality of such attire, it perhaps even undermines the seriousness of your position.

P.S. By the way, the Manolo he has already addressed the issue of what is the appropriate feetwear to wear to the ceremonial events.