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A Little Friday Fab from Barney’s | Manolo for the Big Girl

A Little Friday Fab from Barney’s

I can’t remember where I read it –I think it was a British Vogue interview with Daphne Guinness– who moaned she always wanted to be “Downtown and Barney’s” but knew in her heart that she was “Uptown and Berdgorf’s” and I can totally get that. Barney’s is downtown and urban cool; I am neither so I rarely browse the virtual racks. When I do, however, I’m always astonished by their sales including these three darlings (including one that is practical! Sort of!)

Can I even tell you how much I love Lanvin? I love Lanvin like a debutante loves Valtrex. I’ve loved it historically –it’s the oldest French fashion house still in operation– and I LOVE it now that my cuddlywuddly couturier Alber Elbaz is at the helm.

Alber Elbaz

(awww.)

But what I love MOST is how Lanvin can take a one-or-two season wonder like gladiator sandals and turn them into a wearable staple. I am thisclose to breaking my no-buy for these. They’re on sale, too!

Lanvin Gladiator

You know how sometimes you love something so much that even though you KNOW it will end in heartache and maybe a rebound haircut (Bangs! I need BANGS!) you do it anyway? Witness these Martin Margiela silk-covered platform wedges. Aren’t they just dreamy? Oh sure I’d have to be carried on a sedan by more strapping men than I care to imagine but I heart them. And considering that Louboutin and Dolce have both done similarly shirred silk shoes (say that fast!) and these, on sale, are about a third as expensive as either of those…well, it makes a girl think.
Martin Margiela Silk Wedges

And finally we have some Miu Miu. I think I’ve pretty clearly established myself as the world’s biggest Miuccia Prada apologist, but even for me the jockey silks of her last collection for Miu Miu left me as cold as her empire of evil lace for Prada made me hot. I make it a rule never to buy fabric shoes at retail, but now that these shapely sweeties have dipped to just a hair over $200, it might be time to splurge.
Miu Miu Fuchsia Anklewraps

Happy Friday everybody!

4 Responses to “A Little Friday Fab from Barney’s”

  1. bookgirl August 8, 2008 at 10:01 pm #

    Please tell me why debutantes love Valtrex? i am so out of the loop….

  2. Jennie August 9, 2008 at 11:11 am #

    @bookgirl. How to put this tactfully… Valtrex is a treatment for Herpes. Debutantes are girls wanting to have fun. Maybe too much fun? Multiple funs? Spreading the fun?

  3. bookgirl August 9, 2008 at 2:08 pm #

    lol oh my. I did know about the herpes/Valtrex connection, but was befogged by the debutante angle.

    Thank you Jennie!

  4. amt August 11, 2008 at 1:25 pm #

    No herpes here, but I do now have those blue Lanvin gladiators. I blame Plumcake.