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Fashion Icon Friday: Leandra Medine AKA The Man Repeller 

New York Fashion Week saw a rise in bloggers - moreso than any other year. The likes of Bryan Boy and Tavi Gevinson were seated front row alongside Anna Wintour. That inspired us to choose New York’s favorite blogger, Leandra Medine (or as she deemed herself, Man Repeller), as our fashion icon this week.

Leandra coined the term “man repelling” as “outfitting oneself in a sartorially offensive mode that may result in repelling members of the opposite sex.” Her style influence has lead to the increase of girls decked in sequins, overalls, leather, fur, baseball caps and flamingos - all layered on top of each other. She has also coined the term “Arm Party” (lots and lots and lots of bracelets), so she is often seen dripping in jewels from her bestie’s line, Dannijo.

In the last year, it seems that the fashion industry wants a piece of Leandra. She has collaborated on major projects, from helping design Michael Kors’ latest store to styling Barney’s infamous window displays. She’s even designed a few items of her own, including spiked booties that double as a weapon and a blazer complete with fur balls. Just like everyone else, we can’t get enough of her satirical take on the fashion world and are looking forward to seeing what creative outfit she comes up with next.

But truth be told, this Man Repeller didn’t do a very good job of repelling the opposite sex.  Just a few months ago, she tied the knot in a Marchesa dress topped off with a satin biker jacket made for her by Rebecca Minkoff. Love!