MAR
2005
08

They’re Baaaaaack!

The Return of the Warmers of the Leg

Manolo shouts, Noooooooooooooooo!

No, no, no, no to the return of the warmers of the legs. The thousand times No!

The Wearing of the Stockings

Manolo says, one of the Manolo’s many internet friends has asked the Manolo the question.

Dear Manolo, My super fantastic daughter shared your site with me and it is indeed a delight to read. I admire the Nicole Miller shoes you have pointed out, but being a lady of a certain age, I must ask a question about the wearing of the stockings? Ladies of style always did, except in summer, but this rule no longer seems true. It looks to me as if all the super fantastic glamour girls wear bare legs and strappy sandals at all times. But in January and with the elegant open-toe shoe (and legs that might benefit from a little gleam of the hosiery) are stockings still acceptable? What does the the wise and gentle Manolo think of this dilemma for the woman of a certain age?

Manolo says, it is indeed true, we live in greatly reduced times. When the Manolo he was the boy, the lady she was not dressed until the stockings they covered her legs.

And now? Now the trend toward the bareleggedness it has run the amok, so that even in the winter the Manolo he sees the womens showing their bare legs, with the shaving cuts, and the bruises, and the veins of the vericosa.

Manolo says, unless you are the 15-year-old super model girl, most of the womens they will look better with the right stockings.

Yes, during the summer it is frequently too hot to wear the stocking, but in the winter, if you are the fully-grown woman, then the stockings not only are they warm, but they hide the imperfections that the time it has given you.

And if you wear the beautiful Nicole Miller shoe the Manolo he has recommended, then the sheerest nude stockings with the so-called sandal-feets, they will look perfectly fine.

JAN
2005
07

News Flash! The Stilettos Are “Hot”!

Manolo says, here is the very obvious news from the newspapers: Stilettos are Soaring in Popularity.

Stiletto heels force a woman’s back to arch, pushing her bosom out in the front and her rear in the back, further accentuating the feminine silhouette. Men like it, and so do women, says fashion historian Caroline Cox.

“Men like an exaggerated female figure. Stilettos also make a woman seem quite delicate because you have to balance (in the shoes). She might need a man’s hand,” Cox says.

“Women like them because they have a reputation of being glamorous and sexy. Women also get height, which makes them feel powerful.”

Cox wrote Stiletto (HarperDesignInternational), which traces the modern history of the ultra-high heel. She credits 1950s’ shoemakers Roger Vivier, Andrew Perugia, Salvatore Ferragamo and Charles Jourdan for rescuing women from the utilitarian wartime footwear of the previous decade.

Since then, stilettos have remained a fixture on the fashion scene, hitting heights in the ’50s and ’80s, and they’re soaring now. Cox notes, though, that the look of the modern stiletto is evolving from a witchlike pointy toe to a rounder toe, and Prada, a favorite among the stylish set, is returning to a thicker cone-shape heel that was popular 20 years ago instead of the narrower slope familiar to fans of Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik.

In the 1960s, the heel was square, while in the late ’70s – as a backlash against the wedge and the clog – stilettos either had a punk-rock edge or they were disco sandals, Cox explains.

Manolo says, it is obvious, nothing can make the legs of the woman look better than the stiletto heels.

Also, the books by the Caroline Cox they are always worth the reading if you are interested in the history and the meaning of the fashion, and who is not intested in that?