Panda Suits

Leandra Medine | October 26, 2012

Every woman should own one.

I retract one previous statement. If people take–not glitter–but pandas more seriously, the necessity for Prozac will, as we know it, cease to exist.

I don’t want to tell you how to live your life but I think you should suppose a Panda suit. I can theoretically blame the recent Chinese-bear fixation on the extensive hoopla that has gyrated around the Rob Pruitt for Jimmy Choo collaboration in not one but two events this week. Two events that were very tactfully spaced out geographically (still indigenous to New York) and through the course of the last five days.

There is, in fact, a very cute paper panda hat compliments of the aforementioned partnership sitting above my refrigerator right now and every time I look at it, I can’t help apologize: it seems Pete is last year’s spirit animal.

That’s all fine and well though, I don’t remember seeing any three-piece suit of the pink bird variety.

He just wants some bamboo.

The longer I mull it over the more clear it becomes that all (most) good things happen in Paris. Had I not been there last month, for example, I’d have never been turned on to Au Jour le Jour: the most interesting, kitschy and ironic clothing label broadcasting its genius out of the European Union. Garments not photographed include a short sleeved button up blouse in the same panda print equipped with a full sequined collar and some shiny pandas fortuitously sprinkled across the shirt. There is a penguin print too but penguins remind me of Morgan Freeman and inexplicably, his voice makes me cry.

Other interesting garments to note:

This dress.

There are few things in life I dislike more than a peplum (garlic powder, Hitler) and yet: Katy Perry-fostered fireworks erupt for this number. Maybe the stampede of friendly elephants has opened my gates, or maybe the subtle nuances: an estimated two inch of peplum instead of the conventional four, bleeding bra corners, the color purple have reinterpreted the overexposed, over-saturated characteristics that have lead me to compare the peplum to garlic powder.

Finally, an off the shoulder mini dress that features more elephants, this time micro-sized and resembling the little baby crests my heart has fondly grown to harbor. Is it formal? Can you sleep in it? Buy groceries? Do karate? Bow hunt? Indeed. And therein lies the beauty.

I’d tell you to shop the collection but it’s not available for purchase yet (previous ones, however, are.) It will be in just a matter of fleeting months so you can clock in at Five Story NY when that happens. Until then, vive le Panda.

  • Serdane

    I don’t think I would say to a woman to do karate or something else like ” art martial ” with it. But those prints are very nice and change from what we’re used to see like florals etc …

  • wmw style

    Hey dear! In the german INSTYLE are sooo many pictures of you- really nice!!! Did you know that? 😀 xo airia from wmw style

  • justine

    i like garlic powder

  • lavieenliz

    love the elephant dress!

    check out my giveaway!

  • monkeyshines

    inspiring prints!


  • Elena




  • sophiehoover

    i typically am not a person to like prints, but i would wear the hell out of that panda suit!!!

  • Livens
  • Amalie Espeland

    Uhmmmmmm. THIS IS BEAUTIFUL. i like pandas.

  • Mouthful of Style

    Check out 10 Crosby’s burgundy colored cat print shirts at Barneys! LOVE. Goes along with your Panda theme. Just bought one for myself and will be featuring in an upcoming post.

  • Leandra Medine

    I know, I think I overdid it. People change but I really appreciate your attention to detail!!

  • Maria Onorio


  • kerrin

    sign me up girlfriend, so down for the panda suit. xx

  • Bonnie, Clyde + Marni
  • Alexandra

    I have to say I’m smitten, particularly with the last elephant-covered dress. So. Much. Fun. And who doesn’t need more fun in their life/closet?

  • EmerJa

    Love this prints, they are totally fun!!!

  • Anna Boschiroli
  • Elena Vasilieva

    too good to be true. absolutely best

  • Hilary Shanks

    Every woman needs a panda suit.

  • ohkate

    I love the suit. But am I ready to wear a whole 3 piece suit covered in Panda’s? God I hope so…

  • Carola Disiot

    love so much first outfit!!!
    Are you ready? New Post!

  • Theresa

    Awesome prints! I love the pandas!


  • Eva

    So cool, love the dresses and the panda print is super cute!

  • Miss Kutsu

    NIce article! Really love the panda suit, and it is funny the way you suggest that the last dress can’t be worn for any occasion!

  • fabi

    I would so wear any of these <3

  • Betsy

    I liked animals in print a long time before the came to be fashionable.
    Feliz fin de semana.

  • Dip It Black

    What a great article!
    That first suit looks great!
    Love it!


  • welcome to my jungle

    Yessss, and now i need a panda suit!!! 🙂

  • sasha

    i love u man repeller i read ur blog every day!! ur so funny and i love everything u do!!

  • Kamilla

    This collection is so lovely! I love the elephant print too-even though I agree, peplum is annoying for the most part!

    Sophisticated Lace

  • nataliechristina

    haha i love it! you have the greatest sense of humour!

  • Sharon

    omg I love pandas!


  • mckenzie.collins

    Surprisingly, I really like them!

  • The Provoker

    Um.. hells yeah to the panda print! Btw, check out my new fox fur coat which makes me kind of look like a
    whore, read to find out why! Don’t judge though… well maybe a little..
    lol 😀

    xx The Provoker

  • meet me on the sunny road

    oooooh I would so love to see you rock that panda suit. it’s fabulous, I can think of no better word.

  • Elaine

    Please, please tell me you bought the neoprene pink flamingo collar on the site you linked to. Too amazing that it even exists

  • Kesly

    Pandas are so adorable! It’s kind of sad since I still like Pete as well… But anyway, I’d totally try this whole “Panda Suit” thing a try!

  • rhodawong
  • Piarpreet Kaur

    I dig

  • Cynthia Brizuela

    Comparing peplums to Hitler, sometimes I would pay a large sum to make a trip inside your brain, bet there’s more than panda prints in there.

  • Martina

    They’re pretty cool but not sure if I’d be able to pull them off. 🙂

  • Petite Adventures

    Love the off the shoulder mini-dress! Very cute!

    Kate xo

  • =^..^=

    Yo, Sis: did you see that you were quoted in NYT??? !! I really hope you dont make plans w/ your friends only to blow them off – via text – at the last minute …

    but, even if you do: YOU STILL ROCK THE CASBAH! 😀


  • Alexandra Rivera

    OK ok ok… now, i need a panda suit.


  • Christina

    Oh. my. gosh. I love elephants! Especially on those two dresses.

  • steph

    Leandra! Where did this new hate for peplums come from?? You used to be all over that shit! Shirts over pants and all that. What’s changed?

    • steph

      ahah I mean skirts

  • Murat

    Ohhh Graet.



  • s

    the animals are so adorable.. great post


  • SarahStrong

    i would kill a panda for that suit. I mean…… ahem…..

  • Catherine and Greer

    hell yes i can pull out a couple of my year two themed outfits 😉

    ANOTHER great post

    guilty self link- (WHAT WHO LINKED THAT?!)

  • April

    I do love me some ironic cats too.
    April xx

  • solarium

    panda’s are the new mustache

  • silvia

    Ive seen many animal sweaters for this winter, I love them! The panda dress is too much for me though. suuuuch a man repeller!

  • Nicole Greentree

    Nothing like a bit of matchy-matchy(-matchy!!!)

  • Brooke

    I love that the first look is not only head to toe panda, but it also flairs at the bottom. Heaven! <3

  • Denisa

    I like that last dess. Great..

  • fashionisserious

    The cut of the first suit is beautiful. About the print…well, I wouldn’t wear with nonchalance.

  • lauren

    I love your take on this animal obsession!! Very funny and I laughed heartily over it!!

    -Lauren at adorn la femme

  • Tales on Trends

    NEED the last dress… becoming obsessed…

    Tales on

  • Captive Louise

    Panda suits aside, as humiliating as it is to admit it, you made a cameo appearance in my dream tonight. This dream also involved 25lbs oval cats, a fancy hotel in Madeira island that sheltered escaping prisoners, and balconies with balloons. Brains man, go figure.

  • Kim

    Surprisingly cute!


  • Look Sharp Sconnie

    I work at Anthropologie, and one of the managers just told me about Leah Reena Goren – a designer who’s items we carry at random times. She only works with animal prints and makes some interesting pieces.

    I’m not huge on this (though I’ve said that about pretty much all of my current fashion-related obsessions), but there’s something to be said for the statement piece-esqueness of the trend

  • Kat

    Put a panda on it.

  • The Decorum

    So wrong…but so so right!

  • Style Sandbox

    well, there are people who like to have sex with their toy locomotives. So I think there are also people who will wear those dresses 😀


    Love this post
    So swet!!!



  • Http://

    Cute dress:-)

  • seaandswank

    Le sigh … that elephant dress must be mine.

    Sea and Swank

  • Shadowlime

    Love these pictures

  • Valerie

    don’t know if I could be brave enough to wear the full panda suit outfit.

  • Peroxide Blonde

    :)))))))))))) EVERY women.

  • couponanddealz

    I like the peplum one…it’s fantastic…

  • kiki

    Love the Au jour le Jour. Love the italian designer.

    Thanks Leandra for share our talent!

  • vittoria gallacci

    Vive le Panda aussi pur moi! Lovely!


  • luxurynews

    LOVE the white dress<3<3<3<3<3