Last night, we headed to Barneys’ recently-revamped Upper West Side outpost to toast Leandra Medine‘s new book, Man Repeller: Seeking Love. Finding Overalls., out now. "It took about five months," Leandra said of the writing process. "I think half of it was just getting over the writer’s block!" The solution for such bouts of brain fart? Hefty helpings of literature by the likes of David Sedaris and David Foster Wallace, two of the super-blogger’s scribes of choice.
And while Leandra might’ve gotten a late start on NYFW this season—Rosh Hashanah, one of the holiest of Jewish holidays, overlapped with the start of the shows last week—she’s still managed to sit front row for a handful of top-tier presentations, Thom Browne and Altuzarra being her favorites thus far. And while she hasn’t spotted any particularly "repellent" trends yet, she told me the jewelry’s been particularly on point this past week. "I’ve been seeing lots of chokers at the shows—those are really good."
The release of the book, a collection of essays dedicated to Leandra’s famously wacky attire and the lessons learned from each, is a huge coup for the primarily-digital writer. Asked about her personal favorite chapter, Leandra told me, "[The one about] the maxiskirt—it’s the most candid and purposeful. A lot of the book is pretty fluffy, but that one actually demonstrates the growing-up process." Considering she’s already published her first memoir at the age of 24, we’d say she’s growing up pretty darn well.