Red and Fuschia, Fuschia and Red

Leandra Medine | November 21, 2011
Winter just got a whole lot mo’colorful. Hat by Tibi, scarf by White & Warren, sweater by Thakoon, sunglasses by Christian Dior.
It’s a stupid silent rule that brights are colors only reserved for warmer days. Without wearing something to blind the people around you, what good is a season, or life, anyway? And look, I’m not trying to suggest that I pioneered any sort of trend that would celebrate an uncharted merge betwixt red and pink, pink and red, a color combination most previously dubbed unwearable, ridiculous, off beat–you know, like brown and black before Prada gave it the big fat go-ahead. But I will say that the notorious bright pink fringed shoes…yes, yes, the ones that look like baby ponies birthing drag queens, may or may not have been combined with anything red my closet retained circa last spring. That said, here’s to wearing colors and winter and wearing colors during winter. Also, I know we’ve been taught by most every authority that things that are good are only good in moderation but that’s not true about layering clothes or mixing loads of color. So go big or go home. Alone.
…Speaking of going home alone, I guess right now, underneath this image of me in my most attractive-to-the-male-eye pose, is as good a time as any to tell you something important. Honesty is the best policy and since you are virtually my best friends ev-or (see what I did just there? I love a good pun,) it’s time to spill the white beans about a certain friend, who is a man. Yes, it’s true. He is a man, he is a friend, he’s a man friend. He contributes to my arm parties, thinks sequins rock and drinks a certain drop crotch kool-aid I may or may not have single-handedly concocted. To put that sentiment into perspective, I offer an anecdote: [scene: girl walks into room draped in white t shirt and mauve colored silk harem pants. Black satin open-toed lace up booties on foot. Suited man notices girl, walks over to her.] “Great pants. Can I buy you a drink?” He says. “That depends, do they serve apple juice here?” She says. And from his pocket, a can of Mott’s emerged. Kidding about that apple juice bit, but you get the point. Look, I’m a fashion writer, not a comedian–stop rolling your eyes, busting my chops. This is the end of the anecdote. I’d tell you more but that’s what books are for! I’ll just note this though: I haven’t had to tuck back no crazy, compromise one single leopard print, foul word, or ounce of glitter. So you see, there’s hope: have your yeti, wear it too. And stay tuned, sucka mothas. All photos by Aram Bedrossian.
  • Mary

    NICE PICS ^^


  • Zoey H

    That last face was the perfect introduction. Congrats on your Man Friend!

  • Lauren Helen

    You look great! I always love those glasses!

  • ImportEyedea

    Ok I have never commented on your blog before right now but of all of your strokes of genius this one illuminated me the most!

    Color color and more color! And salsa to your ears and the NY cold practically rolls over and plays dead at your feet.

    heart you!

  • Olivia

    Oufff I love it!!


  • thefashionguitar

    COOL! So vibrant, love that

    XO Charlotte

  • Closet Cravings

    I really do love the color combo. I'm especially in love with the Thakoon sweater. Me wants. =)
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  • rolala

    Love it! Bright colors are meant to chase the chill away!

  • Jani

    love love love. Those glasses are sick.


  • Alisa

    Funnily enough, that's exactly the answer I give to potential men friends when approached in public places. Apple juice is somehow somewhat man-repelling 😉
    Orange and yellow is also a good combo.

  • Loulou Downtown

    haha, but you so are a comedian! Love the bright colours you are rocking so finely.

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  • Sheila

    I just rocked my bright red cords and fuchsia silk blouse yesterday! November was getting to me, so I felt a little colour was in order…

    So glad to hear that I can remain my off-the-wall self and still find a man friend. You bring me hope, dear Leandra!!

  • Poochie

    Supportive man friends are the best! I have one too. His outfit compliments are: "That looks crazy… wear it!"

  • Lia

    haha this outfit is brilliant.

    Glass of Fashion

  • Emily

    Yayy! colors and man love!!

  • Neris / Fashion Fractions

    Love this combo! Red and pink look great together!


    Fashion Fractions

  • Taye Anita

    youre hilarious, loved reading todays post! love the look too – definitely going out to get some hot pink items to mix with my reds!


  • Xoxo ☺

    Cute bright colors! Xo


    I love this. Your blog is so refreshing from others! Thank you for the humor.

  • Kate

    Love the bright clashing colours, great facial expression in the last pic!

  • Anonymous

    Nothing new, honey. Snowboarders wear eye-cancer outfits all the time :-)

  • Nevena R

    Love it!

  • Becca B

    Why does this feel like the time my parents told me that they were Santa Claus? Kidding, that's fantastic! I say boys become men when they can finally look at a drop-crotch pant on a woman without laughing.

  • nacho

    great meeting you at calypso. i'm the girl with the stache teeshirt.
    big fan of your blog.. youre so funny!

  • Haute Eyes

    You look adorable in these shots!! So comfy!


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  • Anonymous

    Oh, wow, big news! Somebody down-down here in brazil is happy for you, you are awesome and deserve all the best. lots of love

  • Jailson Rainer

    You're really look to be in a Benetton ad!!

    It was that one of ur inspirations? LOL

    great pics.

  • Caitlin

    Loved that color combo at Prabal Gurung. Love it on you more.



    you look sooo pretty in that first picture!! I personally think the scarf and the glasses make the whole outfit… are you wearing this with jeans?? I would've loved to see the complete look!!

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  • Chrissy

    I love fuschia and bright red together, no matter the season!

  • In Jackie’s Shoes

    Let's just say that, to me, you pioneered the red and fuchsia combination and did it so brilliantly that you convinced me to partake. Normally, I'm of the daring grey and black combination, so this is a bold move for me. Thank you Man Repeller! And congrats on the sartorially-daring beau!!

  • takeachicpill

    normally i'm scared of red and fuschia together, but you really rock it!;)

  • Melissa

    A new man friend is always most exciting! Get some, girl.

  • Devi

    Great pics! I love the color combo.. <3

    xx Devi

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  • luvvleighb

    I love bright colors! Especially bright blues and pinks! And I always hated that silent rule… I love the days when I overcome it anyways and wear bright colors when everyone else is wearing browns and blacks!

    Luvv, Leigh B


    what season colour rules? those colours look great!!! and make an excellent contrast to the "grey-dressed" people on the street , ha! (Stewie's voice)
    ps. nice brief-meeting you yesterday at the calypso :)

  • Chelsea

    Amazing outfit. You look like strawberry jam in human form. Yeah!

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  • vanessa (the gal)

    LOVE THESE PHOTOS! and the color combo isn't too shabby either!

    xxo, vanessa (the gal)


    Awwww happy about this whole post :)


  • Merritt

    those sunglasses are the bomb. Looking good, lady!

    xo, Merritt

    The Style Scribe

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  • Aubrey and Melissa

    Haha you are still the one blogger we will read your post the whole way through. Congrats on the boy toy, glad to hear he doesn't squash you man repelling skills. Loving the colors here, you're right why can't be wear blinding colors in the winter?

  • hannahstiff

    This is just great. Who'da thunk we'd finally pair red and pink? (outside of dressing up for Valentine's day in elementary school.) But then again look how hot color blocking is, and it's really not such a revolutionary idea at all. Like how Missoni print looks a lot like rick rack from JoAnn's fabric store… I digress.

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  • Holly

    I love this color combo! Red pencil skirt and fuchsia blouse all the way!

  • Electra & Nikolas

    they say red and fuchsia dont go together but you pull it great !!

  • Sugar with Spikes

    Great outfit and great shots they so funny!


  • Reptilia

    Love this combination!


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  • Bri

    Love it!

  • Prêt-à-Penser

    You look awesome, + I love the fuschia and orange combination


  • Leah

    Love this bold combo. These pictures are classic.

    xo L.


    LOL you are hilariousss, and i love how bright this is.

  • Shoppalu

    One of our favorite colour combos! GO bright or GO HOME!! Well done.


  • Ayanna Michelle

    I think you birthed me. If you're ever looking for an awkward, fashion journalism student to mentor, come find me.

    I love this look, btw.

    Quench Fab

  • Emmy

    Aaaaw…so happy for you, Leandra:)

  • La Petite Olga

    how cool are these pics!!

    xx Olga
    La Petite Olga

  • Natalie Live

    that last expression is come-hither gold! Sweet news on the mans and you're as bright as headlights in those stunning Dior shades. Rules schmules, fuschia and red are fabulous whether they be on heart candies or wrapped around an ironic, eccentric man repeller. Fun!

  • realelinkling

    OH MY GOOD!!!!!!!

  • Ella

    such great photos! fuchsia and red are such an unexpected combo, you pulled it off perfectly!

  • Nicole @ Giraffelegs

    Those are some serious glasses….big fan.

  • Leslie

    WIN-WIN. i think man repellers will always end up the happiest

  • Fashion Dynamite

    I miss your pink shoes already. Congratulations on the enlightened man friend!

  • Molliee

    love brights in the winter weather! you look fab as usual!


  • Sheyla

    Those Dior shades made me forget all about the Nikitas. I'm in love.

  • Angela

    One huge hug for your "bright colors in winter" policy :)


  • Anonymous

    Lucky the man who captured your heart!!!

  • Donna

    stunning colour combination, too bad pink doesn't suit me!

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  • ADJ

    I love the red and pink. LOVE LOVE LOVE.

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  • LoveE ♥

    It is an unspoken rule, but one that definitely needs to be broken! Love your look, and oooooh mysterious man who likes everything we never thought any man could tolerate – he's a keeper 😉

  • Anonymous

    winter in new york just aint winter, lovelovelove your blog though

    -Pia, freezing my ass off in Finland

  • Audrey Leighton

    love the photos- and the color obvi


  • The life after

    Super cool pics! love the choice of colours!

    The Life After

  • Anonymous

    This look is causing me "FOMO". FOMO= Fear of missing out. A man who loves your complete look also causes me FOMO 😉

  • Michelle Lee


  • Chrystal

    congrats on your man! that just means one thing. there's hope anew in this man-repelling world of fashion.

    love your blog!

  • Chia May

    wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! congrats on your man!!! anyone who loves you for you (and your awesome style) is definitely for keeps!

  • Chessa!

    here's to strong, stylish, fun, smart men who can handle an even stronger, more stylish, beyond smart and hilarious woman!

  • Noomi

    love your outfit and love how you ignore the rules. and love your (attempts of) jokes!

  • lateybirdy

    :) you look fine girl!

  • Anonymous

    you got a man? that is awesome and makes me hopeful that some day I will too

  • beckymonster

    i'm more focused on your cute story at the end <3

  • LRB

    It's Rainbow Brite, but I love it!

  • … Seriously, I’m Just Sayin’…

    absolutely love it! great colours, fabulous humour!!

  • Eva

    You are hilarious! Your blog picks me up every day, keep going!

  • TheChambrayCountess

    I don't know if the outfits or the anecdotes are more enjoyable……………but I love both! Keep up the great work 😉

  • Susan

    I don't comment often but felt inclined…you are lovely and more importantly, brilliant – fashionably and comically.
    I think he's one lucky guy!

  • Ally

    Well don't you just look super cozy and cute!!

  • Moni

    the most awesome combintaion!! :) I looove these colour together..

  • kmbleich

    You look like a GAP advertisement from 1998.