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Il Papa in the Prada

Thursday, November 24th, 2005
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

The Pope in the Prada

Manolo says, at the last, the Manolo he has found the picture of the Pope in the red Prada loafers. In the humble opinion of the Manolo is the good fashion choice for His Popliness

Ode to the Prada Pumps

Wednesday, November 16th, 2005
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo says, the Manolo’s smart internet friend the Almost Girl, she has written the ode to her Prada pumps. Here is the excerpt.

Ohh little Prada pumps
The perfection of your form helps me to take my lumps
I survive the bumps and chumps in your comfortable embrace
You save me in any situation from possible fashion disgrace!
Your lambskin leather once supple and new has acquired a lived in form
I bless the day in which the Muse Muicca assured that you were born
Over rough city streets and corporate boardrooms you help me stride without fear
I brush off the jeers of nay sayers with nary a tear

You must go read the whole thing to experience the sort of devotion that our muse the Miuccia has inspired in many, including the Manolo and the Almost Girl.

Prada Chav

Monday, November 14th, 2005
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo says, the Prada sneakers they have become the feetwear of choice for the Britannic “chav” culture.

Since being founded in 1913, Prada has become a byword for intelligent Italian chic. Now, however, it is challenging Burberry for a different accolade: the first love of Britain’s chavs. For two years or more, Burberry has reigned supreme among the chavs and their northern chums, the scallies.

No one young, feckless and loutish would be seen around the estate without their Burberry baseball cap or cheap/stolen imitations of the distinctive check.

Last year Burberry received the ultimate seal of chav approval: nightclubs started to ban it because of scally troublemakers. But now it faces a rival.

This week Sugar Lounge, Manchester’s most exclusive nightclub, clarified its dress code: jewellery must be discreet, no scruffy jeans, no sportswear, and no Prada trainers.

“We have nothing against a particular brand. We don’t allow sportswear,” says Effie Kanyua, Sugar Lounge’s PR. “However, there is a trend towards high-top trainers by Prada. The trousers are worn cut into the high-tops so you can see what they are.”

Miss Kanyua refuses to use terms such as chav. “I wouldn’t say it’s particularly gangster or even scally wear. It’s just not smart trendy. It’s not about cost. It just doesn’t fit the image.”

We move on to the Printworks club and reach a grim conclusion: Burberry is so last year. Innit?

“Are they Prada?” says Joseph, a doorman. He has a printed dress code stating: “No hats, no hoods, no Prada.”

“Prada?” says his assistant manager, “Chav, definitely. Even more chav than Burberry.”

The Manolo he is not worried that the Prada it will take on the taint by the association with the “chavs” and the “scallies”. The brand it is too big, it cannot but outlast this malignant trendiness, just as the Burberry shall.

The Prada Pope

Monday, November 7th, 2005
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo says, the Pope, he is the fan of the Prada.

FIRST the devil wore Prada, now the Pope’s in on the act.

The Pope is reported to have displayed a liking for a pair of red Prada shoes, and has been seen in designer sunglasses, a padded quilt jacket and baseball cap.

Now, this it is something the Manolo he would like to see, the Pope in the Prada baseball cap.

The Prada Loafer

Thursday, November 3rd, 2005
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Prada Loafer Fall - Winter 2005/06   Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, there is something about this suede loafer from the Prada that the Manolo adores. It is the elegant simplicity, and perhaps the homey feeling that this it is the comfortable shoe that does not sacrifice the style.

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