The Pride and The Prejudice Mini-Contest

Manolo says, ayyyyyy! The charming and funny Never teh Bride who runs the Manolo’s humble Bride Blog, she is running the small contest in which she is asking for the crazy stories about the weddings, and to the craziest/funniest/oddest stories she will be giving away the grab bag of the items from the soon-to-be-released new DVD of the Pride and Prejudice movie.

Such as this, the track of the sound.

Pride & Prejudice

Go tell the Never teh Bride your tale of wedding horror!


Manolo the Profiled

Manolo says, the Manolo he has been profiled by the Professor Norm! Here is the sample.

Can you name a major moral, political or intellectual issue on which you’ve ever changed your mind? >

Previously, the Manolo, as the man of tradition, he was opposed to the wearing of the white shoes after the Labor Day. But now, he has decided that this tradition it is outmoded and not suited to the present. In the stead, the best rule it is, if the shoe looks good, the shoe it must be worn.

What philosophical thesis do you think it most important to disseminate? >

Everyone has the right to be super fantastic!

What philosophical thesis do you think it most important to combat? >

That beauty is the subjective, artificial construct. Indeed, it is not. Beauty and the appreciation of beauty they are part of the very essence of the human soul, and are indeed eternal verities.

Go read the whole profile.

The Next Carnivale of the Couture

Manolo says, the Carnivale of the Couture for the next week, it will be at the blog of the very witty Verbal Croquis. Here is the topic to be:

You are throwing a little dinner party in your apartment featuring fashion glitterati, past or present, dead or alive. You are only allowed to invite 5 people, so be careful in your selections. Feel free to include designers, style icons, journalists, models, moguls, intellectuals, you name it. Make your invite list, please share your reasons why you invited each person. Remember, every good hostess takes into consideration how their guests will mingle, so tell us about that too. For brownie points, tell us what they’re wearing, what you’ll wear and what you’ll serve, etc.

This it is the most amusing premise.

The schedule for the two weeks following this it is:

Week of Monday, March 6th – Counterfeit Chic
Week of Monday, March 13th – The Bag Snob

If you are the fashion blogger who would like to host the Carnivale and have not yet done so, please send the Manolo the email so that he may add your name to the list.

Manolo the Columnist

Manolo says, the Manolo’s most recent column for the Express of the Washington Post it is now available for the downloading. Today, it is the topic of crazy daredevils who will attempt to buy the wife the shoes.

Dear Manolo,

My wife and I will soon be celebrating our third wedding anniversary, a.k.a. the leather anniversary. Can you recommend super fantastic shoes I can buy for her?


Manolo says, the Manolo he has two reactions to his friend’s desire to buy his wife the perfect shoes.

Firstly, truly this is the young man deeply in love!

Secondly, Ayyyyyyy! Buying the perfect shoes for the wife? Abandon hope all ye who enter here! This way madness and disappointment lie!

Selecting the perfect shoes to be given as the gift is perhaps the most difficult task the Manolo can imagine.

Not only must the shoe be beautiful and luxurious, but the giver of the gift shoe must have the acute knowledge of the shape of the recipient’s foot and the sense of her personal style.

This it is why it is, in the opinion of the Manolo, it is better to pick out the fine leather handbag, perhaps from the Kate Spade or the Prada.

However, if the friend of the Manolo persists in the mad venture, the Manolo would suggest giving the shoes together with the reservation to the fanciest restaurant in the town, so that the potential crushing disappointment will be cushioned by the nice meal, and perhaps two or three bottles of the expensive wine.

Thus, with this in the mind, the Manolo suggests that the Iliad from the Michael Kors has the classic yet senusous line that few women could resist.

The final piece of advice, it is to buy the shoes at the place with the liberal policy of returns.

The Iliad by Michael Kors     Manolo Likes!  Click!

The Latest Model

Manolo says, quick Robin! To the Manolo Mobile!

P.S. More pictures of the Manolo Mobile, Mark 2, here, here, and here in action. (Scroll down.)

P.P.S. The Manolo Mobile, Mark 1.

The Debutaunt Update

Manolo says, in the November, the Manolo posted the news that his internet friend the Debutaunt had been afflicted with the grave illness.

Here is the update from the sister of Debbie.

Dear Manolo,

Just wanted to let you know an update on my sister at She is going to be getting her blood stem cell transplant on Monday. Right now, the Debu is already admitted to the hospital to get the preparatory treatment—radiation and chemo. The blood stem cell transplant is not an easy process to go through but it gives the best hope to thousands of people, including my sister.

Though going through a transplant is not terribly fun, we learned something that we didn’t know previously—that the donation process is pretty easy. People think of donating blood stem cells as being very painful, and the old way of doing it was certainly not comfortable. But the new technology does not involve an operation into the bone marrow, rather, they just take extra stem cells out of the donors’ blood—kind of like giving platelets.

My sister was fortunate that she had a match in my brother. But there are thousands of people who are not that lucky and rely on the National Marrow Donor Program to find a match. Here is information on how to join it: .

Anyhow, with the transplant, the Debu is going to be in the hospital for 20-40 more days and is already bored as heck. As her hospital fashion statement, she rejects hospital gowns as being too immodest and ugly, and favors Nick and Nora pajamas (Target now carries them—they are the most genius company). She has the internets in her hospital room, and it has been a lifesaver to be able to visit her internet friends. So if you would like to visit, I am sure she would adore it.

Buona giornata!

Once again the Manolo implores his many readers to send the prayers and the positive thoughts toward the Debutaunt so that she may be restored to the health.


Project Runway 2, The Reunion Show

Manolo says, so boring, so very, very boring.

Indeed, throughout the episode the Manolo kept devising the ways to make the episode more interesting, ways that usually invloved handcuffing the randomly selected designer to the Santino, giving them both the long knives and seeing who emerged the “winner”.

Zulema and Santino…Fight!

Sadly, such hijinx they were not on the menu. In the stead, we the loyal viewers were treated to the blandest of outtakes, and the most self-justifying of blather. Yes, there were the bizarre, uncomfortable moments, such as the goofy Lupe’s drunken ramble, and the Daniel Franco’s creepy crazy-eyed protestation of love to the Heidi, but there was little of the entertainment in that.

The Manolo he did have one other idea for the perfect show of the reality television…Santino and Andrae, The Real Life Odd Couple!

Santino is so delightfully, abrasively self-absorbed (and actually quite funny) and Andrae is perhaps the sweetest, kindest human who has ever walked the earth. Put this pair in the media-bubble safe house in Los Angeles and let the world beat the path to their door!

This week on The Santino and Andrae Show, old pal Tim Gunn pays the visit. Watch the sparks fly!



Manolo says, many years ago, when the Manolo was the poor boy, he constructed something similar, but vastly more super fantastic, out of the strips of the old leather and the industrial debris he had found at the abandoned furniture factory.

Of the course, the main difference was that the Manolo’s shoe fit properly.


Shopping with the Jay

Manolo says, for the fans of the first season of the Project Runway, here is the link to most entertaining interview with the Jay. It is filled with the sort of amusing and outrageous common sense that has made the Jay one of the Manolo’s favorites.

What he could talk about was the aesthetic of his upcoming collection, which he describes in “Project Jay” as being “accessible, wearable, affordable.”

“The intention is just to be easy,” he explained as we entered Lush, which was laid out like a deli, with produce-style bins and shelves of, yes, luscious-smelling bath, beauty and grooming products. “Not easy as in boring or simple, but I like to base everything off jeans and t-shirts. It’s America, after all. Even Charlize Theron and Madonna wear t-shirts and track suits. We concentrate so much in fashion on, like, Zac Posen’s satin-piped bodices and Art Deco bs, and it’s expensive, overrated and probably made like crap. And there is such a push to use fine, expensive fabrics and make $2400 shirts. That’s rent for people, or a college fund! It’s clothes at the end of the day. It’s not a cancer drug, it’s not an AIDS cure. I’d rather sell four hundred million t-shirts at $24.99 apiece and build the house that way then sell eight gowns to some bs artist’s dumb wife.”

And then this section, it contained the favorite part of the Manolo.

“Peggy Moffit, man,” he enthused of his muse. “She’s like [intoned in robot voice] ‘I’m a weird sculpture. I’m mannequin woman.’ That time period was so amazing. You know, Paris Hilton is a joke to me. Lindsay Lohan is supposedly the new face of Chanel. It’s like, ‘Who is the hot new thing?’ That’s why fashion is so fickle. I just stay out of it and do what I want to do.”

In this passage, the Jay shows the great advantage of coming from the hinterland: you are to some of the extent constitutionally and emotionally insulated from the frenetic nonsense of the media metropoli.

The Manolo, he would now remind you that all three of the finalists of the current season, they are not from the New York or the Los Angeles. The Daniel V. he is from Michigan, Chloe is from the Houston, Texas, and the Santino is originally from the Missouri.


Boots for the Big Calves

Manolo says, the Manolo he cannot tell you how many times he receives the emails such as the following from his internet friends.

Dear Manolo,

I have a strange problem that has plagued me for years. I have extremely large calves. Not a normal problem, except when I want to buy some knee-high boots!! It’s impossible. I have tried everywhere, I have tried J.Crew which offers wider calf sizes, I have dried elastic insets, I have tried it all and still have no knee-boots. Last time I measured, they were 15-16 inches around (my calves that is!)! No joke. (No risk of cankles here, my ankles are the opposite and are tiny!). Is there any maker you know of, offering boots for larger calves? Should I get custom made boots? Where do you even go to get custom boots? Please help me, I am begging you!

Soulfully searching for boots,

This problem it is sadly one that usually did not have the satisfactory solution. Typically, the boots for the girls of the big calves, they are inferior in the quality and style, and the Manolo he will not recommend such things to his friends.

However, now there appears to be at least one of the better designers of the shoes who is addressing this problem. Behold, the Lumiani 69 Extra Calf!

Lumiani 69 Extra Calf      Manolo Likes!  Click!
This boot it is made in Italy, and is of the better quality, and the style it is not bad. However, for the Manolo’s friend, the best feature is that it has the circumference around the calf of 18 inches! This it should fit even the most athletic of the legs.


Scenes from the Dystopian Future

Manolo says, Honey, I’m off to the ice cream social!

Don’t forget to trim around the sidewalk before you go, Pixie-Goth Lawn Boy.

What the Manolo is…

Manolo says, it is the Tuesday, time to see what the Manolo is…




Listenting to…

The Manolo he wanted to like the Stage Beauty much more than he ultimately did. The period detail it was amusing and properly bawdy, and yet there was something essentially and emotionally incorrect in the relationship between the Kynaston and the Maria, and do not get the Manolo started on the acting of the Clare Danes in this movie.

Happily, the Manolo very much enjoyed the Rupert Everett’s delightful Charles II and the Nell Gwynn she was wonderful. In the fact, there is the great and amusing movie yet to be made about the Charles and the Nell. Perhaps the Manolo shall write it.