Miu Miu Vernice Pop Pump for the Monday

Vernice Pop Pump by Miu Miu   Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, it is again Monday, and you are back at your desk, dealing with the petty demands of the working day.

Still, buried beneath your professional and business-like exterior, lies the softly beating heart of the free-spirited romantic, the sort of girl who would wear these red Miu Miu Vernice Pop Pumps with Harris tweeds and the felt cloche. This look is inappropriate for your office, faintly ridiculous, and somewhat anachronistic, and yet also completely adorable, and likely to attract the admiring gaze of poetic men.

This Makes the Manolo Sad

Manolo says, ayyyyyyy! Say it ain’t so, Miuccia!

Miuccia Prada, as one of fashion’s most innovative designers, is no stranger to being copied. Recently, however, it seems that she’s turned the tables and is doing a bit of copying of her own — or at least a member of her accessories team is. Check out these shoes from Prada’s Miu Miu line:

Not only does the style recall the patent leather, peeptoe pump that the brilliant shoe designer Christian Louboutin elevated to fashion ubiquity over the last few seasons (see both platform and standard versions below), but Miu Miu has imitated the red Louboutin sole as well.

Ayyyyyy! The worst part of this affront is that the Miu Miu version does not look half as good as the Louboutin.

Look, here are the two shoes together, the Miu Miu on the left.
Black Patent Leather Pump from Miu Miu.   Manolo is Appalled!Black Peep Toe Pump by Louboutin     Manolo Likes!  Click!

This side-by-side comparison shows the clear influence of the Louboutin.

It is also is demonstrative of something the Manolo often talks about, of how the slight variations in shape and material can reduce the sublime form to something more pedestrian.

In all, the Manolo is sadly disappointed with the Prada, something which has been too common of late.

P.S. Many thanks to the Manolo’s internet friends the Susan for spotting this, and to the Ella for alerting the Manolo to it.

Manolo 90210

Manolo says, once again the Posse Manolo has been on the polite and well-heeled rampage through the mean-girl streets of the Beverly Hills.

And as always, there is much to see on the Robertson Boulevard, such as the angry and importuning papparazzi swarms, the re-engineered faces of the ladies who lunch, and the occasional glimpse of the celebrity of no consequence.

Such things, although remarkably entertaining, are the not the point of the trip to the 90210.

In the stead, it is the shoes!

And here are two of the Manolo’s favorites purchased by the members of the Posse during the day spent on the prowl.

First the beutiful, gold sandals from the Miu Miu

Miu Miu Womens Shoes Spring - Summer 2006   Manolo Likes!  Click!

And then the simple, t-strap sandal in the antique bronze from the Donald J. Pliner.
Viana by Donald Pliner    Manolo Likes!  Click!
Both of these they have the understated panache that the Manolo finds appealing in those women who do not need to obsessively seek out the attention of the press.

As for the luncheon while shopping, the Manolo politely suggests this place, the Michelia Nouvelle, as being the relaxed and tasty alternative to the power-based snobbery of the Ivy.


Miu Miu for the Fall

Miu Miu Boots    Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, yes these boots of the Miu Miu with the ethnic flair, they are indeed expensive, but when the ruggedly handsome man with the tousled hair invites you for the ride to the farm in the country to pick out the pumpkins for the carving, do you not wish be properly attired?


The Shoes for the Fall

Miu Miu Womens Shoes Fall - Winter 2005/06   Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, the month of the July it is always the period of tedium for the Manolo.

On the one of the hands, we have seen all of the summery shoes the summer she has to offer. And yet, as the shoes of the fall they begin to arrive, it is still much too hot to consider the wearing of them.

However, the Manolo, he is not one who does well with the delayed gratification. He is still like the tiny little Manolo who would sneak down before dawn on the Día de Los Reyes to see what the Three Kings they had left in the shoes of the Manolo.

So, in the spirit of the tiny little Manolo, here is the look at the micro-platform loafers from the Miu Miu. This style of the shoe, it will be very much of the moment this fall.


Shoes of Happiness

Miu Miu Womens Shoes Spring - Summer 2005      Manolo Likes!   Click!

Manolo says, it is no secret that the Manolo he has been most pleased by this season’s summery shoes from the Miu Miu and the Prada. They have combined the beautiful materials and the superior workmanship with the most happy-making witticisms of style and form.

This shoe above, it is the sparkly, aggressively green shoe, yet it makes the Manolo very happy to just look at it. Think how much more happy your feet they would be to be wearing this shoe. It is indeed super fantastic!


Miu Miu Sandals

Miu Miu Womens Shoes Spring - Summer 2005   Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, perhaps because the sun it is shining today, the Manolo he feels like showing you the new sandals from the Miu Miu.