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Leandra Medine | December 9, 2011
In what is perhaps the best thing to happen to New York City since the Statue of Liberty, Sandro and Maje have finally set up shop on this side of the globe. See what I just did there? France! The Statue of Liberty was, durrrrr, a gift from just there and has arguably become the single most recognized representation of our city. Alas, it’s time now we adopt another gift from the French and embrace the effortless and utterly chic nature of their innate style. Yes sure, we’ve seen a taste of it engulf our inhabitants via Isabel Marant, who has been carving a path since but two summers ago when the unanimous street style photographer’s wet dream come true set up shop in Soho. Obtaining the I-don’t-even-care-what-I-look-like-I’m-just-so-damn-chic though, has come with quite the hefty price tag, enter Bleecker Street and more popularly Bloomingdale’s most prized new conquests. Still not cheap per se, but at least slightly more attainable. Now, earlier this fall, I worked with Refinery 29 to help celebrate the newly renovated Bloomingdale’s which meant one thing and one thing only: vive le French labels. It’s dangerous, really. See below.

The installment we composed came in three flights. Number one included a styling session by me, for me: several moto-silhouettes, combinations of bold color, and spiked details were involved.  
The second flight included myself styling none other than M-M-M-Molly, the superstar intern who can tap dance, juggle and trend forecast in one. She got the kiss of brocade pant, snake print blouse first, and then an awesome velvet figure skating dress worn over a dark denim blouse. And then finally:
Refinery 29’s own Gina obtained her crash course in repelling which included the most rad pair of Rebecca Taylor leopard print wood heel booties on planet earth. I was particularly keen on layering a plaid blouse and leopard print sweater under a sequin embellished jacket (right). All in all, fun was had and that’s always the ultimate goal. Should you want to, you can peep the full stories on Refinery here, here and here. All photos by Mark Iantosca.
  • Donna

    great post! i love the jacket in the 2nd outfit <3

  • modelovers

    Great!!! Love your Pictures…


  • Julie Khuu

    Love that last look…casual and cool yet totally wearable! Every gal's got a denim shirt to layer, build the set from there…awesome job Le!

  • Pretty Kitty Publishing

    I think it is moments such as these when size matters. The pics are too fab – and too small – IMHO – !

    Can you make them bigger, please?

  • Trips & Treasures

    Cool post ! I really like both Sandro & Maje
    new outfit post + christmas wishlist

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  • carethewear

    That's one cool arrival!! Great pics!!

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  • Habiba. J

    WOW, sounds great and you did a wonder job at teaming with Rifinery29. If you get a chance do check out my blog, I have interesting fashion posts you might love to read.

  • Pretty Kitty Publishing

    Oh, I see. There are bigger shots on the Refinery 29 site, non? What a lovely collabo!


    the last look is good!

  • Vasilieva

    these looks are so cool

  • Lia

    i love the color blocked outfit!

    Glass of Fashion

  • Bri

    The black overcoat + tailored pants look is my favorite. Love all the photos!

  • Holly

    Oh, I love those tailored pants with the leather detail!…. Christmas list….


    Looks like so much fun!


  • Anonymous

    die for sandro and maje. die.

  • Angela Leberte

    awww i love you leandra! :)


  • Kate
  • Collections

    Loving the outfits and Sandro is one of my fave brands.

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  • Fashion-isha

    oooh! I love you in the colorblocking! Looks like so much fun!

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  • Alice McGenniss-Destro

    great post! i'm still obsessed wit the colour blocking trend, makes life so much more fun! x

  • Naina

    You, my good Repeller, are now proclaimed the Colorblock Queen. This is in fact a real title in the Land of Man Repelling, where you are so obviously the boss.

  • Melissa

    the outfit with the leather jacket is my fave!

  • La Petite Olga

    I'm next week in Paris and these are the two stores I'm for sure going to visit!

    xx Olga
    La Petite Olga

  • Style Croissant

    In Paris Sandro and Maje are sooo popular along with similar ones like The Kooples and Iro, but I have to say it's still a bit expensive for me ! But at least it's beautiful to look at :)

  • QA Create

    Anything involving French fashion, I am all up for. Looks like you had a great time!

  • Tayler

    Love this post!! Refinery29 is awesome and I love all the collabs you do

  • The Closet Clause

    I have said it and will say it again I am in love with these two French labels Maje and Sandro THEY ROCK MY WARDROBE!! And I have that green jacket you are wearing but you have truly rocked it with that cobalt blue skirt!! ACE!

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