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Manolo the Columnist: Austen Jacquard Pump from the Fendi

May 7, 2013

Manolo says, here is the Manolo's latest column for the Express of the Washington Post.

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Dear Manolo,

I see that low-heeled pumps are in fashion this season, which is perfect for me. I really can?t walk in anything over two inches. It?s too painful. Can you recommend something sharp to wear to the office?

Marjorie

Manolo says, ayyyy! It is true, the New York Times fashion section has declared that the frump is fashionable! According to the Susan Joy, this season ?dowager classics like frame handbags, cardies, and costume jewelry are the height of chic?

To which the Manolo says, when have such practical and handsome items ever truly been out of the fashion? Yes, beautiful young peoples with lithe bodies and smooth skin can wear anything and make it seem fashionable. Indeed, who aside from the Manolo remembers that strange moment, circa Summer of 1983, when all the young Madonnas were wearing the faded bib overalls with one shoulder undone? (Please to review the summer of ?83 music videos for ?Come on Eileen? from the Dexys Midnight Runners and ?Cruel Summer? from the Bananarama.)

But, for the sophisticated ladies who luncheon the uniform of choice has been remarkably stable over the past generation or two, and it is because such things as commodious purses, toasty cardigans, and reasonable shoes are practical and attractive.

Here from the Fendi is the Austen jacquard canvas and suede loafer pump with the yellow color block heel that takes the frump to the height of stylishness.

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