Man Repeller hits Vancouver’s Secret Location: 20 photos from inside the party, plus our interview with Leandra Medine herself

Man Repeller Secret Location Vancouver

Man Repeller Secret Location Vancouver

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She may be The Man Repeller, but Leandra Medine draws a crowd of both ladies and gents. This time, it was a legion of Vancouver admirers that lined up for her Wednesday night appearance at Gastown boutique Secret Location.

A bounty of her kin, and by that we mean well-turned-out fashion bloggers, turned out including Little Fashionisto’s M’c kenneth Licon, A Fashion Love Affair’s (and Style Panel’s!) Cara McLeay, Bullet With Butterfly WingsKatharine Horsman, Alicia Fashionista’s Alicia Quan and Partly Sunny’s Sunny Shum.

She styled five lanky mannequins in Man Repeller-approved holiday looks, and posed for a gazillion Instagrams (so maybe not a gazillion, but two hours worth of filtered fan photos), and she did it in style—a white button-up, blue jeans, black Gio Diev heels and an assortment of neck ornaments to be precise.

Earlier in the day, pre-party pandemonium, we queried the blogger and soon-to-be published essayist (her book is slated for April 2013), on, what else, fashion stuff.

How has your personal style changed over the years? “Yes, definitely, but I don’t know if that’s because of my blog or just because I’m getting older. I was definitely more prone to experiment with brighter colours, and more obnoxious silhouettes, whereas now I’m so much more content in just a pair of ripped jeans and a denim shirt—my Canadian tuxedo! It might just also be the overstimulation of the industry; I’m around clothing so much that all I want to do now is wear the same jeans and t-shirt everyday.”

You’re married now. Does your ‘man-friend’ comment on what you wear? “Almost everyday he does. But it just fires me up. If he likes something, I’m inclined to take it off, you know what I mean, [like] I’m not doing it right! But he’s a free thinker, he appreciates most of who I am.”

Any tips for holiday dressing the Man Repeller way? “I’m never about the little black dress.  I think with wearing conventional sequins, which is very typical for a holiday party, [do it] a little more unusually—like sequin pants instead of a sequin dress. There’s a cute Sass & Bide t-shirt in there [Secret Location] with a sequin pocket, that’s like a fun holiday quirk to wear with a skirt you already own. You got a party on the boob and just me everywhere else. Also jeans, ‘cause why not.”