Raise Cache: The Dress that Gives Back

Leandra Medine | November 17, 2011
In this day and age fashion and tech have created such an organic bond with one another based on the mere fact that, you know, fashion start-ups, blogs and social media networks are dominating our scene. No really, we’re kind of like the Justin Bieber of fashion journalism: popping out as amateurs, out of nowhere, making little-to-no sense and then, before you know it, we’re baby mamas pissing everyone off, everywhere. But back to fashion and tech being bonded like sister and brother., it shouldn’t be such a surprise that tonight would mark a first Fashion Show organized to raise money for tech start-ups based in New York to benefit HackNY. Fancy New Yorkers not unlike one of my favorites, Carol Han, will take part as models in the fashion show in question while others, not unlike myself, will have designed the very garments these models will wear.
And let me just say today is a big day in terms of MR design collaborations. I will be at the Soho House tonight celebrating a blazer I’ve designed for Alex & Eli just before the Raise Cache event. I can practically wear head-to-toe Man Repeller these days. I don’t have a purse though. Who wants to collaborate on a purse? Jack, Laz, is that a yes? …And I just know you want to see what’s up my ruched sleeve, roight, roight? Good. Look no further than just one small scroll!
And, voila! Part inspired by Dries van Noten’s spring collection, part by the mere fact that holidays they are a’coming and ladies, we need dresses, I give you: the dropped peplum.


I’ve partnered with Lineby, a company that manufactures clothing designed by “New York City tastemakers”–their words, not mine–to create this here garment. 100% of proceeds of $220 dress will be donated to HackNY and in my opinion, it–as in, the dress–is just the perfect combination of chic and Repeller and should answer any and all questions you may have had about holiday dressing. As a plus, it will wear really well with antlers.



Worn alone, it will produce the same wow-effect though I would suggest sprucing up the red taffeta with a leather (or utility, or denim, this decision is ultimately yours) jacket and shoes that cover half the foot. Heavy accessories are not optional. Now, in light of the momentous occasion at hand, the folks at Lineby would like to offer a 20% discount code (enter LB20 at check-out) valid only through tomorrow should you decide to purchase the dress. Clicky, clicky, for that.


all photos by Naomi Shon
And come on, people. It is just screaming buy me, buy me! I love red! And Dries! And start-ups! No pressure though.
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13829535931355646962 Fashion By He

    i dont see the manrepeller in this outfit

    -He approves

    Fashion by He

  • http://thenauticalwheeler.wordpress.com Nautical Wheeler

    Love the color! ~jen

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17440890903889505967 Mediterraneo fashion

    necklase is mmmmmm,,,great!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01657102858137513991 Candy

    Love the way you style this! Arm party rocks as usual 🙂


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13501329400754479396 Erika

    beautiful outfit! I love it!!

    My Free Choice

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06751056646800096858 nicole

    Gorgeous. I love a drop-waist. And the styling is great, as always. I also like it belted on the model on the lineby site. So pretty! Good job, you. xo.

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

    I love wearing anything red during this time of year, this looks so festive on you. I would love it if you checked out my blog, I have interesting fashion posts you might love to read.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15038819468482382014 Eva

    That's not really manrepelling 😉 But you look absolutely fab, I love the drop waist. 🙂


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14194815440194123998 CupcakesOMG!

    i am dying for this dress!!! so excited for you…
    but where's the discount code??? i clicky clickyied on the link and didn't see it…?


  • http://goeslightly.com Holly

    Beautiful! Love the idea of a dropped peplum- well done!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08506194951430237349 Ana B

    i think the dress by itself is man repelling cause it doesnt accentuate the covers of a womans body…the styling helps it become more attractive though.

    Ana B

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09174635508282439492 Olivia

    That leather jacket is ridiculous, my jaw just went straight down to the floor! gorgeoussssss


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17043270198827952192 Jasmine Johnson

    Beautiful jacket !


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12918661464750203232 Doni Brown
  • http://www.kimberlytaylor.com Kimberly

    The epitome of chic!

  • http://www.ohmunrowe.blogspot.com Justin Livingston

    Love this! Thanks Lele!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06841237588940938787 Lydia

    Wow, that dress is a man-repeller if I ever saw one.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06275266418862832332 Mary

    yes I agree with Ana. Dress = shapeless and pretty man-repelling… may even be a little blah. However, that jacket and those arm parties keep it rockin.

  • http://hauteeyes.com Caitlin

    Love the color of the dress!! And my god – – the jacket, shoes and bracelets?! Really could you be more annoying — its all to die for!! Love love love!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00107482804004457216 Carla McCarthy

    That's a rock outfit, especially the chuncky jewelry! Congrats for the dress!
    Another follower! 🙂

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05325730962858684220 Aahna

    Lovely dress and of course, congratulations! Lets help HackNY.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06056490392212965889 De todo y nada

    Totally agree, it's quite horrible…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14194815440194123998 CupcakesOMG!

    i put my order in!! i think the dropped peplum is sickening!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11059775998363519154 Caitlin

    Metaphorical drop-crotch for a dress. Nothing repels men more! That looks like my high school prom dress. Oh, and I'd keel over and die if you paired with Proenza.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13248457257839392171 Nuit

    Couldnt agree more with He!!! nothing repelling about this! xxo

  • http://www.closetcravings.com Closet Cravings

    Love the Valentino sandals. And I wouldn't mind seeing you design a man repeller bag. Things could get interesting. 😉
    Satisfy Your Cravings For Celebrity Style and All Things Stylish and Sweet

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12134315525027464872 E V E L Y N

    i love your jacket! x

    p.s xmas giveaway on my blog!

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

    AMAZING DRESS! So pretty! And perfect with that leather jacket! XO Rebecca


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

    so cool that you designed your own dress! and loving the accessories as usual 🙂

    <3 Alison

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

    nice!!! great 'bling bling'… i love!!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01584461828380920045 Lana Hunt

    A menswear designer friend of mine just did a line of pants with dropped hemlines… and I LOVE it!! This color looks fantastic on you. Great job.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04084967155915780511 Mix of Styles

    adore the dress, perfect look. congratulations!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07553818969449936627 Susan

    MR: I love you, I really do, but that's not a peplum, it's a pleated drop waist. I actually think it would look better–and even more man-repelling–as a true peplum.

    However, the styling is killer (per usual) and I love the color.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06740019477485498393 Bespoke Biddie

    Lol a dropped peplum is defiantly repell worthy


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02729563903327593014 Damar Rivillo

    the shoes and the jacket are my favorite pieces of this look… and the accesories and the… what tha hell, love everything of this look…

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

    I love every bracelet!!

    The Life After

  • http://thrillofthechaise.com/ thrillofthechaise.com

    Love it. A gorgeous shade of red.



  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02890861516258147322 MarisaGray
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08802460803153602951 karina

    great look)

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

    i love that your blogging has allowed you to start designing. because girl, you got talent!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04120138210360640040 Amanda Markiewicz

    Beautiful look! I loved the jacket!

    Blog The Sisters Style


  • http://ladylikeness.blogspot.com rachael

    i wanna do a leather jacket with a dress!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10714369946472447288 Anna Muchart.

    wooooow, lovely shoes*_*!!!!
    xoxo A,

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09022203116142439305 modern Suburbanites
  • http://www.blondevivant.com Blonde Vivant

    Congrats! it's great that you are lending your support and talents to such a great cause…and the dress is fab!

    <3 Blonde Vivant

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

    I love this outfit! 🙂
    Guenda http://guendastoptoptips.blogspot.com/

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

    aw congrats this is so amazing! love the dress, i would most definitely wear it with antlers x

  • http://www.people.com Mara

    I don't find this dress to be flattering at all…sorry!

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

    Okay first of all the dress isn't that compelling to me and then I'm kind of tired of your ads and shout-outs to companies, seriously about half of your posts right now are commercials. I know your blog is your income but please try and make it more subtle.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11171110021542565280 Shoppalu

    Your hardware is beyonddd! We are in love with DANNIJO right now.


  • http://blog.bungalowco.com/ Sally

    This dress is gorg, if not for big yabbos I would be snatching it up today! (very reasonable price, by the way.)

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

    the color of that dress is amazing, and I love the jacket..but let's not forget those BADASS SHOES.


  • daniellemc

    good job! warning…this dress accentuates your hip-region which (i have read…in books) attracts men. their subconscious says, "hey she probably makes good babies". that's science. 🙂

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

    adore the jacket and that dress is simply beyond stunning


  • http://www.glamcake.net Devon

    The dress is amazing, but I'm not sure I could pull it off with the same panache that you have… 🙂

    What a great cause, though. I love that that is the charity you picked. It's a bit different, which suits you. See: aforementioned dress.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07988668595963533305 Jenny

    You are just gorgeous, the way you style yourself – amazing! Really love this outfit!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14001809050902751430 Bri

    Wow, love the dress!
    And that arm party…droool.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11052508299800747348 CynthiaC

    Love the jacket, not sure about the dress – doesn't really show off your shape and looks a bit boxy to me. Just my honest opinion.

  • http://adahliavolk.wordpress.com/ adahliavolk

    Wow! All of these collaborations are awesome. Dress is fantastico! Happy for ya! You are most definitely a 'tastemaker'

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03961268464458851788 Superblondeep

    love your jacket 😉

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15006388232410821200 Skinny Moonstick

    Wow, you made it! Awesome dress! I wish I could come to your Arm Party… 🙁 maybe I'll make the next one!
    Good luck!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07019179095730808204 Laura

    I'm so in love with your jewelry! xxx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03478806963221576991 Fashionista

    Great look! Fabulous shoes!

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

    ahh you are AMAZING. can't wait to see the blazer


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18234007927388076913 Inhale | Fashion and Beauty
  • http://mstwirlyskirts.com Molliee

    fab combo! I love the leather with this dress!


  • Anonymous

    Bravo to you for implementing the "giving back" !!!

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

    Sorry babe, while I definitely applaud the spirit of giving and I find a red dress so sexy and refreshing in a sea of interchangeable LBDs, I don't particularly find this style to be very flattering. Now, I'm not a "it must be molded to your body" kinda of gal, but I think a waistline or something is needed. You're a Skinny Minnie and this dress makes you look larger than you are. Look forward to your next collaboration!

  • Anonymous

    sooo love the red dress and how it looks on you
    I hope you succeed in raising a lot of $$ well done Leandra, you are incredible!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03981370337056088286 blackcatwildfox

    omg i love this outfit, the dress is amazing

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

    congrats on your own design! very man-repeller!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07479015467524348055 JennySue

    the way you accessorized that red dress is rad. what a neat collaboration.

  • Anonymous

    I love the dress, the waistline is different compared to most(all) dresses,but i love how cool it makes it look! It is a beautifully unique dress id wear any day! (paired with my usual arm party of course!)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07650486939448955178 lucia m

    ok that jewelry is just gorgeous!!!!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15505833843342419913 Jardzy

    Congrats babe, the dress makes you look like a log.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16478177734774320502 MsVeve

    Wow I LOVE that dress!!! It really is perfect for holidays but Ican picture it in the warmer months as well, a real winner:)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02886112221446685560 Elisa @ Globetrotting in Heels

    Gorgeous! Love it with a leather jacket,as girly dresses should be worn!

  • anne marie

    The red suits you, very much ! You're beautiful.
    Il love the shoes too and your jewelry of course (Dannijo…..!)

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

    That dress is so unflattering it's perfect for manrepelling!

  • http://www.mydailydoseofinspiration.blogspot.com Sam

    That dress is so you! Dying!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00735777121724203690 191 ORCHARD

    love this post. recent technologies have totally democratized the fashion industry. it's awesome that we all have a change to take part and be influential.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01461624503951975673 Janna

    I think this dress makes you look huge which you clearly not…not my fave look

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01732840042903658316 Penny Lane

    That outfit has my heart.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12873353132459039218 VSP

    Ok , love you each time, but there had to be a first…time.
    This dress looks so awful !man repeller you.
    Can't win everytime…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00289029432912561330 Dana

    Absolutely nothing repellant about it. Well done.

  • http://anorexicescapades.com/ anorexicescapades.com

    10's across the board for those shoes!

  • Anonymous

    The skirt is a pleated drop waist, not a dropped peplum. A peplum is a short overskirt. This dress has no overskirt at all, dropped or otherwise. love the color, though!

  • Anonymous

    dearest man repeller… You have repelled again!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03314846709272554358 Annie

    such a gorgeous look. love the leather-red- lots of jewelery- combo!

    X, Annie


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

    Love this rocker chic look!


  • http://blogmode.lauramoodley.com/ laura blog mode
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09428096323728644643 Julieanna

    Love the shoes with the dress! Great blog, adding it to my list!!

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

    I love how you've been doing all these collaborations. Must be cool to see others wear your stuff. 🙂

  • piper

    you kind of look like a dwarf in that dress

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

    Totally in love with your bracalets!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02990966128063024304 LADY REBEL

    LOVing your rouge.
    i have discovered your blog a few days a go,its exciting to wait for your updates in the other side of the blogworld.

  • http://www.thefashionguitar.com thefashionguitar

    Like the bicker jacket!!

    XO Charlotte

  • Anonymous

    love the leather jacket with red dress awesome combo

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