NOV
2007
29

Holiday Shoes, 2007

Christian Lacroix Sandals    Manolo Likes! Click!Christian Lacroix Sandals    Manolo Likes! Click!

Manolo says, here is something from Christian Lacroix to enliven the dullest of holiday parties.

NOV
2007
29

The Basement of the Bargains

Manolo says, the Manolo reminds you that his internet friend Twistie is blogging up many holiday bargains at the Manolo’s Basement of the Bargains.

NOV
2007
29

Project Runway 4, Episode Three

Manolo says, Ah, the menswear, it looks so simple: the pants, the jacket, the shirt. It is not as if the male fashions have really changed in the past 75 years (other than the deplorable trend toward 24/7 casualness), and yet why is it that so many famous and talented designers produce such utter crap when they turn their hand to the menswear?

It is simple. Menswear does not fall under the purview of the fashion designer. It belongs properly and only to the tailor, to men who have devoted their lives to the arcana of button holes and pick-stitched lapels and French facings, and who know that what matters most in menswear is material, cut, fit and detail.

You cannot really learn this at the fashion college. Such knowledge can only be acquired through long apprenticeships at the feet of masters. Yes, the big fashion firms can mass produce the similacra of good tailoring–the off-the-rack suits that look moderately presentable on the size 42 regular–but it is not the same.

And so it was the nearly impossible challenge that was given to the Project Runway peoples last night, one made truly impossible by the choice of Tiki Barber as the model.

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