What the Manolo Is…

Manolo says, it is late on the Tuesday, but here is what the Manolo is…


Listening to…


Long has the Manolo been the student of the history of the oyster in America, and especially of the “sawdust restaurants with oyster-shells” at the end of the 19th century, the idea of which to the Manolo seemed so wonderfully democratic. And so naturally it was with the great eagerness that the Manolo picked up the new book by the Mark Kurlansky. Of the course, what could be more enjoyable than pairing this book with the delights of the M.F.K. Fisher?

Beverly Feldman for the Spring

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Manolo says, the spring it is icoming! Sing cuccu nu, sing cuccu!


The Awards of the Academy

Manolo says, once again it is time for the Manolo’s ritual denunciation of the stars of the Hollywood who have made the spectacle of themselves during the most celebrated day of the cinematic year, the day of the Awards of the Academy!

This year the theme for the clothing it was somber indeed, as the blacks, and the deep blues, and rich burgandies predominated in the auditorium of the Kodak Theater. There were the exceptions, such as the luminous Resses Witherspoon in her most luxurious metallic gown, but in the general it was the evening of darkness.

And, then there were these people whom the Manolo spotted both on the carpet of red and in the parties after the ceremony itself.

For the example when the Manolo saw this picture from the after party…

He could not help but think of this historic tableau…

or perhaps this…

There were others who also deserved the Manolo’s attention.

For the example, Dolly Parton with the new biceps.

The Emperor of Ugly in the Turandot costume

The posture here it says to the Manolo, Get this over with, I have lines to chop.

Oh how the Manolo was wishing for the murder-suicide pact.

Mmmmm, very classy, the salwar kameez with decollete.


Senex Amator…Oscars Edition!

Manolo says, just because you are repulsive does not mean you cannot catch the beautiful girl. It is all the matter of the bait you are using.

The Three Million Dollar Shoes

The Foot of the Bird in the Shoe of the Weitzman

Manolo says, finally the Manolo has the picture of the super fantastic, super exotic shoes made by the Stuart Weitzman and worn by the Kathleen “Bird” York at the Awards of the Academy.

The Manolo he was expecting something spangly and bling-blingy, but in the stead, these they are wonderfully understated and rich, in the best sense of the word, and mosts luxurious indeed.


Manolo says, Ayyyyyy! The Manolo he is at this very minute live-blogging the Oscars!!!!!


Shoes of the Oscars

Every year the Stuart Weitzman prepares the special shoes for the celebration of the Oscars. Last year it was the shoes made from the jewels owned by the Marilyn Monroe.

This year, the Stuart Weitzman will be desinging the spectacular shoes using the gems of the Rita Hayworth which are currently in the collection of the Rita Hayworth’s daughter the Princess Yasmin Aga Khan. These shoes, which will be worth nearly $3 million of the American dollars are to be worn by the Kathleen Bird York.

These shoes above, they are also made by the Stuart Weitzman for the stars to wear at the Oscars. Sadly they do not include the shoes of the gems of the Rita Hayworth, but they do include the pair of the shoes with the M&Ms and the crystals, worth $10,000 of the American dollars.


Liveblogging the Awards of the Academy

Manolo says, beginning on Sunday afternoon the Manolo will be live-blogging the Awards of Academy at the Mondo Hollywood/Pajamas Media website.

He will be joined in this by the redoubtable Roger L. Simon, himself the former Academy Award nominee, the loquacious Jeff Goldstein, the patriotically pink Gay Patriots East and West, and by the surprise special guest or three.

Be certain to tune in to the Pajamas Media site on the Sunday evening, as the Manolo and his internet friends will attempt to bring the measure of levity to the usual Oscar night broadcast of star-studded, self-congratulatory piffle.


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 it is shoes for the ceremonies of spring.

Dear Manolo,

Help me! In May I’m accompanying my boyfriend to the christening of his niece in Denver. This will be the first time I’ll be meeting his very Catholic, very conservative parents.


Manolo says, the Manolo’s friend she is indeed most lucky to be able to visit the beautiful mountains of the Rockies in the springtime. Do not forget to pack the hiking boots so that if things with the family begin to go bad, there is the possibility of the long walk alone through the alpine flowers.

Ha! The Manolo he jokes.

Indeed the Manolo suspects that this family of the boyfriend they are the wonderful peoples, for in the fact, did they not raise the wonderful son? And if he is not the wonderful son, why is the Manolo’s friend going with him to Denver?

And so the Manolo he must now instruct the irreligious on the matter of the attire suitable for the springtime ceremonial events, such as the weddings, and the christenings, and the Easters, and the opening of the season of baseball.

Shoes for the ceremonies of spring should reflect not only the joyousness of the season and the event, but also must maintain the modesty proper to the setting. If the Manolo’s friend does this correctly she cannot but win the hearts of the family of her boyfriend.

Thus the Manolo recommends, the Tinkerbell from the Kate Spade as being suitable for the young woman who wishes to dress both modestly and prettily. The color it is the wonderful first-of-the-spring-robin-egg’s blue.

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Project Runway 2, Finale Part 1

Manolo says, the Manolo he is calling this episode, “Santino Humanized”, in which the joyful, chaotic evilness of the Santino is happily explained away by his having been the ugliest child since Bat Boy!

It all reminded the Manolo of the Dr. Evil’s explanation for his malfeasance in the Austin Powers movie.

The details of my life are quite inconsequential…. very well, where do I begin? My father was a relentlessly self-improving boulangerie owner from Belgium with low grade narcolepsy and a penchant for buggery. My mother was a fifteen-year-old French prostitute named Chloe with webbed feet… etc.

By the end of the episode the Manolo half-expected the Santino to unveil his plans for world domination through the wickety-wack.

Actually, the Manolo must now admit that he has begun to develop the affection for the Santino, who with his wickety-wack, and his greasy, spectral, night-of-the-living-dead features, his lamentable choice of personal dress, and his Lurchish, you-rang voice, would appear to be everything the Manolo would dislike. But indeed this it is not entirely the case, as the Santino, all the evil aside, has the wonderfully mischevious sense of the humor, and is in his own way perhaps sweet. (By which, the Manolo means that he did not attempt, when offered the opportunity, to bite the head off of the small child on his lap.)

As for the rest of the episode. Shrug. Meh. Whatever.

Daniel’s collection leaves Tim unmoved, although the Manolo, like the Professor Ann suspects that this partly is the dramatic editing device, one designed to raise the suspense before the shows of the runway. And the Manolo, he is still convinced that the Daniel V. will be the winner.

Meanwhile, the collection of the Chloe looks like the overstuffed sofa and ottoman set in the living room of the aging Texas debutante. All that is needed is the addition of the extravagant gold tassels.

For the Manolo, however, the best part was the return of Andrae, whom the Manolo now loves above all others, if only because it has become clear that he is the most literate and the most delightful of all of the designers.

And so, on to the final episode!

The Next Carnivale of the Couture

Manolo says, the Counterfeit Chic she has posted the topic for the next Carnivale!

n honor of the Academy Awards, our natural theme is
Film and Fashion
— in all of its technicolor glory. So put on your directors’ chapeaux and cue your thoughts on

This it is the excellent topic!