Archive - March, 2005

The Wedding Shoe of Color

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

I am seeking your expertise on the super important wedding shoe purchase. I would love to spruce things up and get the non-traditional shoes of color (rather than white, ivory, etc.) for my big day. I am about to undergo a major shopping expedition to the places of beauty – Jimmy Choo, Manolo, Saks, and others and want to know your thoughts on wearing shoes of color. Do you find this tacky and tasteless or terrific and interesting?

Manolo says, the Manolo he loves the shoes of the color for the confident and super fantastic bride, provided that the shoes they are tasteful, and not the garish.

The secret to the color, of the course, is that if the color it is to be included in the shoes it should be the pale version of that color, and should coordinate with the gown (but you undoubtedly know this already).

Many of the designers of the gowns (like the Monique Lhuillier), they are now including the touches of the color in their dresses, often in the forms of the ribbons and the sashes. There are even the daring few who are producing the dresses in the color of the blush and the pale gold.

Alternately, if the gown she is the all white, than the color of the shoes they can subtly echo the color of the flowers in the bouquet.

As for the shoes of the color that the Manolo he approves of, the Manolo he has already recommended these most opulent mules from the Rene Caovilla.

Here is the pair of the slingback sandals with the very elegant and minimalist line from the Anne Klein in the blush. Are they not indeed most beautiful?

Anne Klein New York - Fame (Blush Satin) - Women's

Grace Kelly, Bride

Grace Kelly,Bride

Manolo says, now that the poor Prince Rainier is on the verge of leaving this life, we begin to see the pictures of his wedding to the late Grace Kelly appear in the press. This it is only natural, as the marriage it was the event that made him more famous than his position as the hereditary ruler of the minor principality would have ordinarly justified.

The Grace Kelly and the Prince Rainier they were married in April 19, 1956, in the traditional Catholic ceremony. As you can see, the Grace Kelly she was perhaps the most beautiful bride–wearing perhaps the most beautiful gown–to ever marry a prince.

For the Manolo it is actually, literally, stunning to see how beautiful she was in this photo. The Rainier, he is not the bad-looking man, just average with his little belly, receeding hairline, and jowls, but the juxtaposition with this ethereal beauty, it is not flattering to him.

This dress it was made for the Grace Kelly by the Helen Rose, the chief designer of the costumes for the MGM studios, the same woman who had designed the costumes for the Grace Kelly’s last movie, the High Society.

As the website of the British Film Institute says,

So enchanted was Kelly with the wedding dress Helen Rose designed for her in High Society that she asked Rose to design the dress for her wedding to the Prince. Helen Rose designed a gown which was fashioned out of 98 yards of tulle, 25 yards of silk taffeta and an incredible 300 yards of lace. Kelly’s veil was covered in a web of thousands of seed pearls with a motif of lovebirds appliquÚd in lace. As Kelly’s seven-year contract with MGM had yet to be completed, she negotiated her release by allowing her wedding to be filmed and shown in movie theatres. MGM gave Kelly the dress, which is now on display in the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Manolo says, it is indeed one of the greatest wedding gowns of all time, beautiful, opulent, and yet supremely tasteful.

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The Hong Kong Bride

Hong Kong PhooeyHong Kong Phooey

Manolo says, Manolo’s internet friend the Spirit Fingers, she has commented in her inimitable way upon the peculiar customs of the brides of the Hong Kong.

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The Laptop Bride

Laptop Bride: Using The Internet To Plan Your Dream Wedding by Cathy Lynn

The Laptop Bride by Cathy Lynn

Manolo says, the Manolo he recently saw this book in the bookstore and so leafed through it. If like the Manolo you are the internet person, comfortable with using the net to do the shopping, and unlike the Manolo you are the bride to be, then this book it may be helpful to your in your preperations for the big day.

It had much good information about using the internets effectively to plan the wedding. Sadly, the Manolo he must report that there is no mention of the Manolo or his humble Manolo for the Brides blog.

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The Running of the Brides

Manolo says, here is the amusing article on the chaos that is the annual Filene’s Basement bridal sale, this one held in the Pittsburgh last Friday.

Friday marked Filene’s annual Bridal Gown Sale – jokingly referred to by some as “the running of the brides” – and well before sunrise the wedding-bargain hunters already were queuing outside.

By 7:45 a.m., there must have been more than a hundred, including moms, grooms, maids of honor, future mothers-in-law, friends, and loved ones of every description. Some “teams” wore bright matching hats, scarves, and even purple bunny ears to help them distinguish each other from everyone else in the trenches.

At 7:50 a.m., some 10 minutes before the doors would open, they broke out in a determined chant: “Let us in! Let us in!”

On the other side of the doors were 1,400 wedding dresses priced at a drastic markdown. The sale lasts one day only, and dresses are non-returnable, but the prices are right.

Gowns once priced at $800-$8,000 were tagged at $249-$699. Because of a strict agreement between Filene’s Basement and its vendors, the gowns’ brand names can’t be advertised, but some of them are straight from the studios of swanky bridal ateliers from both sides of the Atlantic.

Manolo says, you must read the whole article to get the proper flavor of the brides gone mad with the shopping frenzy.

Here is also the article on the Running of the Brides in the New York

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Designer Wedding Gown Auctions

Manolo says, if you like to look at the pictures of the wedding gowns up for the auctions, the Manolo he would like to remind you that he has built the site where you can do just that: The Designer Wedding Gown Auctions.

Here, if you are searching for the gown from the Monique Lhuillier or the Vera Wang or the Oled Cassini, or you are just the looky-loo, you can see what is out there.

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Celebrate with the Rene Caovilla

Rene Caovilla Beaded Mesh Mule    Manolo Likes!  Click!
Rene Caovilla Silk Moire and Mesh Beaded Slingback      Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, this blog it has languished while the Manolo he has been occupied with other matters. However, now that the other things they are more managable, the Manolo he has decided to revive this blog.

In honor of this new commitment to the bridal-blogging, and of the course, in honor of the new version of the Manolo’s Shoe Blog, the Manolo he gives you two beautiful and fancy pairs of the Rene Caovilla suitable for the celebrating.

As with many of the shoes of the Rene Caovilla, these shoes would be perfect for the wearing by the bride. They are most super fantastic!

(Of the course, they are also both on the deep discount at the Bluefly.com.)

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