You spend all month saving for the luxury items of your dreams.
You pair the sequined caplet with fur-trimmed boots and low-crotch riding pants. Your lips are painted a shiny crimson and your hair is slicked back into a severe bun. You add 12 scarves and a purse big enough to hold a dead body. You are so FASHION!
You walk out of your bedroom, twirl for your boyfriend, and …
It's the life of a Man Repeller, and Leandra Medine knows all about it. She writes the blog of the same name (manrepeller.com), designed to highlight the latest fashion men find offensive but women love.
Medine, a 21-year-old journalism student and former Valentino intern living in Manhattan, has become an Internet destination in her six months of blogging. She now draws 7,000 hits a day from people looking for her hysterical brand of fashion commentary. She has seen love everywhere from the New Yorker to Women's Wear Daily.
Man Repeller, for the record, is officially defined as this: 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.
Medine totally celebrates it, by the way. Just look at her leopard vest and tell us that wouldn't send a boyfriend packing. We talked to Medine on the phone from New York about everything from glossy lips to terrifying turbans.
What made you start Man Repeller?
I always wanted to write a fashion blog. I worked in the industry and I loved fashion and wanted to create something that was unlike everything else. Because fashion trends have become so hated by men, this was such a perfect hook. Fashion keeps evolving and there's something new every season. Fashion is always going to be about impressing a woman and not a man.
It takes a certain person to wear red lipstick, right?
I love it. I think it's good. I think it says a lot about a girl. If she's bold enough to wear it, maybe she's a little, not self-obsessed, but maybe has a little too much confidence. If you think about it, if you're wearing red lips and a black gown, you're sort of exuding this old Hollywood glam look like Camilla Belle, which is very beautiful. If you think about Chloe Sevigny with red lipstick and her birth control glasses and turban, it's repelling.
Is lipstick in general a Man Repeller?
Yes. I mean, because it's true. If you're wearing Chapstick and you kiss a guy, the Chapstick goes onto their mouth. It's annoying.
Do you dress like a Man Repeller?
Yeah, definitely. I totally dress to look cool, not to flatter my body.
I love Rick Owens, Karen Walker. Proenza Schouler is a huge inspiration. Balenciaga. John Paul Gaultier.
You've gotten popular really quickly.
Yes, I'm definitely getting a good response. I didn't think anyone would read it. I thought it would be something for me and my friends to laugh about.