If you’re a fashion blog follower or know anything about fashion in general, than you know of Leandra Medine aka The Man Repeller.
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And if you haven’t heard of her, you probably live under a rock like Patrick Star. That’s okay, all starfish welcome.
(Ok, third option: you have a life OUTSIDE of the fashion world. The latter, I cannot understand as fashion is all my brain consumes. But I love you anyway and we’re friends, yay! :)
Back to the Man Repeller. READ ON:
Over the course of a year and some odd months, Leandra Medine has taken the blogging world by storm (really though, she has) and established a particular niche with her distinct and self-titled “man-repelling” style.
By definition, to man-repel is “outfitting oneself in a sartorially offensive way that will result in repelling members of the opposite sex. Such garments include but are not limited to harem pants, boyfriend jeans, overalls (see: human repelling), shoulder pads, full length jumpsuits, jewelry that resembles violent weaponry and clogs. ” Think designers like Rag&Bone, Alexander Wang, Jill Stuart, Alexander McQueen, Helmut Lang, Proenza Schouler, etc. Man repelling trends are those that fashion-forward women love and straight men hate. (In the rare occasion your man actually likes what you wear, he’s either highly aware and appreciative of current fashion trends or he’s gay.)
For further examples of the man repelling nature, see below:
Jill Stuart Fall 2011
Alexander Wang Fall 2011
Proenza Schouler Fall 2011
And then some:
Ms Man Repeller is highly-successful at what she does and is in high demand, so I feel extremely lucky to have scored an interview with her. As someone with a fond love for designer goods (even if I can’t afford them yet), I’m so glad there is someone like Leandra making a case for fashion forward trends and most of all, acting as spokesperson for self-confident women. Oh, did I mention that she respects the sparkle just as much as me??
A MOMENT WITH THE MAN REPELLER:
One Lone Magpie: For anyone who isn’t up to speed, please divulge, what is the ManRepeller.com?
Man Repeller: It’s a fashion site about trends that women love and men hate.
OLM: What is the hottest man-repelling item of Fall 2011? How about Spring 2012?
MR: Fall 2011: Monochroming in velvet, spring 2012: the greasy hair look.
OLM: You have a excellent eye for style and putting together an outfit. If you could style anyone in Hollywood for a red carpet event, who would that be and what designer(s) would you utilize?
MR: I’d love to style Anne Hathaway, she’s a great combination of beauty and wit. I’d likely use Prabal Gurung, Elie Saab and Louis Vuitton.
OLM: You’ve worked on some awesome designer collaborations. Are there any others in the works? Who else would you love to work with in the future?
MR: Sure are, I have two pairs of shoes and a blazer rolling out in the next couple of months. Ideally, I’d love to be able to design something for Thakoon, or Carven.
SIXby6Bloggers Man Repeller Spiked Bootie
The Alex and Eli x Man Repeller Blazer
OLM: It seems like you have achieved blogger fame practically overnight. Now you have multiple readers and fans asking you for tips to improve their own blogging. Would you say that ManRepeller.com had a slow-n-steady rise to blog success and recognition or did you see a jump in followers at any point in time?
MR: Stats are steadily increasing, they always have been–I was very lucky with this.
OLM: You’ve said you spend about 3-5 hours a day working on your blog. What motivates you to keep blogging so regularly?
MR: It’s my full time job and the way that I sustain myself, so…that.
OLM: How do you deal with negative feedback from snarky, anonymous commenters?
MR: I deal with it by not dealing with it. Of course people are going to hate me, that’s fine. To each their own.
OLM: They say “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”. How does it feel to know that you’ve inspired a whole lot of girls to embrace their inner man-repeller?
MR: Really fucking great. So much so, I had to curse.
She went on to say, “…man repelling is about finding confidence not repelling men. Because no matter what you wearing…long or short, tight or loose, if you’re confident in it, it shows. And there’s nothing sexier than confidence. You know, spandex aside.”
Agreed! Thanks again,Leandra. Keep on doin’ what you do!
PS: If you just can’t get enough man repelling, then check out these links:
The Coveteur: Leandra Medine
Bluefly Closet Confessions presents Leandra Medine
In to the Gloss: Leandra Medine, The Man Repeller
Most Stylish New Yorkers: Leandra Medine