Take me to L.A.

by Leandra Medine
March 19, 2013
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Raf Simons’ first ready-to-wear collection is launching at Maxfield and I’d be damned if I missed that.

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When Dorothy clicks her red slippers, she ends up at home. When I click together these rose-gold, metallic pumps, I turn up in Los Angeles, fully clothed in Christian Dior ready-to-wear care of Raf Simons, which — no offense to L. Frank Baum — seems to cultivate a far better storyline. Doesn’t it?

Today in the second of a three-part series for Man Repeller celebrating the launch of Raf Simons’ first ready-to-wear collection for Christian Dior, we’re taking to L.A., where Maxfield is planting its own stamp on the collection and celebrating their unapologetic, California-flavored interpretation of Simons’ artistry for the House of Dior.

I am historically fascinated by the inconspicuous and yet huge culture gap between New York and L.A. When put up against one another, the two fast-pace cities seemingly have more in common with each other than they do with a generous plethora of other American cities. Ask an L.A native if he or she is from New York, though, or reverse that question and ask a New Yorker if he or she is from L.A., and watch the small fractions of earth under which we stand, erupt in a fury of angry defense. What is it about that disconnect? In trying to figure it out, I commissioned the phantom help of something I do (kind of) understand: fashion–and more specifically, Raf Simons’ impact on it.

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In working with Jeffrey last February to celebrate their launch for Simons’ first collection, I unintentionally found myself analyzing the merchandise they’d strategically chose to stock from the Spring/Summer collection. I saw black shorts, jackets, and suits aplenty, coalesced together with some of those phenomenally bright, two tone silk high-low blouses, and the sporadic punch of a pink dress, (which was arguably made for any woman looking to moonlight as The First Lady, in my humble opinion). The Jeffrey take on Simons’ clothes seemed rather New York.

Naturally, when I learned the same collection would be receiving the royal welcome treatment from L.A. too, I had to wonder if that merchandise could seem rather L.A., too. In making assumptions regarding the way in which Maxfield would approach the threads, I figured there would be a lot color and far fewer of the more business (albeit business-fancy) adept silhouettes.

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My findings? I was right about the silhouettes–the Maxfield offerings will include more dresses–but not so much about the color. Has the majesty of layering not percolated through the west coast yet? Maybe L.A. is more geared toward dressing its consumer in one stop shop dresses. Franky, though, if the dresses look like this (which, they do,) maybe they’ve been doing it right and (to put my New York ego to rest) we’re maybe, just maybe, doing it wrong?

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Or maybe the thing about Christian Dior is that you can’t tie the clothes to location. They transcend the boundaries of geography.

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And, fine, full disclosure: I know I might be bastardizing the majesty of this dress but it frankly wouldn’t feel right to keep cut-offs out of any divisive equation where L.A. is the dominant quotient.

Christian Dior dress, Levi’s shorts, Tabitha Simmons shoes. Photos via Vogue and by Naomi Shon. Part 2 in a three-part collaborative series with Christian Dior.

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  • Reptilia

    LOVE your dress!!

    http://www.justreptilia.com

    xx

  • Anita Young

    Not sure if you’ll be repelling any men in that get up! ;)

  • http://dallianceswithsuitsandskirts.blogspot.com/ blue roses

    technically, in baum’s book, her slippers were silver. they were changed for the film to be ruby red, i suspect to pump up the excitement for technicolor…. still, your analogy holds up well, LA and Oz are both trippy.

    • Leandra Medine

      Zing! You teach me something new EVERY SINGLE DAY.

      • http://dallianceswithsuitsandskirts.blogspot.com/ blue roses

        did not intend for that to sound harshly pedantic, but, it is an interesting fact for those who have not read the book or read it years ago as a child; the ruby red slipper are so iconic! enjoy LA’s sun, the northeast is still melting the snow….

  • Dana

    Love the dress!!
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  • carolina_bin

    The shoes are amazing, but I love everything in this post! So female and cool!

    http://carolinabin.com/

  • Danielle Davi
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  • http://www.facebook.com/paula.mcclelland1984 Paula McClelland

    Phwoar girl! You hawt. I can’t believe you have those Tabitha Simmons heels – They’re divine! #Well_jel.

    ♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.
    http://shoe-fiend.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Anna Black

    Really love the shoes, great photos thanks for sharing!

    http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/4164275

    http://beblacknblue.blogspot.co.uk

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  • http://www.facebook.com/nina.trendsurvivorpapaioannou Nina Trendsurvivor Papaioannou

    Love your edgy chic look! WOW! Your shoes!!!

    See you in my blog, maybe.

    xxx

    Nina

    http://trendsurvivor.com/

  • http://www.mystylevita.com Jessica Camerata

    Those gold shoes are KILLER!

    xo Jessica

    http://www.mystylevita.com

  • Leila Daiana Llunez

    That dress is so weird and beautiful! I love it, and it looks great on you! The Trend Upsetter

  • Nico
  • Fashion Dawgs

    Cor blimey.

    Fashion Dawgs

  • Nora

    The shorts could be an homage to Tobias on Arrested Development… Never-nude

  • Angel

    Love this playful look Leandra! Check out my latest blog post http://dcstyleboard.blogspot.com/2013/03/white.html

  • http://www.facebook.com/humphreyssamantha Samantha Humphreys

    Hey Girl Hey, welcome to LA!

  • http://twitter.com/twelveofour 12:04

    Never Nude Dior Style. Love it. Werq.

  • http://twitter.com/akaleistar Akaleistar

    That is a pretty fabulous dress!

  • maud.schellekens

    Stunnin’ heels!

    XOXO Maud

    Check out my new outfit post on http://thirteentalesoffashion.blogspot.com/

  • rhodawong

    i love that peek of pattern and pleat on your coat!

    http://www.styleandshades.blogspot.com

  • http://www.EatStylePlay.com/ Eat.Style.Play

    love both pair of shoes!

  • http://vickiarcher.com/ Vicki Archer

    Fab dress…I love the colourful little splash of colour!…Great with the shorts!…xv

    http://vickiarcher.com

  • http://twitter.com/MissFoxine MissFoxine

    I love your edgy style and fashion fun! Your work seems so effortless and natural :) And! I love that blazer dress. Too cute!! http://missfoxine.wordpress.com/

  • thechicndamned

    That coat/dress is amazing, all very New York whilst the shorts are very LA. Maybe you’re right, Dior is just so fantastic that the boundaries of geography cannot be applied

    x karen

    http://www.thechicndamned.blogspot.com

  • Germán Perelló

    Genial el post, me ha gustado mucho!!
    Besos, Germán

    http://urbanmanbas.blogspot.com.ar/

  • http://www.fashionsnag.com/ Fashion Snag

    I love that you paired that fancy dress with denim shorts. sheer perfection!

    http://www.FashionSnag.com

  • http://twitter.com/looksharpWI Look Sharp Sconnie

    surprised to see ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ used when referring to fashion

    and damn Nora for getting to the never nude comment first.

  • http://twitter.com/Studious_Linda Linda Famularcano

    Fabulous dress! and great article xx

    Liked this post on Bloglovin <3

    http://thecurvygirlinthecorner.blogspot.com

  • Maike

    ooooohhhh, you sweetie! and I made the same with Longblazers, since I was 14 – waering a jeans shorts under it – just to tell my mom, that I am not naked running around :-) aaaahhh, good memory!
    Cheers from Switzerland!
    M.
    http://congratsyouareingoodcompany.blogspot.ch/

  • http://www.tripsandtreasures.net/ Trips & Treasures

    the dior collection was really beautiful and i’m sure that some will have the same opinion in L.A.

    http://www.tripsandtreasures.net
    new outfit post !

  • natalie

    i love the dress !

    YOU LOOK AWESOME

    xx

    http://anoddgirl.blogspot.com.au

  • Jo Hind
  • Anne Rijckaert

    I was in shock when I saw you in the fitst picture with the dress fully closed…. Not you at all… But there was the surprise like you always pull off: the denim shorts…… There I started Liking it!! But the best part are still the beautiful shiny Dior pumps which just ooze elegance! I’m sure you pull them of best wearing them with slouchy ripped boyfriend jeans!!! Suits you best!!!!! By the way…. Love your sense of humor!!

  • http://twitter.com/Liquorice_Pumps Louise Elisabeth

    Amazing shoes, we have the same rivalry over here in the netherlands between rotterdam and amsterdam (that is a 45 min train ride :p)
    xx
    liquoriceandpumps.blogspot.com

  • http://twitter.com/bulkmarketplaz1 bulkmarketplaza

    these dresses are very stylish

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  • Ana

    Two beautiful cosmopolitan unique cities i wouldnt mind to be one step closer. Gorgeous dress!

    http://strawberryleopard.blogspot.pt/

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  • sarim

    Really nice and wonderful post.I like this effort so much.Outfits and shoes are so latest and fantastic .

    Like:formal hairstyles .

  • http://www.facebook.com/hadrien.lum Hadrien Lum

    great dress, but those denim shorts are awful. Not because their denim but how they fit on you and the bleaching and fraying.

    • Manon

      but they do avoid a major double wardrobe malfunction!

  • http://twitter.com/elenavasilieva Elena Vasilieva

    that last shot of you is priceless. love that number with a pair of denim cut offs

    http://www.vasilievablog.com

  • Manon

    This is not man-repeller, this is man-hellocomehereth! Even I’m wondering if you’re wearing a bra underneath! o.o

    Manon

    http://fromtokyotoparis.wordpress.com/

    • Ivyanna Adams

      ahahha, I agree..certainly is not a man-repeller. The dress is very cute and clicking your feet and arriving in LA sounds much better than Kansas. Do I sense a remake?….

      xoxo
      Ivy

      http://ivyslittlecorner.blogspot.co.uk/

  • kerrin

    killer coat. x
    http://www.CATiD.net

  • Local & Opulent

    Ha! Love the last pic… the cutoff under your Dior, amazing!

    A new post is up on Local & Opulent – A review of the Pink Tartan show straight from the runway at World MasterCard Fashion Week – tons of pics for style inspiration!

    http://localandopulent.wordpress.com/2013/03/20/pink-tartan-fall-2013/

  • Bonnie, Clyde + Marni

    Love the dress!!
    xxx
    Naomi
    http://www.bonnieclydemarni.com

  • http://twitter.com/misshoax bianca

    this is the best work you’ve done. like, whoa style.

    (aweebitskint.com)

  • http://www.mylittlefashionthoughts.com/ My little fashion thoughts

    Oh yeah you rock it with your shoes gal !

    x Selma – http://www.mylittlefashionthoughts.com

  • http://twitter.com/ALI_T24 Style StreetStalker

    Great post!! Love your blog by the way – you have a new stalker!
    SSSx
    http://www.stylestreetstalker.com

  • Elena

    Cool observation about great outfits and location! That’s why it is sometimes better to be overdressed than underdressed:-)
    - Elena – http://www.theamateurexpert.com

  • Elizabeth

    The dress if fab! You are definitely not Man Repellin’ in it! I freakin’ love those denim cutoffs (I have 20 and still feel like I need more). What brand are they?

  • http://newbornfanatic.wordpress.com/ Newborn Fanatic

    Lol I like how you associate LA with cut-offs. I rather like it with the shorts! Oh and cannot sotp looking at that cuff with the black dress!

    http://newbornfanatic.wordpress.com/

  • Carola Disiot

    love last and first pics!!!

    xo

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  • Mary

    I’m in love with that last picture!

    Mary
    http://balancingitblog.com

  • http://ravenmaidenmaven.blogspot.com/ Lydia Teo

    The way your wore this Dior dress is just fantastic.

    ravenmaidenmaven.blogspot.com

  • Margaux Shops For You

    Haha never nudes!!!

  • debbywarner

    The shoes! Oh MF — the shoes!

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  • Fabita Punk

    WOW! You look so beautiful :) love this post

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    please like my fashion page on facebook……The House Of fasti <3

  • http://www.malindaknowles.net/ Malinda Frances Knowles

    i love this dress!
    malinda
    http://www.malindaknowles.net

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