Collage vs. Shop

Leandra Medine | November 1, 2012

Sneaks on pearls on velv(et.)

Lower Manhattan is still in rare form and as a direct result so is upper Manhattan. Yesterday I walked passed a fairly renowned coffee shop on Madison Avenue that I had condemned years ago when an innocent pasta stole my entire week’s allowance. How was I to know? I peeked through the shop’s window on my way back to my parents apartment. A myriad of misplaced bed heads and beards stood scratching their heads, slack jawed.

“Eleven dollars? For tea?” I imagine the conversation had gone.

Across the street, several upscale shopping boutiques were open for business and bustling. Do the laws of retail therapy apply in the aftermath of disaster? With life on hold and our city in a surreal state of stupor, have we likened our credit cards to Monopoly money? It seems so. The fact of the matter is though, credit cards do not equal monopoly dollars and in my experience collaging has been far more cost effective–kind of the same way shopping cart syndrome is–than brick and mortar shopping. So mull this over.

From left: Acne sweater, Theyskens Theory high waist flare leg jeans.

A Spike Jonze (I mean Lee–I was thinking about Rashida Jones when I typed this and then realized her relation is to…Quincy, carry on) tee from Etsy, J. Crew embellished peg leg jeans. This will look hip with studded booties or sneakers, you can layer that sweater to its left over or look to your right, where:

A Comme des Garcons white blouse, Topshop burgundy velvet shorts and a Topshop pearl choker hang out. Necklaces that fall beneath collar bone’s length feel a bit dated. This one will look great with a plunging button down, those shorts and the matching burgundy sneakers. So many disconnects.

Continuing accoutrements include: Golden Goose yellow suede sneakers, Stella McCartney velvet platform pumps, Linda Farrow sunglasses, Isabel Marant black booties, and call me crazy, but all I want from life right now are a pair of retro New Balance burgundy sneakers.

See? Doesn’t this feel great? Oh, you want to kill me? Fair enough.

  • Fashion Agony

    I need those burgundy sneakers in my life!

    Fashion Agony blog

  • lavieenliz

    I want it all!

    giveaway ends tomorrow! check it out!

  • Betsy Soos

    I used the Acne sweater in a recent collage too–must be a blogger’s collage fave. And I agree, sometimes it appears more enticing in a collage than it does in my closet.

    The Soos Is Loose

  • Craving for Barneys

    I’ve just bought a pair of NB hahahaha

    MIAMI in

  • Valerie

    wow I Love those flare leg jeans!

    And everything looks better in a collage than on me. 😉


    Run With the Hunted

  • Elizabeth Monson

    I can’t believe after all this time, you’re still mixing up Spike Jonze and Spike Lee. Yours truly,

    • Leandra Medine

      I miss you more than power.

  • Josephine

    You always make the best observations about society. Love this. And those Stella McCartney pumps. And with Manhattan in shambles, I certainly can’t blame you for wanting those New Balance sneakers. They’re awesome.

    <3 Josephine

  • WNY

    Those Isabel Marant boots are so perfect! Want them!

  • whosaywhat

    That is Spike Lee on the tee.

  • Far and Wild Jewelry

    you are the collage master, love the colors in this one!


  • Natty @ Closetries

    $11 for tea?! It better have hard drugs in it!
    Also, those burgundy sneaks remind me of something out of a Wes Anderson movie.

  • rebelrose_V

    I think I may unironically purchase a pair of NB sneakers in the near future.

  • Alex

    I’m in love with this entire collage, especially the choker! xo!

  • Dip It Black

    Love that first jumper!
    And the booties ofcourse!


  • monkeyshines

    fabulous picks!


  • monkeyshines

    stunning picks!


  • Maria

    I absolutely chose the sweater, the jeans and the glasses!!

  • Nesrin Bozlak
  • marjani christmas

    *Spike Lee

  • Linda

    im dying for a Golden Goose sneaker. Those orangish yellow ones are awesome! too bad it will bankrupt me if i ever decide to get one.

    and yes i want to kill you for posting it!!! 😛

  • Eva

    The Acne sweater is absolutely awesome! xx

  • Lace and Chiffon

    I love white shirt and the and the heels!

  • Betsy

    Spike Jonze hahahahahahaha

  • Kate

    love all the shoes, especially the marant ones and I think it is so funny that people are already shopping again;)
    xx Kate

  • Judy Ac

    Hurray for collages! I live for those. Otherwise I would be ruined.

  • B.

    I love making wishlist, they often make me realize what I really need and what I simply just want

  • Nico
  • The Urban Promeneur

    The Lee face just made my evening. This shirt is overkill!!!

  • fashionqamar

    hey Repeller!!:D
    i put you on my favorite list!<3
    love you blog!
    rabea from

  • Brooke

    Umm, i’ll take one of each! Great picks! 🙂

  • Mo

    you are HY-sterical! & I love collage shopping! My favorite! x0

  • fbcreations

    all speaks just “you”, that mix of eclectic and unexpected. I am drawn to denim lately and if I were to favorite one (do I even have to?) those high waist flare are mine.

  • yvonne

    sneakers! haha. (wo)man repelling!




  • Catherine and Greer

    LEANDRA! Your frequent referral to monopoly dollars makes me feel like a certain girls Instagram comment the other day had quite an inspiring effect on you. The one that you replied to? I AM THAT GIRL AND THE SAME STILL APPLIES 1 MILLION MONOPOLY DOLLARS AND I’M YOURS

  • Bonnie Clyde
  • Kesly Winona Gunawan

    I need those things in my life.. Seriously…

  • Denisa

    I love the pumps and boots. They looks amazing. Have a nice day.

  • seaandswank

    I too find collaging rather therapeutic. Weird? Nah.
    Want. that. sweater!

    Sea and Swank

  • ellie

    THANK YOU for mentioning New Balance sneaks. After seeing countless Asian tourists wearing them in Paris with maxi-skirts and skinny jeans, I got them last month from the men’s section of Zappo’s. My friends have been making fun of me for wearing men’s sneakers, but I maintain that they are making a comeback.

  • Kelly Ann

    I love these shoes and the skirt!

    Sparkles and Shoes

  • Misty

    Is that an earring above the blouse? Couldn’t find it mentioned:/

  • Beckerman Girls

    These pieces are lookin’ super RADDDD!!! Anything sparkly and ox blood work for us!!! And we got the Marant booties—the Barry’s with the cone heel. I love how Barry sounds like it could be my cousin! hahaa…Happy Friday babe! And hope you are stayin safe from Sandy and that you have power!!! MWAHHH xoxo

  • Ivana

    I have been looking for those exact new balance classics but only found them in giant man sizes. but then i stumbled upon something very kick ass!!!!….you can customize your own new balance sneakers! check it out Leandra!!,default,pd.html&partcodes=&null

  • Alexa

    I want that grey sweater! Love the 2 different shades.


  • cristine

    I like everything you picked!

  • The Style Storm

    Love these! Just found your blog, I love it.. Now following!

    The Style Storm

    xo, Christina

  • mlle p

    I want some knockoff New Balance with the backward “N” like the pic! ha.
    It would be great if the folks out shopping picked up something for the people who lost everything while they’re at it – winter is coming soon and I’m sure they’d appreciate it.

  • nataluya85

    love those new balance sneakers!!!! gotta find that color!


  • Cherie

    YIKES I’ve been making fun of my HUBBS for years since he swears by his New balance sneaks! I can’t tell him he’s cooler than me!

  • Sydney
  • linda isiklar

    urkel from family matters…i am dying! 😀

  • Curious Fashion

    love those flared jeans and the pearls

  • Jeanette

    It’s funny how all of you are shocked that a pair of NB sneakers are posted here. In Scandinavia where I am from they are the shit. Actually they are almost ‘so last year’…

  • vittoria gallacci
  • Julie

    Much love to you!!! all the way from Sweden!

  • Icon Printing

    Just when I thought jeans couldn’t get any crazier…they do. *swoon!*