Tibi x MR Teach Bloomingdales a Lesson in Repelling

Leandra Medine | May 15, 2011
The window
The crowd (composed primarily of relatives, bffs, Chuck and Naomi)
The sidewalk. (And in case it’s not clear, we are the flocking flamingos.)
And, OMFG, the me! Inside the window! Looking out into the crowd! And on to the sidewalk!
Crop top and pants: Tibi, shoes: Chris Benz x Alejandro Ingelmo
Thursday marked the recreation of a long-time dream on steroids, only this time in reality. In cahoots with the grade A felines at Tibi, I was handed the opportunity to style a Lexington Avenue window at Bloomingdales. Holy moly somebody pinch me! Not too hard though, I’m anemic. Atop the gig, I was told there would be a crowd watching while I styled. Like installation art, but more offensive. I felt like a mime. Separated from society by a glass wall of emotion. I tried my hardest to share the thoughts coming out of my mouth as I styled but nobody could hear me. I even yelled “labia.” And while I can’t write as fast as I type, thank heavens I was given a white board. Those Tibi folk, they think over everything.
In this photo, I give the mannequin the same crop top I am wearing so that we could match. If you weren’t there, I’ll just tell you that what followed was a “Who Wore it Best” contest between the mannequin and me, conducted in sign language, of course. Also, in case you’re wondering about the temperature inside a department store window, that shit is boiling. Looking back, I feel terribly bad for those mannequins. It’s like a perpetual shvitz fest in there. Especially now with all those layers. Sorry guys.
The mannequins and me became fast friends so I borrowed these sunglasses from one of them without even asking. She didn’t protest. I looked out into the crowd wearing them with a sign that read “Man, are you repelled?” …exactly as the photo suggests. As it happens, the man I was targeting was French and didn’t understand very much English. Lucky for him, my French speaking grandmother stood right in front of him and translated the whole fiasco. Ultimately, his response was, “Americans are weird.”
Narcissus called, he wants his identity back. But come on now, how many opportunities will a woman have in her lifetime to see a blown up version of herself wearing a onesie inside a window that she will have access to? I’m hoping for myself, at least a couple more. But you never know, so I went in for the kill.
Voila, here’s a glimpse at the finished product. Prints, lots of them. Hats. Neon sunglasses. Layers. Leather. Loads o’belts. There’s a turban to the far left but you can’t see her. Trust me when I tell you though, she is single.


And now in this last photo, I give you, Man Repeller and Tibi:
 The human version.
To all who came, thank you! And to those who didn’t, if you want to have a peek at a video from the afternoon, have a click here. If you don’t want to though, then just don’t. No hard feelings. Well, some hard feelings. Like a couple.
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08639833849392186961 Angel

    that's so fantastic!
    wish I could have been there.
    Keep on repellin'

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03155914158294514586 Shareena

    so cool!!! keep repelling!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05704358414632769772 london loves

    Can only agree with the comment above me! I love you! xD

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18162340735169904253 WobiSobi

    This is so great, I am so very happy for you!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10476709616251347294 Pomeline

    In the last picture of this post, I thought your blackberry was a flask. I was wondering if that organic vodka you promote was driving you to alcoholism 😉

  • http://charleneileen.com/ charlene

    amazing. better be up when i come in two weeks!!!!!!!!!!



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

    congratulations!!! the windows look amazing!

    Glass of Fashion

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10803981767713402083 panna e caffè

    congrats!! your blog is amazing and your smile is a real smile!!! i love it

    xoxo from france

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03245585246728339165 Contact

    how exciting!! congratulations


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04118277111343803905 The Fine Life

    Fun. Fun. Fun!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04723856494063232502 heatherheartsfashion

    ahaha you are awesome hilarious video and the clothes are gorgeous. congratulations!

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

    This looks like soooo much fun!! I'm so sad I couldn't make it

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18381489781965613296 purpleyawn

    AHHH heavy endorser of mixed prints i am and always love those shoes!!!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11190962132397821663 GIAA

    Now you gave me one more reason to go to bloomingdales, what a shame…



  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16317389766565505351 Bec

    haha, you are hilarious.

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

    Congrats on the window! your too funny.

    A Girl's Next Best Friend

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05667823926679328131 FashionableAsians

    LMAO and to think the French are used to women in man repelling fashion -_- That French dude sounded like a douche haha anyways congrats, looked like an awesome time!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09018752871250031380 Llara is the Little Scribbler

    I can't believe you took her sunglasses…

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

    great photographs. looks like quite a fantastic night! congrats.
    xx, http://wordbyjessie.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17278320706220458027 looney_lovegood

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17278320706220458027 looney_lovegood

    I am so jealous of all those flamingos that got to go and watch you turn inanimate objects into man repellers. My school chose THE WORST time to drag my class off to DC, when I live so freaking close to where you were. You would've been proud though–on one of the days of the trip, my teacher kept looking behind him and he thought I was an orthodox Jewish girl. Thank you Urban Outfitters.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00316118170869959136 dressperado

    I'm still giggling. Cute, funny, entertaining and stylish. What a combo!

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

    How cool is this! Congrats, girl. That's a lot of repelling in one sweaty afternoon but well worth it, no? The window is pure MR chic. Checkin' out your video now.


  • http://cocktailring.tumblr.com/ Cocktail Ring

    "Man- are you repelled?" Ha ha ha! A classic.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00959290204095275687 Di

    oh wow how cool! I wish I could see it in person~
    The poster signs are genius. BRILLIANT JOB & CONGRATS!!!
    xo Diana

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06117570524856256281 New York Don’t Leave Me

    OMG this looks like so much fun!!

    Enter My Giveaway Here!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00896638834590707229 Miss Molly

    This is so cool that you got to take part in this! Wow, you are freaking cool!


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

    awesome!! wish I could have been there to see some repelling in action.. love the window.

  • Anonymous

    you are so fucking cool

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05359487128946293599 SAMANTHA

    this is amazing!! i seriously wish i was theree!!!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02426590262383628715 Trés Awesome a Chicago Street Style Blog

    FUN! I love a good spectacle!

    Très Awesome – A Chicago Street Style Blog

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

    I love the window! What a cool project this was, such a dream… love all of the sunglasses and prints 🙂

    –Megan//The Martian Tide

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16747921195231684047 Francesca

    i adore your shoes!!


    Le Kiss Kiss- Click Here!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09102820419202018332 wale

    OMFG…Your shoes are better than any of my flamingo's feet (like many man repellers out there, I have several pairs of flamingo's feet…or should I say flamingo's shoes?)anyhow……so in love with your shoes!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02336362746341690208 V

    how exciting! lovin' the white leopard blazer on the mannequin, & your pants!!!

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

    You knocked the ball out of the park with the window display, and love how you stole the sunglasses. And your shoes are totally killer.

    much love.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11519884084613665286 Ashley
  • http://slindig.blogspot.com/ Sarah Lindig

    OMG shoes.

    need i say more?


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02351869206880031770 Yevgeniya Yelkina

    congrats on all of your success! youre a true inspiration to all of us


  • http://belighter.wordpress.com/ BeLighter

    Love when you hide away from that elder gentleman!
    Congrats girl!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16629698454725064610 Anna

    so amazing, congrats! xx


  • http://www.bellissimostyle.net Megan Abigail Chandler

    Fabulous opportunity and fabulous pants!!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17509979238505917648 Ana

    This is so great, I am so very happy for you!!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17509979238505917648 Ana


    http://anacantalice.blogspot.com/ <- FASHION BLOG IN BRAZIL

  • http://chelseasgirl.wordpress.com/ chelseasgirl
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06083769840370286757 Hot Pink Combat Boots

    How exciting! Love the shoes and all of the gorgeous photos. You look like you would be a ton-of-fun to hang out with.

    Michelle 😉

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13874703537637521080 sooz

    check out solifestyle's coverage of the event! the tibi fashion was gorgeous!! http://www.solifestyle.com/2011/05/man-repeller-x-tibi-bloomingdales-nyc.html

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07084434035378797267 jennysanzo

    freaking love your shoes… and this whole thing was awesome… wish I could have been there… you continue to crack me up… bravo!

  • Anonymous

    girlfriend, this is so major!

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

    amazing great job and you look amazing love your outfit!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12347329353442093349 Michelle Lee

    amazing 🙂 love your outfit

    (i need some opinions on my blog post's lengths,
    do you prefer one long post which i normally do, or do you think several short posts per day sound better?)

  • http://aptandamsterdam.blogspot.com alice

    i need to stop reading your blog at work because i start snorting and weezing, holding in my laughter.
    hands down, the smartest, funniest blog on the net!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10796100823508897390 Tayler

    those shoes. i have no words. except: WOWZA!!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03429968469338580701 Cristiana Nunes

    I love your shoes!