One Blog You Should Be Reading

Manolo says, if you are not reading Linda Grant’s marvelous new blog, The Thoughtful Dresser you are missing out on important and hilarious discussions such as this one.

A few years ago, I was having lunch at Moro in Clerkenwell Market with the then women’s page editor of the Guardian. Sitting at the next table were a group of adoring acolytes hanging on the every word of a flat bloke with a blonde bristly head like a pig, dressed in combats encasing thighs which oozed like over-ripe Camembert sluggishly running off the edge of his chair.

That, said my lunch companion, is Alexander McQueen.
Alber Elbez
And a spasm of pure rage passed through me. Who was this fat bastard to tell women that they were obese if they couldn’t fit into a size 10? To make clothes that half the population couldn’t wear? I am tired of fat men telling non-skeletal women that they don’t exist. Granted, McQueen, like Lagerfeld, with the assistance of the finest trainers money can buy and no obligation to prepare family meals three times a day, have slimmed down, or in the case of Lagerfeld, turned himself into his own corpse, but fashion is full of fat men (sorry Alber, I really love you in every other way) giving normal-sized women an inferiority complex.

This made the Manolo laugh out loud.

Although, at the same time, the Manolo is sympathetic to the fashion designers, for as he has noted in the past, many fashion designers are quite unattractive, and thus they are obsessed with the most conventional notions of beauty and proportion, even as they are filled with self-loathing for their own appearance.

It is difficult to desire physical beauty so intensely and yet have it denied to you, as the Manolo, from his own personal circumstances, can tell you.


Manolo the Columnist

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

Dear Manolo,

I recently moved to Arizona from a much colder state, and took a job in a corporate setting after twenty years in academia. Can you suggest a pair of shoes to wear with my casual Friday boot-cut jeans? I am a woman of a certain age, but I would like to maintain a hint of bohemianism without appearing to be a crazy old lady.


Manolo says, there are so many things going on in this letter the Manolo does not even know where to start: the move from the cold of the north to the warmth of the south; the change from the mock-free-spiritedness of the academy to the more regimented setting of corporate employment; the desire to maintain one’s bohemianosity in the face of creeping bag-ladyism; the boot-cut jeans.

Actually, there is already the suitable model for Southwestern artistic bohemianism, involving prairie denim skirts, and excessive amounts of turquoise geegawery, and while the Manolo’s friend might not wish to head too far down this road, the few nods to tradition cannot hurt.

This is why the Manolo would recommend the Muchas Hojas Mule from Old Gringo. It is handsomely Southwestern without crossing the line into being costumey.

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