The Warholian Questionnaire: Leandra Medine of the Man Repeller
On her cult-favorite fashion blog, The Man Repeller, the fabulous Leandra Medine has sanctioned a new breed of style defined by its “sartorially offensive” approach that “may result in repelling members of the opposite sex.” (Case in point: at her recent wedding, Medine reportedly paired her off-the-rack Marchesa gown with a white satin motorcycle jacket by Rebecca Minkoff and sparkly platform lace-ups bearing her and her new man’s initials.) Donning shoulder pads, harem pants and denim jumpsuits with equal parts gusto and glam, we salute this young fashionista’s refusal to take style – and life – too seriously. Andy would approve.
What was your first Warholian moment, and when did you first encounter him?
Early in high school–a marketing teacher used his Campbell’s soup cans as an example of something I can’t quite remember. The imagery was obviously far more impressionable than the corresponding point about it.
What are your latest cultural obsessions?
Frankly, I’ve become obsessed with what the internet is doing to my generation so mobile apps, see: Instagram, Tinder, Snapchat, Vine and the way in which we interact with these apps/what it’s doing to our social skills.
What would you consider Warhol’s most memorable quote or anthem?
“In the future, everybody will be world-famous for fifteen minutes.” How right he was.
If you could collaborate with Andy on a project, what would it be?
A huge print dedicated to the S.C.U.M. Manifesto in a huge bout of irony indigenous to my gen.
Dream night out on the town: you, Warhol, and…? George Saunders.
Imagine Warhol had a Twitter account, what kind of thing might say in 140 characters or less?
He would not use it. He’d rack up the followers and maybe, maybe, one time tweet something like, “there is no public display of thought without a voice attached to it.”
Whose portrait would Andy most want to do now? Maybe a Cara Delevingne type.
Favorite local watering hole?
Tom and Jerry’s on Bleecker.
Best party you ever attended or threw?
My wedding, duh. There was a strict policy that mandated no guests were allowed to leave without having consumed at least three tequila shots.
Andy once said, “I have social disease. I have to go out every night.” What about you – introvert or extrovert?
According to Myers Briggs, 88% extrovert. That said, however, I do like staying home.
Last party tune you downloaded?
I’m still listening to “I Love It” by Icona Pop.
Drag every day or only on special occasions?