Since launching her blog The Man Repeller a year and half ago, New Yorker Leandra Medine has become an inspiration in changing the way women of all ages see fashion. Her site: ManRepeller.com gets 2 million views a month and top designers have taken notice inviting her to do everything from collaborate on collections to model in their runway shows. We chatted up the 20-something year-old on why she decided to come to Miami to host a weekend long styling session at The Webster, about her upcoming book as well as why The Magic City is a second home and about her recent engagement.
Why did you decide to come to Miami to collaborate with The Webster on this styling event? I’ve never done an event in Miami and I wanted to partner with The Webster because the disconnect between the high end luxury of the store and the classic Miami body con patent leather stereotype is so interesting. So I was really excited about it.
Is it your first time in Miami? No, my family lives in Aventura. We go for Passover every year. It’s like a second home. I’m here like 4 to 5 times a year.
During the weekend long styling event, are you personally going to be styling participants? I’m going to be dressing girls individually on Friday night with short styling sessions. Saturday night a similar event is happening in conjunction with Gilt.com and Sunday is a day for girls who read my blog just because I want to meet the girls who live here and read Man Repeller.
What do you think of Miami gal’s and their style ? I don’t know Miami girl’s style well enough for me to be able to tell. If it’s anything like The Webster then I’m assuming it’s on par with New York girls’ style.
Tell us what defines a “Man Repeller” outfit? It’s changed so much since I started the blog. I think ultimately “man repelling” is about confidence more than anything now. It’s that girl that you see and you think “what was she thinking when she got dressed and why do I love it” ?
You recently got engaged, so “man repelling does work”? I’m living proof that man repelling does work at repelling bad [guys]. If a guy is really repelled by what you are wearing he’s not the kind of guy you want to be with.
Having your blog has opened so many doors for you from designer collaborations to hitting the catwalk at New York Fashion Week. What’s next?
I’m writing a book right now. I’m thinking of calling it Man Repeller:The book and Other Important Things because my senior thesis was a series of essays called Very Important Things. Ultimately, I’d love to be styling the runway shows of people that I’ve admired for so long like Derek Lam, Prabal Gurung, Thakoon and Alex Wang, but I’m just taking everything as it comes.
Now that Spring apparel and accessories have starting hitting stores, what are the 5 essentials Miami gals should invest in? A light wash denim jacket, something tweed, something pastel like a blouse or shorts, a pencil mini skirt and a heel that’s not too high or low kind of like that weird Chanel grandmother look.
Any prized possessions in your closet right now? It’s either one pastel yellow Valentino jacket that I got on sale on TheOutnet.com for $2 once or this emerald green Galliano jacket that my grandmother wore to my parents wedding.
When it comes to fashion, what’s your best advice? Never comprise what you want to wear according to who you are going to see.