Project Runway, Season 3!!!

Manolo says, Ayyyyyyyy! The designers for the next season of the Project Runway, they have been announced, and the Manolo’s good friends at the Blogging the Project Runway, they have the links to the various webpages of the designers.

The start of the show it is only the mere weeks away, and the Manolo he is almost breathless with anticipation.

What the Manolo Is…

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




Just because the book it is the children’s book does not mean it should only be read by the childrens.

Manolo 90210

Manolo says, once again the Posse Manolo has been on the polite and well-heeled rampage through the mean-girl streets of the Beverly Hills.

And as always, there is much to see on the Robertson Boulevard, such as the angry and importuning papparazzi swarms, the re-engineered faces of the ladies who lunch, and the occasional glimpse of the celebrity of no consequence.

Such things, although remarkably entertaining, are the not the point of the trip to the 90210.

In the stead, it is the shoes!

And here are two of the Manolo’s favorites purchased by the members of the Posse during the day spent on the prowl.

First the beutiful, gold sandals from the Miu Miu

Miu Miu Womens Shoes Spring - Summer 2006   Manolo Likes!  Click!

And then the simple, t-strap sandal in the antique bronze from the Donald J. Pliner.
Viana by Donald Pliner    Manolo Likes!  Click!
Both of these they have the understated panache that the Manolo finds appealing in those women who do not need to obsessively seek out the attention of the press.

As for the luncheon while shopping, the Manolo politely suggests this place, the Michelia Nouvelle, as being the relaxed and tasty alternative to the power-based snobbery of the Ivy.


Garbage for the Feets!

Manolo says, here you see the craft project that has gone horribly, terribly awry: the plastic grocery bags crocheted into the pair of the sandals.

Yes, it is not the secret that the Manolo has many times in the past been so poor that he has had to fashion his own super fantastic shoes out of the recycled and repurposed objects. And so he could perhaps be considered the expert in such matters, which it is why he is qualified to say that these shoes they are frightening.

These they are the sort of thing that would be worn the ranting homeless lady who lives in the culvert behind the Ralph’s Super Saver. You know, the one who wears the dirty grey poncho and shouts at you as you leave your car, “Whore of Babylon! You’ll burn in the sulphurous pits of Hell!”

That one.

This is the sort of person who would put such things upon her feets.

Do not be this person, do not wear such things upon your feets.

P.S. Many thanks to the Pamela for alerting the Manolo to this horror.

The Carnivale of the Couture #21

Manolo says, finally, the super fantastic Sewing Divas they have posted the latest Carnivale of the Couture, and it is the marvelous exploration of the “ritual cloth“.


Happy Bloomsday!

Manolo reads,

Her shoes were the newest thing in footwear (Edy Boardman prided herself that she was very petite but she never had a foot like Gerty MacDowell, a five, and never would ash, oak or elm) with patent toecaps and just one smart buckle at her higharched instep.


Manolo the Columnist

Manolo says, now available for the downloading at the website of the Express of the Washington Post is the latest column of the Manolo.

Today, the Manolo discusses footwears for the professor who would be stylish.

Dear Manolo,

My husband is an literature professor at a small liberal arts college who insists on wearing the typical professorial uniform, you know, the tweed jacket, the oxford shirt, the khakis, and the dullest brown rubber-soled shoes known to man. What would you suggest?


Manolo says, to the Lynn, please whatever happens, do not allow your husband professor to become the scrawny, old-before-his-time elderly man with the faded elbow patches and the grey beard, given to the dour ruminations and and the excessive chin strokings.

The Manolo asks, ubi sunt?

Where are the dapper professors of our youth?

What has happened to those engaging teachers in their elegant clothes and handsome shoes, who could inspire our provincial young peoples with their joyful and obvious conniseurship, their joie de vivre?

If the Manolo were the professor– Professor of the Super Fantastic!—he would perhaps choose as his model of style the architects, who dress in the manner that expresses the creativity and yet remains professional, so as to not frighten the natives in the building and business trades.

This style it is elegant and streamlined, however it allows for the knit ties and the unusual eye-wear, and of the course, the attractive leather shoes.

And so the Manolo he would recommend the Fairfax by the Allen-Edmonds as being the stylish shoe suitable for the professor who would be the envy of the faculty senate.

Fairfax by Allen-Edmonds     Manolo Likes!  Click!



Manolo says, Ayyyyyyyy! The Christopher Walken he has come to collect our souls!


The Next Carnivale of the Couture

Manolo says, the next Carnivale of the Couture it will be about at the About Shoes, and the title, it is near and dear to the heart of the Manolo.

While it’s easy to get caught up in the latest trends and the newest offerings from the hottest designers, there are times when even the most devout fashionista will opt for function over fashion.

So … it’s not a big night out, there’s nary a potential partner in sight, and there is no office dress code. Which shoes do you reach for when you’re only dressing to impress yourself?

For the Manolo of the informal lounging there is no comparison to the original Rod Lavers from the Adidas, but they must be in the leather and not the nylon mesh.

As for the jaunty man about the town shoes, the Manolo has recently purchased these pair of the Ballys, which he has been wearing frequently.

Breda by Bally    Manolo Likes!  Click!

Simple, handsome, relaxed, they fit the criteria of what the Manolo considers shoes worthy of the wearing, even when no one is around.


Clown Shoes

E351  by Etro   Manolo Finds Ridiculous!

Manolo says, these they may perhaps be appropriate if you were to be cast as the “2nd Travelling Salesman” in the community theatre version of The Music Man