Get the Look: Thom Browne

Talk about a really astute “look for less.”


Do you remember the Thom Browne Spring 2014 show from September?

Yes. Of course you do.

It famously lasted 45 minutes long and featured an artillery of human-but-dead-looking models dressed in articulate full white looks that featured an elaborate selection of intricate, thick boning and unusual fabrics (latex, for one, which I have heard can be incredibly expensive if not confining, and painted tweed). The clothes were outstanding, as they always are, which off-hand makes that sentiment seem rather commonplace in congruence with Thom Browne. But it was in the performance, the notable if not completely mental performance, that the show either flourished or languished depending on your mind’s posture.

And as is always the case with performance, the way in which a person is made up speaks a great deal for how he or she will behave; give a woman a bare face and she might act like the shell of herself. Throw on a thick film of eyeliner, bright eyeshadow, a dark lip and watch the metamorphosis.

In the case of Thom Browne, said actors (if you will) appeared on the fractured long runway like a combination of corpse brides and spectacularly high fashion insane asylum patients. It was scary if not completely reminiscent of what a beautiful, lithe version of the late Heath Ledger as The Joker may have looked like which, of course, right then and there settled it: if I planned to dress up this Halloween, I would wear the most prosaic clothing (a trench coat, a beige sweater, white jeans and black flat booties) I own and put on my best Thom Browne face.

So, last Monday, with the help of senior MAC makeup artist, Neil Young, I transformed from Leandra the loser to Thom Browne model (minus the whole model thing) in under 30 minutes. He started with moisturizer, and then a thick layer of white Paint Stick. Next he colored my eyes (I could have been a mime if he stopped after step 1), which was followed by painting a beautiful red lip onto my then-white mouth and having me tilt my head back while he stood behind me, smudging both my eyes and lips with his thumbs.

When he was done, I went downstairs for a walk. The walk transpired into a few other errands – like window windex-ing, fruit shopping, hailing taxis for the hell of it and stationing myself mid-street.

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And you know what I learned once again? That nothing phases New Yorkers — not even a woman whose face color is infinite tones lighter than her neck!

(I also learned I’m excellent at role-playing when splattered lips are involved.) With that, we wish you a Happy Halloween and pray that you stay safe on the crazy-ass streets of this burgeoning loony bin of a city.

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  • Katarina

    Hahahaha this is great! 🙂 LOVE IT! 🙂 Kat

  • nancy

    aaaaand the sweater is by..? That’s exactly what I want to wear this cold rainy morning ^.^

  • sarahmira

    the best!

  • Passant Adel

    Brilliant! YOU ARE BRILLIANT!

  • you + the fire alarm, I wanna frame that one.

  • The look is actually quite romantic and sophisticated. I could see this being the everyday look for a Lynn Yaeger-type. Someone who’s traveled a lot and has worked in fashion for a good half century, developing this signature makeup about ten years in after a gradual buildup. Also, guys, it would be really fun to see a post of Team MR dressed up as several of their favorite writers. Writers’ style has always fascinated me because I’m fascinated by writers/ think their style (or non-style) may very well have an impact on how they articulate. X

  • Sarah Braden

    why so serious!? you are an inspiration to bloggers and writers everywhere 🙂


    Hahhahahhah You are so funny, and i ADOREEEEEEEEEEEEE Thom

  • Oh yeah, you definitely win.
    Your Friend, Jess

  • Oh dear, the gif are hilarious, especially the one with the spray! If my kids saw you, they’d be scarred for life!

    Mafalda ❤

  • I loved this look on the runway! Why not! That was my attitude. You rocked it too!

  • MsDenbi

    This was hilarious! And I literally laughed out loud on gifs!

  • laura

    call me when you get a chance/you are beautiful as a zombie too

    • Leandra Medine


  • OMFG….I’m dying at you and this window cleaner hahahahaha. HIlarious!

  • moldub

    my question is how are you going to get that kick ass sweater off without getting makeup ALL OVER it?!

  • Caitlin Inwood

    Obsessed, the perfect way for a fashion-phene to dress up for halloween.

  • Rebeka Osborne

    This is amazing. I only wish there was an accompanying video (like the one you did when you weren’t wearing any pants). Your makeup (face paint?) looks amazing.

  • deb

    You put the HOWL in Halloween!

  • Debanjana Haldar

    bravo! you look awesome! and what i love more is the expression you are wearing while hailing the cab- priceless!!

  • Bri

    Nothing phases New Yorkers – very true haha!


  • ecats

    Leandra, this is too hilarious and the best thing I’ve seen/read all day. Thank you for being such an entertaining inspiration! xo El

  • Guest

    my dear, this make up is Joker’s, from Batman, don’t you think so?

  • Lavender

    Love it! Especially last one! V. Westwood also has done show in kinda the same make up

    Happy weekend,

  • Masha Nova

    made my day

  • Selena Aponte

    omg you are INSANE! hailing a cab with that FACE, ha

  • Fabulous-Femme

    Haha … love the animated gif with the taxi … !!! Not sure if I would replicate the look so … I prefer it a bit more stylish … (like day of the dead).

  • ROFL!!! Love this!!

  • I reread this post just to laugh…priceless

  • The Provoker

    Omg you seriously always make me laugh with your craziness, such an attractive trait!!! <3 You're still actually really pretty in the outfit posts even with this look, I mean it's joker-heath ledger-chic, #StillTooSoon?

    xx The Provoker

  • hartinart

    Very good… that is makeup to hide something, or it is makeup to show some.. state of mind or iner thought… maybe…