Tim Gunn, Gentleman

Manolo says, there is the good article about one of the Manolo’s new favorite peoples, the Tim Gunn, head of the fashion department at Parsons and one of the stars of the Project Runway.

As we made our way down the wide center staircase to the men’s department, we asked Gunn what he thought about the outcome of Project Runway and the fact that underdog Jay McCarroll beat out favorite Kara Saun.

“I was thrilled by it,” he said. “Jay needed to win that. Kara Saun is a fabulous designer and a wonderful person, but she is [already] very well grounded in Los Angeles; she has a customer base. We had to get Jay out of Lehman, Pennsylvania!”

But just as Gunn was not aware that Wendy Pepper was “a calculating sociopath” until he watched the finished episodes like the rest of us, he also had no inkling of McCarroll’s design chops until a few weeks into the taping.

“I thought he would be one of the first few off,” Gunn admitted. “I thought, how far can his personality take him? It really was not until the Banana Republic challenge that I thought, ‘Wow, this is a formidable talent to be reckoned with.'”

And McCaroll’s winning collection “was filled with huge risks that could have crashed and burned, but didn’t,” added Gunn. “I applaud that level of risk taking because it says something about the designer’s commitment to their work as opposed to pleasing an audience. I love Kara Saun’s work, but her collection was safe. It was what we expected of her.”

Manolo says, this it is pretty much exactly what the Manolo felt about the Jay and the Kara. At the first the Manolo he did not think the Jay was all that, but then, as the show it went on, it became apparent that the Jay he was indeed all that.

In any of the events, you must read this article, if only to see the two things. The first, to learn of the incredible chintzy-cheapness of the Banana Republic, and the second to see the graceful manner in which the Tim he has responded to this cheapness, and to his new founded celebrity.

Manolo says, the Tim Gunn, he is the epitome of what the Manolo he considers grace, and dignity, and polite behavior.

MAR
2005
30

Ayyyyy! The Astrid!

Ayyyy!  Astrid Hadad!

Manolo shouts, Ayyyyy! The Astrid Hadad!

The humble name of the Manolo it is not even worthy of appearing in the same sentence with that of. The Astrid Hadad.

She is the genius, the mad, funny, histrionic, blazing, beautiful genius, who is perhaps not looking her best in this picture.

Trrill

Manolo says, the Manolo he has been for many of the weeks now intending to out shout to his internet friends at the Trrill, the best opera blog on the internets.

It is the two parts of the opera news and reviews, the one part of the pop culture, combined with the heaping dash of the snark. It is indeed the most tasty confection.

MAR
2005
08

Manolo the Book, Part 2

Manolo says, many thanks to the friends of the Manolo who have left the most helpful comments about the future book of the Manolo. The Manolo he will be incorporating many of these suggestions in his book, or perhaps, what may well turn out to be two or three of the books.

Again, much thanks to the internet friends of the Manolo who have helped with this question, you are indeed super fantastic!

MAR
2005
07

Manolo the Book

Manolo says, many of the internet friends of the Manolo have been saying to the Manolo, “Manolo, why do you not write the book? It would be most super fantastic, indeed.”

At the first, the Manolo he was resistant to the idea of the book. Who would pay the $18.99 in the American dollars to read the blatherings of the humble Manolo, especially if this it can be obtained for the free at the Manolo’s blogs.

But then the literary agent of the Manolo he convinced the Manolo that the book it was the very good idea, that perhaps many people they would pay this money to hear the Manolo pontificate on the fashion and the celebrity, and that this world of ours, this crazy mixed up world of ours, it needs the Manolo now more than the ever.

And so, the Manolo, he has decided to write the book, one filled with the wit, wisdom, and fashion advice of the Manolo.

Now, of the course, the Manolo he needs two more things. First he needs the publisher. (By the way, if you are the publisher who would like to give the Manolo the giant advance, please contact the Manolo immediately so that he may put you in the touch with the literary agent of the Manolo, so that the wire transfer details they may be worked out.)

The second thing the Manolo he needs is for his many internet friend to tell him what they would like to see the Manolo write about in this theoretical book of his.

It is no secret that left to his own devices the Manolo he would love to write the book about how the Hollywood it has mistreated the genius that is the Hasselhoff, but the literary agent of the Manolo he has nixed this idea.

So, help the brother out, and leave the ideas for the Manolo in the comments section of this post. The Manolo he eagerly awaits your help.

MAR
2005
07

Klezmerbluegrass

Manolo says, together for the first time: klezmer, bluegrass, and modern dance! The Manolo he can hardly welcome the death fast enough.

What the Manolo is…

Manolo says, it is the Tuesday, time for the What the Manolo is…

Reading…

Watching…

Reading…

Listening to…

Watching…

Manolo says, yes, the Manolo he has said this before, but if you are not yet the member of the Netflix you must join. It is, in the humble opinion of the Manolo, the business of genius, one that brings the pleasure of the movies right to the box of the mail.

FEB
2005
28

The Awards of the Academy

Manolo says, last night the most super fantastic stars of the Hollywood appeared in public for the handing out of the Oscars.

In the general the Manolo he was pleased to see that the stars they dressed in a glamourous fashion befitting their station (Unlike, say, at the Awards of the Spirit of the Independents, whose participants they were dressed so barista bohemian casual that the Manolo found himself wanting to ask many of them to fetch him the low fat/skim mocha double cappuccino, and make it quick, the Manolo he is the busy man.)

Overall, however, last night there were alomst none of the grotesqueries of the fashion that have in the past caused the Manolo to do the spit take.

Still there were the few of the stars whose “get-ups” require the closer scruitny.

The Melanie Griffith
Pity the Melanie, La Pobrecita

Manolo says, yes, the dress it was awful, but the Manolo he does not want to make fun of the poor Melanie, as not only is she wearing the cast on the leg, but it is plain to the Manolo that the Melanie she is peddling as fast as she can to hang onto that super fantastic man of hers.

The Renee Zellweger
The Little Goth Mermaid

Manolo says, Behold! The Little Goth Mermaid.

The Robin Williams

Manolo says, the sad desperate cry for the attention.

The ???
Your fifteen minutes, they are up

Manolo asks, who is the dull woman and why does she appear to believe that she is the shizznit?

The Depp
Genius!

Manolo says, the Manolo he has the rule, if you are the Johnny Depp, or the Marlon Brando, or the Russell Crowe, or the Daniel Day Lewis, you are the genius and are entitled to wear whatever you want, however ridiculous, without the petty carping of the Manolo.

Of the course, this mention of the actors of the genius, it brings up the conspicuous failure of the Academy to recognize the genius of the David Hasselhoff.

At the least the Hasselhoff he should have been nominated in the catagory of the award for the best supporting actor, for his masterful return to the big screen in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. This injustice, it has left the Manolo angry and confused, and convinced him that the justice it may never be served.

Look, even the Squidward and the Katie Couric were upset by this snubbing of the Hasselhoff!

More of the Project Runway

Manolo says, here is the article from the Boston Globe about the ending of the Project Runway.

There was fashion, too, of course. Last night, as well as during the entire season, we got to see exactly how complicated the business and the art of clothes designing truly is. The show was both a confirmation of our worst prejudices about models and design divas, and a revelation of just how much imagination and skill must go into building and showing the most original fashion lines.

Manolo says, this it is exactly right.

So few peoples do they properly understand the difficulty of the designing the the beautiful things. This, of the course, explains why the Manolo he believes the she is the genius, and why the Manolo he is quick to ridicule the celebrities who believe they are the equal to the task of producing original and worth-the-wearing items.

Here is more about the Jay, and about the Manolo’s new hero, the Tim Gunn

And originality was Jay’s trump card, as the judges recognized that fact that his style emanates out of his zany personality, and not from what has already made it into the glossy magazines. His models, many of them wearing headphones, were unique as they walked the runway wearing his passionate, distinctive line. When he was anointed the winner, the talky Jay was overwhelmed and, finally, rendered speechless. As with most reality shows, it’s future seasons are bound to be less exciting.

The finale also featured a few of the “Project Runway” camp trademarks. Fashion director Tim Gunn was on hand to visit the finalists’ homes and mention how “terrific” they are. The image of Gunn, so poised and tasteful, standing next to Jay’s father’s concrete-septic-tank company in small-town Pennsylvania was priceless.

Manolo says, the Manolo he loves the Tim Gunn. Not only is he the handsome, talented, and tasteful, but he is without the doubt the nicest man in the world. He is, as the southern friends of the Manolo would say, as sweet as the sugar pie.

Project Runway: Hooray for the Jay

Manolo says, the Manolo he has few comments about the grande finale of the this evening.

The Wendy. Eehh. Yes, she was nasty, and yes, she was partially redeemed this week. But ultimately, who really cares? She is, as the Micheal Kors says, the very talented tailor. And that is the extent of her abilities as the designer.

The Kara Saun. By the end of the next to last of the episodes, the Kara Saun she had begun to annoy the Manolo. This trend it reached the apogee tonight, and the Manolo he began to actively dislike the Kara Saun. But worse than her irritating qualities, however, was that the stated inspiration for her clothes–the movie the Aviator–it was trite, and more than a little silly. Of the course, this justification it was no accident. The Kara Saun she is the Hollywood costume designer, and so she has designed a collection of costumey clothes for the movie that has already been made.

The Jay Hooray for the Jay! Two weeks ago, the he praised the work of the Jay as “thoughtful and original”, and this judgement it was reaffirmed again this evening. Again, the clothes they were not all to the taste of the Manolo (although he did enjoy two or three of the pieces, especially the final dress), but the entire collection it was the work of a singular, intelligent, if untrained vision. Who knows if this it will translate into the long term success.

The Shoes As the Manolo he could have told you, and as the Kara Saun she knows, the shoes they are so very important. As the Micheal Kors said, the accessories they can make or break the show (and the look). Of the course, if you are the regular reader of the Manolo this it is not the big news. It is to the credit of the Kara Saun that she knew this. It is not to the credit of the Kara Saun that she tried to cheat.

Finally, and unusually for the reality television, the nicest and the most talented person came out the winner. How often does this happen?

Manolo and The Day Lewis

Daniel Day Lewis, Artiste

Manolo says, it is no secret that the Manolo, before the Manolo he bacame the super fantastic shoe blogger, he was the poor boy, so poor that the Manolo he was forced to fashion his own super fantastic shoes out of the vegtable rinds and milk cartons.

For the Manolo of those days gone, the only of the joys they were to be found in the making of the shoes and in the dreaming of the stars of the Hollywood, especially the David Hasselhoff of the Knight Rider.

At night, after the hard day of the poverty, the Manolo he would lay in the dark of his cold, dirty apartment, listening to the rats scurrying, and dreaming that the Manolo he would be rescued by the eccentric billionaire industrialist, who would give the Manolo his own super fantastic KITT Trans Am, one that could use the many features to help the Manolo in the making of the super fantastic shoes.

Together, the Manolo and his car, they would defeat the forces of the evil (who in those days were wearing of the Birkenstocks.)

Today, the Manolo he will never forgotten those dark days of the past when the twin demons of the poverty and the hunger they stalked the Manolo on their pale horses.

This it is why the Manolo he will always love the Hasselhoff, and why he will always love the movies and the television because they–and the shoes–they were the only things that kept the Manolo from falling into the despair.

Likewise, the Manolo he will always love the Daniel Day Lewis, even when he insists on dressing like the eccentric artiste, in the bizarre formal wear of his own misguided device.

The Manolo he will always love the Daniel Day Lewis because as the actor, he, like the Hasselhoff, is the genius. Ever better, unlike any of the other stars of the Hollywood, the Day Lewis, he truly and deeply loves the shoes.

By the way, has the Manolo mentioned that he is working on the screenplay for the Daniel Day Lewis?

The story it is about a super fantastic shoe designer who, together with his super fantastic car, a black Trans Am, designs the most super fantastic shoes the world has ever seen. The shoes, they are stolen by an evil super villian, Blagerfeld, who trys to use the super fantastic shoes to take over the world. The shoe designer, he and his car, they must get the shoes back before it is too late.

It is, of the course, an action picture of the buddies.

In the opinion of the Manolo, this movie is should be directed by the Baz, and star the Daniel Day Lewis. Him or the Russell Crowe.

The T-Shirts of the Project Runway

Wendy, What Are You Doing With Those Scissors?

Manolo says, Ayyyyyyyy! This picture of the Wendy on the T-shirt it makes the Manolo want to grab his privates and run away!

Before that, however, here is the link to the t-shirts and the designs of the Project Runway.