From the Windows at Saks

Leandra Medine | March 18, 2012

Well, I’m home. And one of the great things I learned about Texas on my SXSW excursion may answer a question loads of you have posed re: repelling in severe heat. The answer is, wear whatever the shit you want. Bikini, naked, denim underwear, nothing can save your head from the perils of frizz you didn’t know not even keratin treatments can repel. It’s like looking at hair that has been in perpetual state of electrocution and then feeling weird that it’s on your head. Fun, really. And now for the window I stood inside in cahoots with Saks and Christian Louboutinto celebrate a certain red sole’s birthday last Thursday.

Celebrations typically call for makeshift hats made from stool cushions and so that’s what is happening here. Scattered around me, capsule collection shoesthat look great paired with one another but even better mix-n-matched.

Whoops, band-aid fail. I’m only human, people. And back to the sentiment attached to standing inside a window: it’s like being trapped in a small dollhouse with little to no air circulation while people watch you try things on and snap photos, and you say funny things but no one can hear you so you laugh and they don’t and all the sudden you feel like you’re back at square A: a place where you’d practice bad jokes that were actually quite good on anyone who’d listen and…crickets.

The crowd goes wild.
Just kidding, they don’t, they just stand dumbfounded wondering why there’s a lady in a window spreading her arms in homage to the return of Titanic to the big screen. In things that do, however, go wild: my FUPA. It is, after all, wearing McQueen.

Then the party ends and I have my hash tag Carrie Bradshaw moment in layers and layers of sartorial mille-feuille, waiting for a Russian man to collect me for dinner only to fall asleep. I have a hunch about that particular Russian man going back to that fancy hotel quite early, seeing the jet-lagged freak in a dress so big, the lines of flotation device vs. clothe are heavily skewed, and running the other way. I’ll save the rest of this theory for another time though. Enjoy more Louboutin paraphanalia here.

  • Rachel

    ultra glam. i love it <3

  • Rola

    It is wonderful you got to be part of the red sole celebration! I agree ppl should wear whatever they want and express themselves!

  • The little world of fashion

    The lady in the window is really cool 😉 Love your shoes!

  • Lauraa

    what nail polish is that?

  • Audrey (hkittygirl)

    Looks like you had so much fun! It's great that you get to do these types of things! 😀

  • monkeyshines ♥

    gorgeous heels!


  • Katie

    so much fun! although i would feel incredibly awkward

    instead of an elephant

  • Top Moumoute

    Looks very fun…and everyone needs at least one Carry Bradshaw moment 😉

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  • Leira Zetroc

    Homage to Titanic!! Classic! Your bandaid looks very nice against your fancy heels 😉

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  • servinupstyle

    Ah!!! I wanted to go so badly but my Mom wouldn't let me skip a day of school!
    Hopefully there will be other opportunities…


  • WearAbouts

    I love how random people are taking your picture and your just standing there, unfazed. Also, the bandaid made me smile. I sometime forget your not some super human with incredibly good looks and good dress :)
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  • Estherina

    The shoes are fantastic!

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  • StyleAnchor

    This was so much fun!! I have photos and even wrote up a little about seeing you in the window at Saks —

    Love these photos!

  • wmbg.

    love the shoes, of course.
    and your fupa is the most premature fupa ever.

  • Aubrey and Melissa

    AMAZING. Band aid fail was the first thing I noticed and genuinely made me chuckle. This looks fun though.

  • Anthology Collection

    Loved this post! Very funny, and the shoes are amazing!

  • lucia m

    you are super funny!! and you look stunning as always ..xo

  • Meganne

    I think amidst all the diffrent man repelling techniques shown on this blog, the band aid has to be the winner, no?
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  • Kelly Malka

    ohh my the bow loubs are tooooo amazing! love it

  • Bridgid

    Haha love it, you always look like you're having so much fun :) That dress at the end looks amazing too! great job 😉


    wow I wishhh I saw this!! so awesome.

  • LRB

    The band-aid is priceless.

  • .

    I imagine it would be a little weird being in a window display at first! How awesome though. I love that dress at the end, and all of the shoes made me drool.

  • maryse

    very beautiful shoes !!

  • modelovers

    Oh the shoes are awesome!


  • Yuka

    love it, looks like a lot of fun!

  • christina

    Oh acronyms. Love the toe polish dude! xxx

  • Raspberry and Rouge

    Cool dude!! Lovely week! XO Rebecca

  • Fashion Recession

    I love this post and all the things that you are wearing, especially that legging where you are spreading your titanic arms haha!!


  • TripsTreasures

    You are funny ! I really do wonder what the people on the other side of the window were thinking…
    new outfit post

  • Serea

    Love, love, love……so funny pictures and nice!!!

  • Sabine

    These pics are awesome! I totally got a little insight on how you must have felt, standing there while being watched and pointed fingers at. Like a pretty Zoo animal 😉 Combining those two heels, what a great idea! Luckily the heel height was the same though, otherwise it probably would have caused you to laugh even harder, without anyone knowing why. And the last picture, of that dress, WOW.

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  • nadja

    love it!

  • Lolita in the Mix

    How cool you got to stand in the window! Whoop whoop!


  • anna

    I agree with you on that: they are even better mix-n-matched!

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  • Bonnie,Clyde and Marni…..

    amazing shoes!!!! love this post!!

  • Vasilieva

    wow, these shots are awesome. such an awesome experience i guess, hope you had fun girl

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  • Clémence

    Leandra Only Human ??!!! NOOOOOO WAYYYY !

    Ahahah! It looks like you had so good fun in this window trying those amaaaaazing shows. The first pair looks fabulous!

    Did you leave with them?? If not, did you cry a little bit when you left?


  • Audrey

    i love this post is so funny !!!

  • Creativity&Chocolate

    Amazing post! You looked great and love that picture with you in the window 😀
    So funny!

  • Ms.Fashionista

    LOL you're so funny I can't get over it. That last shot is so Sex and the City.


  • Designer Clothing Online

    Great dress! We love the shoes!!

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  • Sharon

    I love the jacket you're wearing in the first picture!

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  • Diana

    is there a video of the entire presentation? want to see!!! show show show!

  • Mackenzie

    Beautiful! How fun!

  • Sage

    your posts always make me laugh so hard! and that's rare, for a fashion blog. that seems like such a cool experience, getting to be a human mannequin. the clothes are beautiful!

  • Sophia Callahan

    sounds like a big party in the window! haha seems like you had a great time! xx

  • Lisa Griffin

    hahah i really can't imagine many things weirder than standing in a fish bowl of a window for a few hours especially with all of those tourists! but the shoes are gorgeous!
    in dramatic fashion

  • lauren at sequined sprinkles.

    the pink tulle dress reminds me of an exploding flamingo in a good way.

  • Mad For Fashion…For Less

    I love your jakcet!

  • The Antifash

    HAHAHA! I love the lady's face behind you to the left in the photo with your arms spread… Was that a victory dance of sorts for being able to get those boots on? A few more inches and they would be in the V danger zone YIKES!

    I predict that cushion hats will be all the rage next season, I mean look at those Balenciaga hats. Cray cray, but in a chic kinda way, the very definition of Man Repelling.

  • rhyajw

    Wow this is hilarious, only you would do something like this. Obviously all of your outfits are bomb dot com. Such a great idea.


  • La Petite Olga

    The shoe in the last photo is gorgeous!!

    xx Olga
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  • ~Cleo~

    Looks like so much fun just hangin in the window of saks but truthfully i would have gooton bored after a minute short attention span over here

  • Ella

    beautiful shoes! i don't think i've ever seen a pair of louboutins that i didn't like! :)

  • Bettina

    hahaha that last photo is hilarious!

  • Collections

    hahah great. The carrie bradshaw moment looks awesome.


  • Splendid Little Thrills

    The shoes and you my dear, look ammmazzing!!! Love the Carrie tulle reference, bc I just re-watched said episode last night. Wasn't Carrie so ahead of the game with that ombre hair!

  • Starpicker

    I love your white dress and the clear sandals!!!! You are blessed and so lucky!!!

  • Marissa E.

    I do love this post and your always-entertained prose and your enviable style and especially love that you had your Carrie Bradshaw tulle-layered moment in the window of Saks. But am I the only one that wants to know more about the Russian man? He is THAT man? The one we're all dying to get the details on? Will he ever be introduced to us? Will you retire soon and start a mommy blog? Am I becoming obnoxious in an attempt to be witty? hashtag yes.



    ps. a very sincere (through late) congratulations on your engagement. seriously though, that is super awesome and super exciting and you wedding is going to more buzzed about than the Royal's was. for real.

  • Susie

    Love the shoes! May I ask what nail polish is on your toes? Grazie!

  • Windows Support

    Nice post…

  • Christina

    So now you know firsthand that Texas is the perfect man repelling state! Especially in July.. 

    Christina aka sweaty man-repelling Texan,

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    Cerita Dewasa

    Numero Uno…

  • Dania

    I like her shoes.

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  • Sojournstar

    Yep, Love the shoes!