Explosive Prints

Leandra Medine | February 29, 2012
Tibi jacket, Uniqlo blouse, Zara pants, Miu Miu shoes. 
Flannel gingham, watercolor Navajo and horizontal stripes: it hurts the eyes, yes, but it feels so good. See, this photo was also shot before the inception of Fashion Week, during a time when the peplum was still just the peplum. A trend grazed upon somewhat heavily by important designers like Jil Sander and Louis Vuitton but not yet exploited in such an extreme capacity. The outfit feels much more genuine when I can offer that disclaimer. All that said and done though, hey, don’t these pants look Isabel Marant? They were $19.99 at Zara. Man, I love that store. Sometimes it’s the Dries van Noten, Stella McCartney, Alexander Wang, Sandro hybrid shop. Sometimes it’s just Celine. And sometimes it’s one huge sartorial copyright infringement that can’t amount for any designer in particular but is such a thorough culmination of them all, you just can’t help look the other way and smile like a little smiley face. Get it? Get it? Cue photo. For this, friends, we can only thank the heavens and Spain. Photos by Naomi Shon.
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08813269203887879585 TripsTreasures

    Once you start noticing it is crazy how much they copy from all the runwayshows, but I love what they sell and I love the affordable prices even more ! cool pants and jacket

    new outfit post

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12463023121697072678 Tina
  • http://www.modelovers.com modelovers

    You look gorgeous! Love your style!



  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05760013146823860978 Fanni Eriikka



  • http://justlikesushi.creatorsofdesire.com Joy. | justlikesushi.com

    Yess, Zara is the copy center of all the designers who are making trend items! And, yes we all love it! Sometimes you just get indulged by the items with great prices!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08892931757843285862 Stephanie Pulos
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15992012518203792325 Bonnie,Clyde and Marni…..
  • http://www.sickcitywindows.com Dani

    felt the same way when i stopped into zara the other day. hello stella mccartney resort!!!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02506560856262879665 The Daydreamer

    this is such a perfect clashing print look! <3

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05605791786567181346 Inspiration exists

    Hey, really in love with this print explosion! Have the same Marrant-ish pants, they-re freaking gorgeous for crazy experiments 🙂

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16552471224618674532 MIRIAM

    Wooooowww…explosive look! 😀

    Fashion Crazy Ball

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06741509366531467159 Camille

    I forever wonder how people like you manage to make clashing prints work.

    I am working up to being brave enough to try.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12759545260010101486 The PvdH Journal

    Youve got to love Zara, copyright infringement or not. The only problem? That you can easily look like every other woman in the world wearing certain pieces.

    Zara for me has become the equivalent of a sschool uniform (albeit much cooler than my boarding school one)

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

    And you pull it off again! FAB look!! XO

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11911346524189487467 Andrea

    wow i love those pants!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00658307537388232224 Natali

    You're so cute and I love your style!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00076142953049556670 Reptilia

    That's style!!

    Love your shoes.



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

    Amazing pants! Loving the explosive prints.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06237339378013084155 Michelle of Chellbellz

    haha, one big copyright infringment. Lucky for us it's hard to copyright Navajo Print. So many versions lol. ANyway love the outdit, and the Tibi Jacket is lovely I saw that a few times during FW.

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

    Lovely mix!

  • http://www.injackiesshoes.blogspot.com Alexandra

    I could only pull off a few pieces of this splendor at once, but on you, MR, it's f'ing rad. I love your singular eye and the fact that you walk out the front door like this. Rock on, and keep it up!!!

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

    Just, as Rachel Zoe would say, BANANAS !!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06746600455721681394 Vera

    ahahah I have exactly these pants but they cost me 7,90€ (the magic of sales)! On the other hand, the scarf with the same print cost me 17,90€…. Ups!
    I really LOVE Zara, my favorite shop (the favorite shop that I can afford I mean) and I totally agree with you, thanks to Inditex runway plagiarism we can find lace dresses reminding Erdem, blouses with collars style Miu Miu, wannabe Isabel Marant prints and jumpers, like Stella McCartney hawaiian printed skirts but for 1/10 of the price! All in the same floor! Is possible not to like this store?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17796462385727661725 Eliza

    Love the mixed prints! And the colors really tie it all together in a practical way. Plus, I dig the shoe/sock combo. So great!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04229959466275517597 valerie olivia

    Do I seriously shop at the wrong Zara? I feel like I get a migraine every time I'm in there because I can never find my size and everything good is gone! Lovely find. I'm sort of jealous I don't have these pants in my possession. Xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05942764320600245819 Julie Khuu

    The intro of stripes and gingham really help to tone down those crazy printed pants! I've been wanting them all season but knew they'd swallow my petite frame whole! This is such a brilliant way to help all bold graphics stand out and blend well…Genius!

    Peace. Love. LOL!

    Haute Khuuture.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00121363150054639517 Monique

    I love that jacket!

  • Anonymous

    Adorable, even with the shit-eating grin. Hail Zara!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02194945375898201323 Olga

    You have a unique talent to combine incredible things!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07754771070155843910 WearAbouts

    that tibi coat is really rad. I love how you can combine the most random items into a crash (or clash) of fashion! <3
    Be sure to enter my giveaway!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16425442950355137597 roha

    lovely! i'm a big zara-fan too.
    check out my blog, i think you'll like it! 🙂
    xx romi

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05882333911932324281 blue roses

    oh, zara, your description is spot on, other than your neglect of their propensity to make clothing out of plastic, synthetic fabrics. ugh. but, for the price, cannot complain if my sweater was once some remnant of a grocery bag.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18130752913629959068 Fifi’s machine

    Yes. Yes. Yes.
    That outfit is a nicely co-ordinated mess of colour.
    It makes my eyes hurt sufficiently to label it as a MAN REPELLER.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00895152914452877928 Ms.Fashionista

    Mixing patterns makes for one unique outfit! Your pants are amaze.



  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03051336013881529879 Rebecca from See Me Rwar

    I love the cut of that jacket! I've seen those pants a lot lately, but I love how this is a completely unique way of styling them.

    See Me Rwar

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05193193283523535705 Raquel Fernandes

    I had to share your Zara definition with some "Zara guys" I work. It's just perfect 🙂

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15805407856303423429 Emily Ulrich

    They really are the biggest retail sneak-cheaters! But, oh well, you gotta love 'em.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07650486939448955178 lucia m
  • http://ryannejohnson.com -this little life

    how old is this tibi jacket? Any ideas on where I can find one?!?!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01270928274656422504 Leira Zetroc

    Haha, awesomeness! I did a same post about clashing prints, too 😉 Thanks for inspiring my style =D


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06746600455721681394 Vera
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03401686887977484323 Man Repeller

    Check tibi.com!

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

    cool print combo, loving it all


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07989841420539682426 Amanda

    Love the pants!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09775624793839084671 Lisa

    Hello from Moscow 🙂

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

    OMG this is one of my favorite outfits of yours to date!!! I loooooove the print mix, but also the shapes are amazing!!! Kudos.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04833874587061441389 Lisa Griffin

    hahahah i love these pants but i totally agree! i swear last summer i walked into zara and it was a straight up copy of the entire Prada collection, color, cuts ALL
    in dramatic fashion

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02524665983291791499 Ramalhoni

    Love it! You can Mix and Match like no other. I start calling you the Mix&Match; Queen!… lol…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06168084286393759971 Jackie G.Loves

    I saw those pants on Zara like a month ago for just 10€, and there were lots of them!! I was like "why am I the only weirdo thinking they're amazing??", so, I bought them! I've been very happy with this purchase but when I've seen this pic I was like "ahhhh!! Not the only girl in the world!!" haha OK, it's Zara, what did I expect? haha

    love from Spain!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01587343827316145898 Kaitlin Mattingly

    i seriously think you are the only girl who could pull off all of these AMAZING prints.

    xo kaitlin

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14789582674267850850 wei72637

    Is it ridick that I just called the milly store inquiring about the jacket and the girl was totally confused!! Just out of curiosity, did you get it from Net a porter or the Milly store bc Ive been chasing it all afternoon!

    Thanks & Tootles!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07334515033777818147 Jo

    Twenty bucks?! Are you kidding me?? MUST-GET-PANTS—NOW!!

    Thank you so much for this. haha.



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


    Maria Onorio

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12602268350687229193 hutchisonk

    These pant are amazing! I want and NEED!
    love man repeller – witty as per!

    New outfit post!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03401686887977484323 Man Repeller

    It's Tibi!!

  • http://stalkingisallowed.com/blogpage/ StalkingIsAllowed

    Hahaha this has def happened to be before smh.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05226243830970581304 monkeyshines ♥

    fun prints!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00980670863346611503 Meganne

    Zara and H&M; seem to rule the buisness of looking-high-fashion-imitation-but-not-quite. That said, a piece that looks like celine but with a price tag ten times less? Yes please.
    Material Fixations

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08884059388253684523 Estherina

    Your print mixing skills are amazing!

    Step into Estherina's World

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02527008933557848354 Emmy

    Leandra, I don't know how you do it…this whole outfit just works! If I wore this, people would say, "Man, I feel sorry for that blind lady."

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04279567464751008383 Ines Naouali

    So cute!!! You seem to be able to pull EVERYTHING off, werk it girl! x



  • http://www.paperdolltheory.com kelly @ paper doll theory

    few people can pull off prints/patterns of this magnitude. you do it fabulously!

    love kelly


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14789582674267850850 wei72637

    Oh shoot, duh!

  • http://manupstyle.com Jamie Gillingham

    You are truly at one with the print. May your mixture of patterns bring you good tidings. ..What? You look great!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00871124968347245332 Irina Bugai

    Love your outfit! So glad that I got to buy those pants! For more looks with the navajo pants from Zara, you can visit my blog at : http://violetcatstyle.blogspot.com/2012/01/navajo-print.html

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16068572636867244753 Jess

    love those pants from Zara!!

    Check out my latest post on being bullied and bullying…i invite you and everyone else to share your stories. kisses!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13777442496597390590 Rochelle Fox

    WINNING adoring all the crazy pants coming out at the moment!!! wohhooo xx My blog- A Fox That Meows ♥

  • http://stalkingisallowed.com Stalkingisallowed

    THE SHOES!!!! #okbye
    Stalk Me Like We Stalk You.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13062072976754211228 Viv

    you have an incredible knack for mixing prints and shapes in such a way that it just looks naturally awesome.. so jealous..


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18410844490278455450 Emily

    I went to Zara while I was home in Chicago, picked up these pants, and put them down again. I've regretted it every day since. They're gorgeous and perfect man-repelling material!


  • http://vanillachic.wordpress.com/ vanillachic
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15901568084463124376 matchalattewardrobe

    It does literally hurt the eyes, totally mind-blowing.

    Zara (sigh), I could live there.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12186901125870069099 Sharon

    I love the clashing of the different prints!

    And Zara is one of my favourite shops.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09547386389107730210 Kesly

    LOVE MIXED PRINTS! I wish I could pull something like that off…


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16288432619173575521 Creativity&Chocolate

    Great look and great combination of prints. It somehow works. Love the jacket!


  • Anonymous

    loove the Tibi jacket, wonderful outfit but blue toenail should only belong to a corpse.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09877870860874538528 Sabine

    Woohooo! Love the combination of the different patterns!


  • http://www.dressedwell.co.uk Designer Clothing Online

    The stripes are great! Great combo of patterns!!

    Womens Clothing Online

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04060985715783287528 Anna

    I'm getting myself down to Zara…


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14519750136982627435 Tiana

    this is such an amazing mix of patterns! sara is simply amazing 🙂
    tiana of l'esthetique

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

    Love this whole dealio. I just bought those pants myself.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15955959778601151126 jennyjk

    i'm definitely in love with all the patterns you put together!! great combo!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13141167982326852808 Matter Of Style

    playful mix of prints, very well done!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13793464869993395400 irene

    Amancio for President! Olé!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00755411919932479925 Borjana

    It would be great if you could have a course "Prints mixing" 😉

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05555716734084058815 ~Cleo~

    I love your outfit those pants are blinding though and also the Tibi jacket is awesome i love how you mixed all these patterns its an explosion of all sorts of patterns which i love.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08316253138980986393 Blair Badge

    sweet lord have mercy. my eyes!!!!! 😉

    xoxo, blair


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18152385193630671857 Sofia Lascurain

    Everybody has the same pants and your by far the one who wore them best, you're so unique!
    xx s

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01407388004234178957 Egle

    these pants look so much like isabel marant ones. they're gorgeous and i love the way you wore them.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03524956339188381809 DashionMouse

    Tibi jacket ♥ ♥ ♥
    XO XO Dana

    dashionmouse.blogspot.com/ (hope check my blog about F)

  • http://www.papodemulheres.com.br/ paulamdc

    Eu amei o print da calça!

  • http://rucnisatoviprodaja.blogspot.com/ Rucni satovi

    You are real master. Great blog.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05483210880733789541 Lauren Boyer

    And this is that proud moment where you realize you own zara pants much like that print, if not indentical, but in a cotton drop crotch style. Ah ha.