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Prada the Movie

Sunday, February 20th, 2005
By Manolo

Manolo says, the famous movie director Ridley Scott he has directed the four-and-a-half minute commercial for the Prada.

Last week, the four-and-a-half-minute ”Thunder Perfect Mind” made its debut at the Berlin Film Festival. Directed by Ridley Scott, ”Thunder Perfect Mind” is part of a burgeoning genre of cinema — the superlong commercial as short film, in this case created for the introduction of the new Prada fragrance.

Maybe you have already seen Dolce & Gabbana’s melodramatic fragrance ad for Sicily featuring Monica Bellucci, or the TV spots of Baz Luhrmann’s mini-epic for Chanel No. 5 starring Nicole Kidman as an actress whose similarity to the actress Nicole Kidman plays in ”Moulin Rouge” is just too weird. The Prada film, which strives to be simultaneously more and less commercial, casts the model Daria Werbowy as a beautifully accessorized bundle of contradictions. As she makes her way through the streets of Berlin, she sees herself coming and going at every turn in the faces of other women, some older, some quite a bit younger, some more wholesome and some actually Werbowy herself. In a particularly delicious moment, shot in the back of a taxi, an unseen driver ogles her in the rearview mirror, watching as she removes her winter coat only to put it back on inside out. ”I was told, basically, to sit down and drink a cup of tea,” says Scott, who collaborated — or contended — with both his daughter, Jordan, a promising director in her own right, and Miuccia Prada. ”This project is a testament to women in all forms.”

Manolo says, the Manolo he is desperate to see this commercial.

Prada at the Sam’s Clubs?

Sunday, February 20th, 2005
By Manolo

Manolo says, here is the article that it sounds too ridiculous to be true.

My name is Aime Palmer, and I am a sucker for wholesale goods. Sam’s Club is my mecca but not just for those fab mini quiches and the fresh salsa I serve at every other party.

My Waterford crystal? Sam’s. My Stag’s Leap Merlot? Sam’s. My Prada wallet? Sam’s.

They also generally carry Fendi and Prada handbags and small goods, Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses, Ferragamo and Dooney & Bourke accessories and designer fragrances (not to mention loads of bling bling) at prices seriously lower than department stores.

My Prada wallet? $154. Not very frugal, I know. But -ista in my dictionary means getting it for more than $50 less than average department store prices, a phenomenon that makes me all warm and tingly inside.

Manolo shouts, Ayyyyyyyy! The Apocalypse, she is upon us!

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