The Designer Dress Auctions

Manolo says, the Manolo, as the part of his on-going service to the humanity, he has put up the site so that you may look at the designer wedding dresses for the sale on the Ebay.

The Super Fantastic Newsletter

Manolo says, the Manolo he would like to remind you to sign up for the Manolo’s Super Fantastic Newsletter.

The first issue it will be send out via the email in the early part of the next week. It will contain much information about the shoe and fashion bargains, perhaps the joke or two, maybe a discount on the Manolo’s super fantanstic merchandise, and, of the course, the usual wisdom of the Manolo.

Click here for the sign up.

Hong Kong Bride Blogging

Spirit Fingers, a very funny blog, has rendered us the service of bride blogging the latest in Hong Kong bridal head gear.

Prada Bridal Shoe?

Prada Womens Shoes Spring - Summer 2005 - BRAND NEW ARRIVALS!!

Manolo says, although this white leather shoe from the Prada, it is not made of the satin, it could perhaps work as the bridal shoe. It would need to be with the right dress, perhaps for the less formal, contemporary, urban wedding.

Shoes For The Tall Bride

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

I am a tall bride (6 of the feet) and my soon-to-be husband, he is the exact same height as I am. Usually, I have no problem wearing the high heels, but I would like the low or *gasp* the flat shoe for my wedding. (Plus, my dress, it is barely long enough right now.) My dress, it is form-fitting and flares out a little near my feet, much like the dresses you featured by the Angel Sanchez.

Oh Manolo…i want to avoid the ugly shoes at all costs… (the horrors)

I love these shoes by the Vera Wang, but sadly, she may be out of my price range.

I also find these not terrible.

But honestly, I haven’t found anything that I *really* like yet.

whatever is a tall girl to do?

Manolo says, first, your man of the six feets tall, he will not be threatened if you are the inch or two taller, and do not forget that he too will be wearing the heels, and, of the course, he is certain to stand up very straight on the day of his wedding.

Having said that, the Manolo would recommend to you this mid-heeled pump from the Anne Klein.

Anne Klein New York - Gretel (White Satin) - Women's
The heel on this, it is slightly over two of the inches, and it is right now
on the sale at $142 of the American dollars
, $220 less than the Vera Wang.

This shoe it would be good with the dress of the mermaid style you have picked. Of the course, the dress of the mermaid it is the sexy style and so requires the sexy shoe, the flat it will not work.

However, if this it is either too pricey or too tall, then here is the shoe from the Kenneth Cole.

Kenneth Cole - Cross UR Heart (White Satin) - Women's

This one, it comes in the white or the ivory, and it is on the sale at only $55 of the American dollars, a good value for the poor college girl.

Of the course, there are cheaper shoes that are available for the buying, but remember that you will be on the feets all day long and the cheap shoes, they are certain to hurt.

Arm Chub

I’ve received a question about a problem that, not surprisingly, even one of my most glamorous friends is faced with in her own upcoming nuptials.

I’m in a wedding this summer. I’m the only bridesmaid/maid/matron of honor and may buy any dress as long as it’s red. I’m a big girl, size 16ish and of a certain age ie. 36. My upper arms are not for public viewing and yet most of the dresses I see are sleeveless. I do have a small waist compared to the rest of my outline. What is a girl to do? I have started better eating and going to the club (I used to be a size 24) but I don’t want to apply too much pressure to myself. I’m thinking that I could be a size 14 or 12 by the summer. Ideas for an outfit that covers the arms and isn’t cut down to the waist?

The problem of the chubby upper arms is not unique. Even I, the Donatella (as the Manolo would say) am no stranger to the stubborn fat of the upper arms. Rare is the woman who, after a certain age or a certain weight, has perfectly slender arms.

First, I commend you for losing the weight you’ve already lost. There is no other way to get slender arms than losing weight, and the best way to do this is to exercise and eat less. (Manolo has already recommended this book, but here it is again. If you have to lose weight quickly, and are serious, it works.)

Second, I don’t think you should be afraid to bare your arms. Show off the new you. Continue on your program, get a little tan, and I’m sure you’ll look great.

Also, as you may have noticed, all the prettiest dresses this season are sleeveless, and this will be a summer wedding, so sleeves might look both out of place and out of style.

Here’s my best advice: find the prettiest red sleeveless bridesmaid’s dress you can, one that isn’t too billowy, but instead emphasizes your shapliness. Of course, although the bride has given you carte blanche, make sure she likes the dress before you pay for it, after all it’s her day.

You’re in luck. In the past couple of years, the best bridal designers have turned their attention to making beautiful dresses for bridesmaids. The Vera Wang bridesmaid dresses are gorgeous, and comparatively affordable, usually under $400. The same can be said for Amsale and Nicole Miller.

After having said all that, if you’re still self-conscious about your arms, get a silk wrap or a shrug. I always like the way a wrap looks; it can pull an outfit together and make you look polished, and they are in this year. Besides, if it’s a church wedding, it seems more respectful to me to cover your shoulders and bosom.

I’m of the old school. I like things to be somewhat formal for a church wedding. Save the breast-bearing for Vegas.

Finally, I can tell from your letter that you’ve got the right attitude. You’re preparing well in advance, and you’re not stressed out. Weddings should be fun, all mine were.

Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera, Spring 2005Carolina Herrera, Spring 2005Carolina Herrera, Spring 2005

Jackie O once adviced women to dress “like a column”. I think what she was really calling for was a return to classicism in fashion, and the American designer who best exemplifies this is Carolina Herrera.

Her wedding dresses, in particular, evoke the order, proportion and symmentry that were the standards of the classical world.

These three here, although regal, remain approachable. Their classicism is tempered with a touch of whimsey and light-heartedness. They show the sure touch and confidence of a master, one who has been designing beautiful dresses for many years, and so is it any wonder that Jackie O’s own daughter Caroline, chose Herrera to design her wedding dress.

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