The Blazer, The Launch Party, The Recap

by Leandra Medine
November 18, 2011
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I know it may seem like I am trying to wipe you clean of your cash money with these abundant design collaborations but that is not in fact the case. I’m just in it to have blazers inscribed with neon letters that read, “Love, the Man Repeller” on the inside (see below,) or dresses with dropped waists that make me look like a log (I stole this log sentiment from a commenter yesterday, it was a good one.) Or…you know, shoes that look like they are in a perpetual state of peace a la acupuncture. Still, I can see why you may think I am doing the former. It’s been a full week of pretending I’m a designer and gleefully living to tell about it. Last night marked an event that would celebrate the aforementioned neon letters.
See, neon! In cahoots with Alex & Eli to help them celebrate their Tailor Shop, I designed a dark green wool-crepe blazer with navy suede sleeves and neon inscriptions on the interior. I fought with myself back and forth about having the inside say “Love, The Man Repeller” or “Lady Boner” but then I realized that if I ever hear the term lady boner again I will probably slit my own wrists so I did what would prevent the slitting of my wrists and went with Love, TMR. The silhouette (butt length) was inspired by Stella McCartney and the body’s material, (wool crepe,) inspired by an old Carven jacket I have and lurve and nurture like a newborn baby. Aside from the obvious fun detail: suede sleeves that make wearing vests fun again, there’s one that’s more fun, and that is: hairy balls for zippers!
See what I mean? See what I mean? These will make for great conversation and while to the naked eye this jackets seem an opportunity to repel, it may in fact induce adverse effects. See: “Man I love these hairy balls.” On to the fun now: last night the Alex & Eli girls and myself hosted a party at Soho House’s library to celebrate the launch.
We pre-produced a whole bunch of blazers and sold them at the event. Drunk shopping is an interesting experience, I learned this last night and now salute Apple for planting a store smack a mid meatpacking district wanderers. Nothing says “shit, this night was awesome!” like a brand new iPad, iPhone or iMac. They don’t call it the genius bar for nothing, eh?
Me with the Alex & Eli girls. Blazer in the flesh, blazer in the flesh.
Sorry, I just can’t stop flashing my signature. It’s a weird thing to have your own name be sewn into your jacket…even weirder to recognize your own name as “The Man Repeller.” DANNIJO comes to support the other end of another birth canal separated from her mother’s.
Party comers shmooze and try on jackets. That’s pretty much all they do, shmooze n’ try, try n’ shmooze. One antisocial unicorn–and when I say unicorn–I mean horse with cob of corn on center of head acts anti-social on her telephone toward the right hand side of this screen. We’re looking at you, Amelia.
jeans: Levi’s, t shirt: A.L.C., blazer: Alex & Eli x Man Repeller, clutch: Rebecca Minkoff. Photos via Guest of a Guest
And alas…it ain’t a Man Repeller post without an outfit photo. Right? Here, please find me leaning against the Timberland knockin’ Burberry jacket wearing photo freak, Aram Bedrossian, to show him my sweet Christian Louboutin sample sale find. Never produced shiny turquoise pumps with back chain. $200. Aram asking me if they’re Alaia? Priceless. Mainly because he’s so straight, it’s weird. Finally, I offer this, should you find yourself interested in obtaining one of the jackets, have a click here. It retails for $535 but regardless of whether you take the plunge or not, I love you. Happy weekend! See you Sunday?
REPLIES
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04829894196706013641 What is Reality Anyway?

    I need that. leather sleeves, come on!

  • http://www.injackiesshoes.blogspot.com In Jackie’s Shoes

    So, will you be a full-time designer sometime soon? At this rate, it's inevitable. And I'm fully waiting on the MR handbag you teased us about yesterday.

    I love that everywhere I go I'm seeing the Man Repeller– Calypso, WWD, Polyvore, Dannijo, etc., etc. I can't get enough repelling straight from the source! May the repelling go on and on and on and…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14540013757712828351 Britt+Whit

    love it! how exciting! congrats, def the perfect blazer!

    love from San Francisco,
    Britt+Whit

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13551019250087056230 Jennifer

    oh my god, i love your hairy balls. i am a poor student, but if i win the lottery tomorrow i will buy that jacket immediately x

  • Anonymous

    "ARE THOSE HAIRY BALLS, OR ARE YOU JUST HAPPY TO SEE ME ?"

    The jacket – and THE BALLS – are totally covered in AWESOMESAUCE!

    =^..^=

  • http://stylecroissant.blogspot.com/ Style Croissant

    I have to say, I may have critisized your dress yesterday but this blazer is GORGEOUS !! I like the special man repeller details like the hairy balls. I only wish it was cheaper but, oh well, it's nice to look at :)
    great job !

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

    please don't retired lady boner. it's my favorite. that jacket is amazing. i will not be making the $535 splurge. make me something for $150 and i'll buy two of them. and stop with the "pretending to be a designer" schtick. you know you're good at it :)
    http://www.indieelectronicalternative.com/

  • http://hauteeyes.com Caitlin

    Love the neon branding!! Sweet idea! Have a great weekend!

    xo
    Caitlin
    http://hauteeyes.com

  • http://mstwirlyskirts.com Molliee

    looks like a blast and wish I could have been there!!

    xoxo
    molliee
    http://mstwirlyskirts.com

  • http://www.fashionhodgepodge.com Tammy Trujillo

    You. Are. The. Best. Pure awesomeness all around.

  • http://www.profreshstyle.com Christina of profresh style

    yessssssssss.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02532025846080696690 Xoxo ☺

    Fabulous! Xo

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

    It's amazing I love the neon "love, the man repeller"! pretty expensive, I wish!

    http://www.dragonnfruit.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01406688056052163694 Mary

    FANTASTIC…WONDERFUL LOOK…WITHOUT WORDS !!!

    KISSES FROM ITALY http://www.thelastillusion.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18277998746503354624 Jasmine Nicole

    I love the hairy balls :-)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07176590100848026280 Carmo

    hairy balls.. genius! ;) great blazer ;)

    http://www.carmoavantchanel.com

  • http://www.theprettydish.com Carla

    1 – congrats, love the jacket. 2- your wit is off the charts. Just sayin – credit should be given where credit's due. Laughed out loud on the train upon reading "butt length."

    Carla (www.theprettydish.com)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14175109361864026758 Tori

    So cute! I love the logo inside!!

    http://www.mythriftychic.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00602003738937859767 Augusta

    AAHHH neon letters + blazer!!! I feel a DIY coming on…..

    runswithlipstick.blogspot.com
    xoxo
    augusta

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18116142686756317718 Our Youth

    Ahh, haha. I love your blazer!

  • http://teresasglobaladventures.wordpress.com/ Teresa

    Wow, loving the suede sleeves! Neon signature amazing also, I'm starting to wonder if I could personalise my own clothes in a similar fashion…
    http://teresasglobaladventures.wordpress.com/

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

    That dual-toned blazer is gem. The personalized touch is the cherry on top. x

    http://www.TheFancyTeacup.com

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

    wow, what a great blazer! I love all the nifty details.
    who knew…balls on zippers on a blazer. very coooool~
    If only I had a disposable income, I would totally buy this darling jacket!
    love where you're going with everything and what you're doing :DDD
    xoxo Diana

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

    Amazing blazer

    International giveaway @
    pinklemonincrystal.blogspot.com

  • james

    On the Hanukkah list for night #1. What are the lace up's in the first shot?

  • http://vanillachic.wordpress.com/ vanillachic

    amazing blazer!! I want one I want one I want one!!

    http://vanillachic.wordpress.com/
    http://vanillachic.wordpress.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08227161878482887061 Cookie
  • Anonymous

    That looks hot, hairy balls and all. I just wondered, why don't you do a green fashion collaboration or outfit? Hemp underwear is a great way to repel:)

  • anne marie

    Congratulations !! I love the jacket and your shoes (as usual !!!!)
    You're very very beautiful !!!

  • http://mannequindevitrine.blogspor.com Jacqueline

    You did such a great job on that blazer -ME WANT!

    Love, Jacqueline from Mannequin de Vitrine

    http://www.mannequindevitrine.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08802460803153602951 karina

    wow~super))

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07649100721033868817 Feelgoodlookcute

    I love your DIY blazer!!!!!!!! It's soooo cute!
    xxx
    Miriam
    Feelgoodlookcute.blogspot.con

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00446985980264122608 mycloset

    That is a piece of art! wowwwww! Want it badly!!!
    The Man Repeller rocks!!
    http://mycloset-mycloset.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03001490403699458982 ﻌFashionQamarﻌ

    loooove it!!!!Want it!!:D

    http://fashionqamar.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.modelovers.de modelovers
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15848228991056695673 Raspberry and Rouge

    That is so cool! XO Rebecca

    http://raspberry-rouge.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15781194660847880001 JAYNE

    Blazer looks amazing. Perfect hit of neon!
    You must be so proud.

    jayne
    http://www.blamejayne.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10418547238996143646 YoUngLiNgToN
  • http://thrillofthechaise.com/ thrillofthechaise.com

    Love it. And how happy do you look?! :) Can't wait for the party tomorrow!

    Kate

    http://www.thrillofthechaise.com

  • Anonymous

    where are the metal-toed shoes from in the photos outside the met??

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10481636797002502247 jessica

    shoes and jacket are hot!

    http://thisisenglandye.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02890861516258147322 MarisaGray

    the only thing bad that ever happened to neon was john mayer singing it. this blazer fing rocks. xx

    http://chandelierandtuft.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08315210491025721798 Ashley

    "Genius bar" ahahahaha you're too much! Would love to have one of your blazers. Very well designed!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04007364825338739929 The life after

    These pics are so much fun! Your blazer is super.

    The Life After

  • http://runningintherainn.blogspot.com/ Serea

    Somedays, I wear exactly like you right now. love Jackets and highels with jeans ;)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05345225002773583958 Sabina

    Wow congrats on the jacket design–so exciting. And the party looks like it was fab.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06935177585934005255 Habiba. J

    WOW, that jacket is incredible. I love the "hairy balls" and the the two tone and the color. It's perfect, you should probably do a collabaration where it can be affordable for anyone. I would love it if you checked out my blog, I have interesting fashion posts you might love to read.

    http://www.thegirlinredheels.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15157331294725300872 jas

    awesome jacket! can't afford :(
    looovveee the shoes! what a great bargain!

    http://jas-tidbits.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01369678322966827279 samantha erin

    I sure do wish I had that much money laying around…

  • http://www.thefashionguitar.com thefashionguitar

    Really nice blazer!! Did the DIY with the split jeans, thanks for the inspiration!

    XO Charlotte
    http://www.thefashionguitar.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11232286970190502923 Henna Bagga

    Wish I could afford the blazer…
    Killer heels!
    underneaththeclothes.blogspot.com

  • Anonymous

    next time make something more affordableeeeee! (and make lots of ur fans happy :D :D)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03796327501015196092 Katarina Devine

    Omg that blazer is great!!! Totally made the christmas wish list! <3

    Kat
    adevinelifestyle.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17926676963361210046 Style Dilettante

    Oh my – how I wish I'd been wearing that when I feasted on balls last Tuesday. (My friend has a gourmet meatball truck… nothing sexual implied!)

    http://www.inherentstylela.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04700294011788884566 Guenda

    lovely photos! I like them! :)
    http://guendastoptoptips.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.deannachristineblog.com/ deanna christine

    beautiful, happy photos!
    http://www.deannachristineblog.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06627752908239237433 Angel Nicole

    highway robbery

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

    Cool jacket design. Love that there is a secret inscription on the inside, like a private joke.

    http://thefoolishaesthete.blogspot.com

  • Anonymous

    Love your design and creativity… suede sleeves, neon writing, furry balls..
    it's pure awesomeness… yes, it's expensive but nothing is cheap nowadays so : two thumbs up!!!
    congrats, you are amazing

  • Anonymous

    I like. Can't afford, but like all the same. Are the "hairy balls" detachable? Sorry. Had to ask.
    (And asking about taking the balls off is a total man repeller, right?)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09383840833706569858 Ella

    such a great blazer! i love the design, from the navy blue tasseled pom-poms to the lime green words on the inside!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01514627554329642237 Vasilieva

    that blazer looks super cool, loved the neon inscription

    http://www.vasilievablog.com/
    x

  • Anonymous

    L O V E

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09893100748019929496 Chelsea

    That jacket kills! And the rat rail/bow tie beside it…also killer. You rock.

    chelseakstovall.blogspot.com

  • Beth

    I'm starting to tire of this blog being a commercial for things you've done.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08813269203887879585 Trips & Treasures

    The jacket is great, very original
    but simple enough to wear often

    http://www.tripsandtreasures.blogspot.com
    fashion & lifestyle in Belgium

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

    Love the blazer and drunk shopping is a huge no no hahaha.

    Fashionable Collections

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00273517365832446003 Melissa

    I want that jacket!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18031047278176756776 Nahar & Nazia

    SUCH a cute blazer. and i love the neon lettering 8)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02756585515065845268 Aubrey and Melissa

    Neon branding is so perfect for something designed by you. Loving this!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00529559263104583300 Petey

    Ah, from blogger to logger, all thanks to one red dress! This is MUCH better – love the mix of fabrics, colors, and length. Not sure about the hairy balls, they might be like big cat toys attached to your wrist and grow irritating after awhile. But the jacket and the Loubs, rocking!

  • http://pickyc.wordpress.com/ Picky C

    Oh I love you and your blog! Hugs from India!! xxx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06170231748460848663 Do You Desire?

    i really and truly love the jacket!! wish i had the spare change lying around ;) GREAT JOB GIRL!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00330711988863701232 Caitlin Anne Nelligan

    you made reality out of the jacket i've been dreaming of all fall… (i hadn't reached the hairy balls part in my daydreams, but total kudos on that one).

    is there aaaany chance you could do a giveaway for one of thee jackets?? if i begin saving now, i may be able to afford one in july. sweat plus suede = depressing.

    congratulations!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02392488127083764431 Lea

    ohhh your own designed jacket!!! i want to do this too. the pics are nice..! i like your style to do things :-D

    FOLLOW!?
    http://stil-werk.blogspot.com/
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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11619602287054788529 Amuna

    Amazing blazer! Love it!!

    http://soul-seele.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10456902592654842689 Alison

    love love love the blazer!

    <3 Alison
    alisonscampusfashion.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07158321524378092859 Lisa

    I love guys wearing Timberlands. Oh and that blazer is beyond amazing! Haha only you could come up with neon letters on the inside of a blazer. Love it.

    Love, Lisa

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05137238505542889682 ADJ

    I am loving this blazer. What a great idea and how inspiring. Really wonderful.

    http://www.greeneggsandglam.blogspot.com

  • http://amyisaces.blogspot.com/ Amy

    I LOVE YOUR BLOG!!!! I think I might have a bit of a girl crush as well. You are my style inspiration. I have sent your Mr. G. Blazer to everyone I know.. I will be sporting it by the holidays!!!! Thank you for sharing your great style and humor

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15235755566305774338 Audrey (hkittygirl)

    I actually really like the jacket you designed. My friend has this hair tie from Japan that has furry balls on them, so whenever she wears it, we make tons of ball jokes! XD

    I wish I had a straight guy friend that I could talk fashion with. Actually, he doesn't have to be straight. I just want a guy friend that I can talk fashion with.

  • Anonymous

    your blazer is beautiful and very functional
    and the shoes…. outtathisworld!!
    love

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14563964329148365207 Laetitia

    What I love is your necklace! Beautiful!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15057101385427278906 The little world of fashion

    This blazer is amazing!
    xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12513633271037130634 Farhaaa

    Love the blazerr!!!!

    Check out and follow my blog:
    http://aaperception.blogspot.com/

  • http://luvvleighb.wordpress.com/ luvvleighb

    Love that you put your signature inside the blazer! Perfect!

  • Anonymous

    where can i find CL sample sales in NY?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17735896581791951670 takeachicpill

    love the blazer you designed, so interesting and cool!:)

    http://takeachicpill.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04064124545660877435 Leonie

    I love your Necklace :D from which Brand ?xx

  • http://giraffelegs.com Nicole @ Giraffelegs

    Can you puhhleasee do an eyebrow tutorial!? Because I seriously love the look of yours!!

    giraffelegs.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18067750860210604757 Hayley Campbell

    LOVE the hairy balls, excellent choice!

  • http://www.bostonfrownyface.com Whitney Soup

    hahaha great jacket

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00834760361175097428 beckymonster

    i'm digging the blazer, but it's the necklace that i want!

  • http://www.kimberlytaylor.com Kimberly Taylor

    Such an amazing night! LOVE the collaboration!!!
    xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04963910377565543806 LA RUE

    BEautiful Jacket! Congrats on this really cool experience!

    Dlight from Paris
    LA Rue A Du Style
    http://www.larueadustyle.com

  • http://fashionprose.wordpress.com/ fashionprose

    I'm blazer and jacket obsessed… this is absolutely amazing. FUCKING NEED IT!

  • Lucy

    You should probably send me a blazer for free. No joke I would wear it everyday up in this SLC bitch.

    Seriously. I'd prolly take a 2 unless the shoulders are really snug. lucyfoodie@gmail.com

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