Tibing Around Soho

Leandra Medine | March 31, 2011
In partnership with Tibi
As many of you mangos may have already seen, last week the fancy flamingos at Tibi, including Amy Smilovic herself who has quickly been promoted from amiable designer to favorite human specimen on planet earth, and myself creeped around Soho, namely Wooster street, just near the Tibi boutique, modeling some o’my favorite spring trends.

I was particularly keen on partnering with Tibi because three years ago when my last relationship ended, my rebound dress was Tibi. This speaks volumes to my aesthetic as the dress was teal in color, long sleeve in length, silk in fabric, and smock in silhouette. It had lace-print details around the bib collar and various trims. Needless to say male interaction did not ensue until 10 months later, when plagued with the curse of Bikini season.

Sob story aside, I could detail an entire narrative for you right here and now but ultimately, the moral of the story is: there are lots of dogs in Soho and if you want to show your face on Wooster and Prince, try your hardest not to stop oncoming traffic. Also, life sized diapers are so right now.

Those life lessons weren’t the day’s intention though. Peep the photo recollection below chronicling the fun we had and the wildly awesome clothes that came with it.
jacket: Phillip Lim, button up: Land’s End, jeans: Rag & Bone, slippers: Del Toro
It started in my own clothes. I came ready to style in the very best snow leopard I could locate.
photos by Caroline Owens
What followed included loads o’prints ready for some sartorial bartending, leather accents and perforated bits of the same sort. And would you look at those brogues to the left? Yellow snakeskin. Chew on that, Bronx Zoo Cobra.
Look #1 provided copious fun. I didn’t mean for that to rhyme but I’m glad that it did.
 This just in: wearing feathers finally pays off. I can fly! Or maybe my slippers double as Magic Carpets. Going to get Alladin on the phone to reach the bottom of it. Get it? Get it? (Left Photo, Caroline Owens. Right photo Rachel Scroggins)
 …I was just so psyched that I could fly.
photos by Rachel Scroggins
Look #2 implemented an MR favorite: the detachable collar, paired with a fisherman’s coat and what is perhaps the most perfect white eyelet strapless dress on this side of the globe. It gets extra repeller points because from my profile, I resemble a really awesome pregnant woman, who is, as we know, the worst Man Repeller of all.
Following Look #2, I used another element of eyelet to formulate Look numero tres.
It’s my favorite fabric. Plus it’s cool with a white jacket that features sprinkling leather cut-out flower detailing on its trim. You must be wondering why I’m laughing so hard, right?
photos by Caroline Owens
Well…I was fake hailing a fake cab in a direction real cars don’t hail from, for one thing. 
I also found my way over to a bike that doesn’t belong to me and the Tibi lads insisted I borrow it. I did as they said. I’m a thief. A Wooster street loiterer and a thief. Do you see the mischief in my smile?
…Before this becomes a matter of the courts, on to Look #4:
booties: Maison Martin Margiela
As you can see, I am most certainly a real model…and will do anything to get the shot.
Even if it means stopping pedestrians to ask if I can borrow their dogs. Lucky for me, world’s largest and smallest pups were roaming Prince Street during the same time last Tuesday morning. I know neither dog but the little chihuahua belongs to a French girl who just got here from Paris and isn’t sure where she is going to live yet, in case you’re wondering.
all mutt photos by Rachel Scroggins
Is your heart melting?
Sorry to cut the “AWWW” fest in half, but we have prints to mix.
photos: Caroline Owens, handbag: Be & D, collar: Eleven Objects
And upper lips to lick. So that we shall do.
For the final look, I put Sienna Miller’s bodysuit to shame with one that Amy dug out of her treasure chest:
The collar is actually DIYed from one of their silk scarves. Crafty, eh? Wish I could take credit for it but the Tibi superstars put it together. I’d caption this, but I don’t think I need to, cue the red laser beams. Thanks, Caroline.
This on the other hand,
Human diaper baby!…is what Tibi windows should look like indefinitely. 

I conclude saying this: fashion should always be fun, and if that means baring your ass and thighs, borrowing live animal stock from pedestrians and stopping oncoming traffic to the dismay of passengers, then so be it. At least I can fly, suckas!

Shop the looks here.

Who Wore it Best?
 Photo by Caroline, Illustration by Inslee. You can chose either because ultimately I win in both scenarios.
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11559325754312043870 Inside my head and wardrobe

    i love your philip lim coat and your red jeans

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01152417447464162782 Julie and Lauren

    Amazing! The python booties are insane.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05882333911932324281 blue roses

    that red and white floral skirt is absolutely beautiful, especially with the large drooling pup in the foreground. you are an inspiring model. hope no male cabbies got into any accidents swerving their necks to check you out during this shoot….


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11805340398948210012 Anna

    I love the skirt! And yes, you do look like as if you were flying…

  • Anonymous

    Look #4 is amazing!

    – Diana

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07904293199101553442 Jessie

    absolutely loving the red pants in the first photograph. so great. weren't you freezing in your shorts in the city? love the loafers.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14548517494434374923 jessica january

    i love love love those last wedges!!!!!!!

    january, x

  • Anonymous

    I don't see the last fluffy red/ivory skirt on the website. Where can I get?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03401686887977484323 Man Repeller

    @Anon It's a fall look! Don't think it will be avail for purchase until later this summer/early next fall :(:(:(

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11679162276353158466 Traveling Lipstick

    lovely!! Pictures and faces 😀

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18359692445710227141 Collections

    LOVE the human diaper baby hysterical that that man was staring!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17241321189079869976 miss.maxine

    lol who wore it best….. win here, win there, bi-winning!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12636145407821468627 jewlz

    I LOVE TIBI! But I'm torn between you, Tibi and the Pitbull.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17307750287416918321 Closet Fashionista

    Amazingggggg. That illustration is gorgeous!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09353128785912337241 mia

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11286149288842617111 Ofelia

    Love all your outfits!!!

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09353128785912337241 mia_pancake


  • http://thegreyestghost.wordpress.com/ thegreyestghost

    I still can't get over how amazing that cream and red skirt is! Love seeing the photos I shot side by side with Caroline's, the different perspectives are fun. : )

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11191508387521721459 Fashion is just perversed

    the red laser beans made my day! hahahahah

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07812595858366615363 Never Enough Nails

    That red and white skirt is my life.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18265420991342432233 Mrs. C

    i LOVE the eyelet dress!!! Super cute for spring!!! And the cream/red skirt…wowza!! Looks like you had a blast. Speaking of dogs, check out mine helping me in the kitchen…they are funny looking!!


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    OMG you had us in stitches as usual! The bodysuit pics are the best!


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  • http://iamthegsb.com The GSB

    Love all these photos! You are absolutely hilarious. Awesome choice of footwear – it appears that your successful loafer streak continues – and the jeans and fluffy skirt are fabulous! Also very cute pups 🙂


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09149781315469755878 Jenn from Much to My Delight

    What an all-around awesome post. Man, you really wear clothes well. The laser beams really do say it all. You ain't no man repeller.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10731480551178991637 Copper Etiquette

    I love the brown top, collar necklace, I LOVE EVERYTHING!. http://www.copperetiquette.wordpress.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01235564960576355916 lauren

    you look so gorgeous! i absolutely love the styling and that they chose a "real" person to model the collection. all the prints are freaking amazing. keep doing your thing! 🙂

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00186653388828397132 indie.electronic.alternative.

    you have got some BALLS wearing that bodysuit. love that creeper in the pic.

  • Anonymous

    it's pretty great that the 'b' in 'tibi' is framing … your ..body. 🙂

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11824440493038509210 Vfriedrich

    Can't get over those collars! The studded brown one is my favorite. XO Valerie


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05593934345353944203 The Closet Shopper

    You make me smile. And fortunately, I'm a big fan of smiling! xo,Tracy

  • Anonymous

    love the patterned look

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10456155196741471087 Danish Demeanor

    ha ha the charm is palpable. Super love the white skirt with red splatters.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03045145090849612451 kgal1298

    So you walk up to someone and ask if you can borrow there dog? Ha best pick up line ever.

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    A M A Z I N G!!! I love love love your style! 🙂

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06784045404057241884 Alexa Strautmanis

    I grew up a block from Prince and Wooster, SoHo is a Man Repellers domain, for sure. You rock those looks, girl. Loves it.

    If I ever run into whilst donning a ski mask I'm gonna rob you for that jacket. Its WORTH jail time. GORGEOUS!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13467687682423551804 Whatstrend?

    Just adoring the whole mixed-prints look!! Superb!

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13678937953382560659 J’Anns Boutique

    Love the dress with the python booties, me wanty!

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17115423516641338460 The Foolish Aesthete

    The pouffy skirt is my favorite! Miss that area in SoHo …


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02913781525602960408 Sasshionista

    Is there a cheaper version of the velvet loafers? I'm dying for a pair but don't want to pay the hefty price.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03401686887977484323 Man Repeller

    @sassshionista Yes! American Apparel!!

  • http://www.tibi.com/shop Tibi

    The rococo red and white skirt ($650) will be available 9/15/2011 on Tibi.com. To inquire about pre-ordering please contact customerservice@tibi.com

  • http://dimpledspiders.wordpress.com/ dimpledspiders

    Can you throw out a tweet next time your playing around in SoHo!? Just sayin- i'd love to street style photog you…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02732304197665787934 emma basilone

    I love all of your looks (or maybe I should say i am obsessed) If you ever want to get rid of your Phillip Lim jacket. I am so willing to take it off your hands =)

    my favorite blog- hands down!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02070714611487306140 Katricia Barleta

    The 'diaper' look really caught my eye, and I'm not the only one it seems 😉

    And everything white, including the diaper outfit, I love!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14227790770455857624 The Fancy Teacup

    Those python boots are beyond fantastic. I really like you in outfit #2 and outfit #4 with the pretty look, but outfit #3 is super chic and you look great in that blue.

    much love.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12069426957408106950 Kimberly

    love love love every outfit you're amazing!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14073793137784988332 Megan Hattie

    amazing looks, I adore the red and white skirt! so much volume! love the fake cab hailing photo. 🙂

    –Megan//The Martian Tide

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16722850168909256962 M & Em

    That skirt in Look #4 is AMAZING! Ahhhhh! That's my I-need-it-immediately-or-I-might-die-of-a-broken-heart noise. And a broken heart because of the skirt mind you, not some stupid guy. 🙂


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08107223367018940482 Gabrielle

    Amazing outfits!!! Great pictures 🙂

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05341951262271384712 dani

    You make me smile! 😀

    Your white coat reminds me of a Carrie Bradshaw coat (Comme Des Garcon – Season 3 Ep 1 haha).

    You are too much in all possibly wonderful ways!

    <3 The Daily Dani

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08110246827166538918 Jasmin

    amazing pictures! I love the photos on the street – that's so New York <3
    And the drawing is also adorable!

    Follow your blog from Berlin xoxo

  • http://www.fashables.com/w Ryan

    Great job on this post. Very comical and creative.


  • Anonymous

    OMG! Manrepeller, just from reading your stuff I always pictured you as a huge, scary creature compared to my shrinking violet, asexual self. But now I see from your pics an entirely approachable, beauty of a person! Just goes to show me: you can't always judge a book from it's content either, lol. ;-D

  • Anonymous

    love all the looks… the white and red skirt is awesome
    you wear everything so well
    adore following you

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13032949123461819866 Jac

    First, that white and red skirt is gorgeous. More importantly your pregnant woman comment made me snort. Having been that lady I can vouch that carrying a baby in your womb will send men (other than your partner although not guaranteed) scattering in all directions. They will initially take note of your ever increasing breast size but their horny gaze will quickly turn to horror as it comes to rest on your ballooning belly. Shame mixed with fear will flash across their faces as they realize they are pervs, thinking dirty thoughts about a mother to be, who realizing you are fertile must run for cover so as not to get caught in your baby making snare.

  • Anonymous

    What do you actually do? I mean as in do you have a 'real' job apart from this blog? Just makes me wonder when I see all those gorgeous, expensive clothes of yours! I mean, yes you are man repelling, but you use Margiela booties and YSL sandals and other items regular mortals can only dream about! (And yes, I get that these are borrowed from Tibi for the shoot but in all your posts where you use your own clothes I mean!)

  • Anonymous

    the dog. most definitely that sweet, monstrous creature wore it best.

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    Y O U A R E A W E S O M E!!!!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00207083711507978637 Eugenia Woods

    Oh my goodness what a wonderful post. It looks like you had a great time taking those photos!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05345225002773583958 My Style Canvas

    Congrats on the collaboration with Tibi. One of my favorite tops is from there. And I think that white dress with the cutouts is one of the best looks you've posted so far.

    And the illustration is beautiful too. I'll have to check out more of her stuff.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07873921044732390379 Melissa

    You are so goofy. Love it!

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    You're such a happy chappy. We love you.


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    Gorgeous. The eyelet dress is so adorable. I love how the other color option is called "Fennel". 😉

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    I can't believe that you went out with underwear over your clothes.Love that first few outfits! I am in love with that first jacket.

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