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7 Dec

Leandra Medine On Naming Her Blog and Her Best Styling Tips

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ELLE Fashion Director Samira Nasr swaps fashion philosophies and under-the-radar finds with Man Repeller blogger Leandra Medine.

ELLE: Why the name Man Repeller?

Leandra Medine: I wasn’t really thinking about building a brand when I launched the site seven years ago, but the name was so catchy, so gimmicky, and I knew people wouldn’t forget it. It also provided me with an opportunity to be really irreverent.

You approach fashion with fun, but I also think of your style as very feminine. Have you gone through androgynous or menswear moments?

Definitely. [A couple of years ago] all I wanted to wear was high-waisted vintage Levi’s and flannel shirts from Uniqlo and J.Crew men’s. That’s probably when I started pinning photos of you as inspiration! My style does generally lean on the feminine side, but I love the disconnect of a baggy, ripped jean with a really delicate satin sandal.

I also like that you’ll mix, say, a Prada shoe with a more affordable item. What are you craving now, high-low?

Really all I’m trying to do is present the best stuff and support new designers. Two of my favorites for handmade blouses, Ciao Lucia and MaisonCléo, I found on Instagram.

What’s your look for fall?

There are two personas that I want to look like now. The first is that prototypical Scandinavian girl. I’m all about that Ganni/Saks Potts life: white cotton poplin ruffled tops and flowy knee-length skirts paired with chunky men’s New Balance and striped socks. The other look I still haven’t retired from summer: My mantra was “look like a lady of leisure; don’t actually be one.” I’m still trying to figure out a winter solution to a caftan.

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ANNABEEL FOUCHER

Medine Meditates on Her Fall Picks

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COURTESY

Left to right: “Amy Smilovic of Tibi makes great oversize, slouchy blazers.” Moleskin blazer, Tibi, $695, tibi.com; “I want to wear these Chanel Gabrielle boots all winter long… with a white nightgown.” Suede calfskin boot, Chanel, $1,450, at select Chanel boutiques nationwide; “The flamingo-pink interior of Ganni’s sleeping bag–style anorak could be great with my nightgown and boots.” Down puffer coat, Ganni, $440, collection at Intermix boutiques nationwide

Any styling tips?

The thing that governs how I get dressed is that the outfit is kind of beside the point. If everything going on around the outfit (the shoes, the bag, the accessories) is getting you excited to get out the door in the morning, it kind of doesn’t matter what you’re wearing.


Glam Squad:

Samira’s wish list for after-hours style and red-carpet dressing…

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IMAXTREE

Armani Privé: I’d love to see more women in trousers for black tie. Armani’s dramatic cape-trouser combo proves you don’t have to wear a gown to make a bold statement.

Valentino: I’m a sucker for a white shoe—it’s such an easy, fun update to choose a shoe in a color that’s out of your comfort zone.

Giambattista Valli: I’m all about flats for evening. Maybe it has a jeweled buckle, maybe it’s in a patent or silk—it’s definitely more feminine than utilitarian.

From ELLE

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