Manolo the Columnist

Manolo says, here is the Manolo’s latest column for the Express of the Washington Post.

Dear Manolo,

I’ve been invited to Thanksgiving dinner at my new boyfriend’s home in Richmond. The problem is that I’m a New York girl, and from the way he talks it sounds like his family is still waiting for the South to rise again. Please help.


Manolo says, to the Manolo this it sounds like the set up for the dreadful romantic comedy.

You know the sort; the boyfriend’s stern-but-essentially-sweet father is known to all as “Daddy Frank”, and the mother is the sassy-but-wise southern lady enacted by the Sally Fields. Add in the fat boyhood friend named Bubba, the pining old flame Ashley Sue, and the usual assortment of the wacky-but-loveable relatives, played with stereotypical broadness by the well-known character actors, and you have all of the elements of the perfect Matthew McConuaghey/Jennifer Anniston flop.

Happily, life is not so predictable, and the Southerners, like everyone else, are much more complex and interesting than the usual stereotypes allow.

So the Manolo would tell you to relax and be yourself, although, he would also tell you to somewhat moderate the edgy, New York hipster all-black with something more lady-like, perhaps like this playful Mary Jane style wedge from the Cordani, which would look good with either the pants or the skirt.

Sherry by Cordani    Manolo Likes!  Click!


Jimmy Choo Thursday

Black Rhinestone Brooch Slingbacsks from Jimmy Choo   Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, here is something beautiful in anticipation of the holidays.


Oh Goody!

Manolo says, Crumpets!


High Light

High-Lite by Kenneth Cole New York    Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, here to enliven your Wednesday is the pair of the hot booties from the Kenneth Cole New York.

Yes, during the working day you appear to be the uptown girl, living in the white bread world. But, the truth it is more complex, and when your day of drudgery is complete it is onto the 6 and back to your tiny sublet in the East Village, where you will slip into the black ribbed tights and hot booties to meet your friends for drinks and arguments about the Julian Schnabel.

What the Manolo Is…

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


Listening to…


Yesterday evening, depsite himself, the Manolo watched several episodes of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team. Frankly, the Manolo could not tear himself away. It was like the train wreck, terrible and compelling at the same time.

In many respects this show it had the similar dynamic to the great ballet movies of the past: beautiful young womens being tormented and driven hard by bitterish, domineeering, slightly-past-their-prime hags.

But instead of the stern Russian Madame ballet mistress, it is the pair of the hard-faced former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders who run things.

And the final product of all of the effort and the trauma and the tears was not the supreme work of balletic art, but the group of 36 scantily-clad hotties who can shake their badonkadonks to the tune of “Redneck Woman” while thousands of slavering yokels shout encouragement.

Don’t forget the etiquette lessons!

Undoubtedly, this show could provide material for several good dissertations.


Teeny Little Shoes

Manolo says, ayyyy! Chiquitita!


Manolo the Columnist

Manolo says, here is the Manolo’s latest column for the Express of the Washington Post.

Dear Manolo,

I’m a woman of a “certain age” who works in a predominantly male field. After many years, I’ve finally managed to break through the glass ceiling. In fact, I’ve just been told that I’m getting a big, big, BIG promotion in January, one which will require that I spend lots of time in the public eye. I tend to dress very conservatively, mostly in pantsuits and jackets with lots of structure. What would you suggest to jazz things up a bit?

Nancy P.

Manolo says, the mere century ago, only the most utopianist of the writers could have imagined the world in which the women would attain such positions of great power, although usually these writers also imagined the steam-powered robot butlers and the silvery, unisex jumpsuits for everybody.

Sadly we do not yet have the robots, but happily, do not yet have to wear the jumpsuits.

Although this lack of uniform jumpsuiting, it still leaves the powerful woman with the same old dilemma: what to wear.

All the Manolo can say is, thank heavens for the shoes!

Even the dullest outfit of powerful conformity can be enlivened by the beautiful shoes, like the Atelier from the Bettye Muller, which combines the most restrained and classic shape with the luxurious and handsome brocade upper.

Atelier by Bettye Muller   Manolo Likes!  Click!

The Sample Sale Mania

Manolo says, you must go read the most amusing sample sale adventures of the Claire at the Fashion Bomb blog. Be certain to scroll down to read about the sample sale of the Maestro Manolo Blahnik.


Non-Pump, Non-Pointy, Non-Boot, Non-Sneaker Shoe

Manolo says, sometimes the Manolo gets the most detailed questions from his internet friends.

Hello Manolo!

I am 28 years old, and I work at a university in an office where the dress is casual. When I say “casual”, I mean that even my boss and the department chair wear jeans regularly. I love pairing fashionable jackets, shawls, and sweaters with nice jeans or khaki or dress pants, but I’m at a loss for variety in the shoe styles that can be worn. I have a pair of brown croc(not the hated crocs, but faux crocodile)-patterned pointy pumps that I like to wear, and some black ballet flats, and a pair of black loafer-style shoes (that are not ugly!), but I’m on a burnout cycle with these pairs. I have boots in black and tan, but what I want is a non-pump, non-pointy, non-boot shoe that is not a sneaker to wear with jeans and sweaters or jeans and jackets. Very picky description, I know. I’ve been out shoe shopping several times and have seen nothing that fits my criteria that is not also ugly. I had a pair of shoes for four years that I wore until they were no longer wearable that were similar to what I now want – they were black, round-toed, had a leprechaun-like buckle and strap, and a 2-inch slightly chunky square heel. They were perfect, but alas, they have passed on to good shoe heaven. I have a very, very hectic schedule, so I have to think through what shoes to wear each day of the week very carefully. Employee parking is quite far away from the building I work in. Two days a week I work from 8-5, then trek across campus (sometimes in inclement weather) to the library for classes (I’m getting my Masters of Library Science.) Three days a week, I go straight from my 8-5 job to my part time job. On class days, I can’t wear my pointy pumps because there is far too much walking involved, but I don’t want to look unfashionable, either! And, I’m all good with casual, but I can’t stand to wear sneakers to work unless it’s a designated office cleaning or furniture moving day. I probably will not be able to afford a super-expensive shoe, but what I want most are style suggestions. Thank you!

Casual Office Girl

Ayy yi yi! The Manolo’s head it is spinning right round, like the record, baby!

As far as the Manolo can tell his stylish and shoe-obsessed friend is looking for something like these from the Biviel.
464 from Biviel    Manolo Likes!  Click!
Although, the Casual Office Girl might be just exactly the sort of super fantastic girl who would appreciate the Rania from the John Fluevog.
Rania from John Fluevog    Manolo Likes!  Click!
Yes, as with all of the shoes of the Fluevog, it is unusual, and certainly not for all of the tastes, but it is also handsome and distinctive in the way that the Manolo’s friend may appreciate.

Horray for the Red, the White, and the Blue!

Asia by Bruno Magli    Manolo Likes!  Click!
664998 by Marc Jacobs     Manolo Likes!  Click!
Tomei by Cynthia Rowley   Manolo Likes!   Click!

Manolo shouts, Happy Voting Day!!!

Here are some appropriate shoes for the super fantastic girl who will today do her civic duty by voting.

Manolo in the Women’s Wear Daily

Manolo in the Women's Wear Daily!   Click!
Manolo says, the Manolo he forgot to tell you that he was recently mentioned in the Women’s Wear Daily as being one of the top accessories blogs. Also mentioned were the Manolo’s good friends at the Bag Snob, and the Kristopher Dukes, and the Bling Blog.


Manolo the Columnist

Manolo says, here is the Manolo’s latest column for the Express of the Washington Post.

Dear Manolo,

My son, who recently graduated from law school and found a job at a good firm, knows about having high quality dress shoes for the office, but he doesn’t know what sort of shoes would be appropriate for the many casual social events that his new job requires.


Manolo says, look it is the adorable new lawyer leaving the nest! See how he struggles to spread his wings!

Once, so recently, your tattered and smelly Classic Vans skaters were all the shoe you required for the socializing, mostly because you only went to the functions at which your talent for the one-handed keg-stands could be properly appreciated.

But now you are grown up, and you are being invited to the adult parties where the fancy martinis and the scotch on the rocks are being served by the stern senior partners with their steely grey hair and their sinewy second wives.

Ayyyy! You are out of your league, boy! And those Vans, they do not belong here, you are not working for the office of the publics defender!

Thus the Manolo would suggest the traditional tassel loafer from the British mod icon, Ben Sherman.

Yes, they are not the most exciting shoes, and they cannot fully express the joy you feel at being alive. But do not worry, six months of the lawyering will cure you of that.

Albion by Ben Sherman    Manolo Likes!  Click!