Guest Blogger: Kirstyn Gray – Vancouver, Canada (Secret Location & Man Repeller)

man·re·pell·er1  [mahn-ree-peller]

–noun
outfitting oneself in a sartorially offensive mode that may result in repelling members of the opposite sex. Such garments include but are not limited to harem pants, boyfriend jeans, overalls (see: human repelling), shoulder pads, full length jumpsuits, jewelry that resembles violent weaponry and clogs.
–verb (used without object),-pell·ing, -pell·ed.
to commit the act of repelling men:
Girl 1: What are you wearing tonight?
Girl 2: My sweet lime green drop crotch utility pants, of course.
Girl 1: Oh, so we’re man repelling tonight?
*DISCLAIMER: the above conversation took place in this room 5 minutes ago.
Origin: 
2009-10; < repellius (ptp. of repellia to eliminate male attention), equiv. to L repel- (s. of repellix) unattractive, celibate, paris fashion week, M.C. Hammer + -repel -ler1

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man·re·pell·ant, noun
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Last wednesday, November 14th, a group of girlfriends and I rushed home from school (as we have been completely slammed with working on our final collections) to attend a fancy event at Secret Location.

But it isn’t really a secret location, it’s just a sleek and chic boutique in Gastown, Vancouver, that carries exclusive high-end collections from international designers like Sass & Bide, Athena Procopiou, and LES PETITS JOUEURS. And my friends and I just happened to be on the list!

My friend and fellow fashion design classmate Stefania, invited us girls to the event, since she’s been in search of meeting creative professional women to develop her niche market for her final collection.

For such a high end place, the atmosphere was very cool, and no one was snobby like you may assume people in the high-end fashion industry to be. Everyone was there for the same reason — to celebrate their love for fashion and that something huge has come to Vancouver.

People really underestimate Vancouver’s fashion industry. It’s not often that someone will think of Vancouver when they think of fashion, let alone Canada in general. But the fashion industry is really growing, things are appearing to be more trendy, and people are starting to notice.

The turnout was good, everyone was dressed in the latest styles, and the event had a very european feel. We were offered champagne, wine, and fancy hors d’oeuvres, but that wasn’t even the best part.

Among the designers, bloggers, makeup artists, and hair stylists, was Leandra Medine, the Man Repeller. If you read Stratamode from time to time, you may notice the mention of the Man Repeller, since she is one of the worlds most influential fashion bloggers, and is one of Lauren’s favs.

Leandra made an appearance at the event, and played stylist on the mannequins dressed throughout the store. We stood in line to meet and talk with her, and she was excited that people actually came to see her, and that they actually care about her influence in the industry. Lauren would have loved to meet her, so I mentioned how big of a fan she is.

Man repelling at its finest — Leandra wore a white button-up, black Gio Diev heels, blue jeans, and her trademark neck party.

The evening reflected positive upbeat fun, and I’m really glad I had the opportunity to be apart of it.

- Kirstyn Gray, Fashion Design Student, Vancouver

2 thoughts on “Guest Blogger: Kirstyn Gray – Vancouver, Canada (Secret Location & Man Repeller)

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