The Project Runway

Manolo says, if like the Manolo you are obsessed with the Project Runway, than perhaps you would like to visit the links of the websites of the three finalists, the Jay, the Wendy, and the Kara Saun.

Manolo his favorite contestant it is the Jay, who makes the Manolo laugh with his sassy/bitchy wit, and whose dresses, although not always to the Manolo’s liking, are both original and thoughtful.

As for the Kara, the Manolo he loves her work, she is the true professional, and except for the crazy pants for the Grammy, her designs they are always good. (Although, the Manolo he will admit that it was the pleasure of the guilty to watch the chaotic evil Wendy get under the skin of the Kara Saun in the latest of the episodes.)

Wendy, Wendy, Wendy. What is there to say, but that she has some talent, but that her conniving/needy/tough/weepy personality it has the Manolo wondering if the therapy of the hormone replacement, it is not needed. Trust the Manolo, you would not want to work in the same office as this woman.

And then there was the Austin. The Manolo he loves the Austin. He is the beautiful, scrawny, flaming creature, who wears the costume of the Post Office better than any of the not-so-super models. Has not anyone but than the Manolo noticed the striking resemblence (certainly intentional) between the Austin and the young Yves Saint Laurent?

However, as the designer, the Austin, he the pony of the one trick. Yes it is the very good trick, but he keeps doing it again and again, even when it is not the right trick for the moment. And, the worse, the one time he does not do the trick, during the challange of the wedding dresses, it is the debacle so bad that the producers they must step in to save him from the elimination.

Manolo says, this show of the television, it is the addicitve pleasure, one that the Manolo he will miss when it ends.

P.S. Many thanks to the Manolo’s internet friend at the Bradford Shellhammer for the links to the websites.

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?

OCT
2004
16