Manolo asked, whose shoes?
Manolo answers, The Goldie Hawn!
Congratulations to the Manolo’s internet friend the Liz who was the first to solve this very difficult Whose Shoes!
Manolo says, here are the few links which may perhaps amuse…
Manolo says, many, many of the Manolos’ internet friends have sent him the questions about the shoes for the graduations. Here is the first in what will be the short series.
I will be graduating from college in May. My class will be wearing traditional black caps and gowns. I was planning to wear teal sandals–as the only part of my outfit that I get to choose, I wanted my shoes to be colorful–but a friend has recently informed me that I am “supposed to wear black sandals at Commencement.” This is not an official rule of our school, nor have I ever heard it anywhere else. A Google search reveals nothing. So, I must ask you, wise Manolo: Have you ever heard of this? Is this one of those no-white-after-Labor-Day rules that can be ignored, or should I wear a more dignified color?
P.S. I’ve included pictures of them.
The Manolo does not know what sort of dreary all-black graduation your friend would like to attend, but the Manolo has never heard of this arbitrary rule. Indeed, the Manolo has seen many super fantastic young graduates in appropriatly colorful and festive shoes.
These teal colored sandals are pretty, and they would also certainly enliven your feets and mood on this most happy of occasions. (Although the Manolo must worry, as he always does, about the quality of the shoes, even as he accounts for the fact that the poor college girl is by no means the rich girl.)
So, the Manolo’s final reply is wear these shoes with pride, and congratulations!
Manolo says, there is something unmistakeably chic and modern about this shoe, the Lolita from the Tracey Reese, and yet, even as one may clearly see the modern line in the conic heel, there is also the pleasant old-fashioned solidity to the material and the stitching.
Thus, this shoe has the contradictory, counter-balancing of elements that makes it, to the Manolo’s mind, the great success, and something that would be very fun to wear.
Manolo says, it is Tuesday, time to see what the Manolo is…
The Manolo has been reading the magnficient Tim Gunn’s new book, Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style, which he has found to be the delightfully odd little book.
The Manolo uses the word “odd” in describing this work because it is not the typically dreary fashion advice book, in which the fashion “does” and the “do nots” are recounted in excrutiating incorrect detail, accompanied by the photos of models of unattainable beauty wearing impossibly stylish clothes, or worse, by the photos of the uncomfortable-looking “ordinary” peoples in ill-fitting clothes.
The work is also odd, in that it does not play to the lowest common denominator, and in the fact the Tim Gunn’s erudition is allowed to shine.
Query: When was the last time you read the fashion advice book in which the Søren Kierkegaard was cited as the authority? Or in which the words “syllogism” and “semiotics” were used correctly?
Answer: None, at least since the publication of the Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Remarks on Colour.
Of the course, the Manolo does have the few criticisms. Chief among them is the scant amount of space devoted to the shoes, the most important part of any outfit.
The usually masterful Tim give less then the single full page of his book over to the shoe-based advice! This is even less space than that devoted to the discussion about the pashminas!
Worse, here is the entirety of the Tim Gunn’s recommended shoe collection, from page 158.
Regardless of taste and budget, every closet should have the following:
1. Two pairs of boots–one dressy, one casual.
2. Flats that can go to the office, but with jeans as well.
3. One pair of daring, dress-anything-up evening shoe.
What is this?
This is not the real list of necessary shoes.
This is not even the minimum number of shoes the super fantastic girl should consider packing for the weekend in the country.
Despite this serious deficiency the Manolo can still recommend that you read this book, as it is smart, witty, and filled with usable advice on matters other than the shoes.