Joan Rivers And The Man Repeller: The Stylish New York Art of Self-Deprecation

Fashion Police Chief Joan Rivers,79, has built a career making fun of her own looks and everyone else’s. When Elizabeth Taylor first  packed on the pounds, Joan pounced. Liz and Dick, (when they still were Liz & Dick) refused to  appear on Carson’s Tonight Show  whenever  Rivers  hosted . Taylor  described Rivers as looking “like a circus clown”. With her boas and jewels and

Joan Rivers Apartment, 5200 square feet in a landmark limestone mansion, for sale at $29.5 million.

Joan Rivers Apartment, 5200 square feet in a landmark limestone mansion, for sale at $29.5 million.

Louis-Loius- (the French King, not the comedian)  apartment and QVC line of her Bergdorf’s influenced knock-offs, she remains our favorite glam geezer and  a style icon worth emulating.  Oh, and add that one night stand with Robert Mitchum to her resume.

Young enough to be Joan’s granddaughter,  the delightful 23 year old fashion blogger Leandra Medine  (AKA The Man Repeller) has a sassy young fashion sensibility that’s part precocious little girl playing dress up/ part Park Avenue bohemian It girl. She doesn’t show a lot of skin but will show a lot of leg. Her strong personal style and humorous, self-deprecating blogs have earned her fame, fashion followers  and a front row media presence at all the shows.

"Look like a figure skater, file paper work while doing it"  A Man Repeller Suggest Summer Intern Look

“Look like a figure skater, file paper work while doing it” A Man Repeller Suggest Summer Intern Look

The Man Repreller Gets Marred. Gown by Marchessa.

The Man Repreller Gets Marred. Gown by Marchessa.

She launched manrepeller.com less than two years ago with the following question and real-life phone call inspiration:

What is a 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

—Related forms man·re·pell·ant, noun

Who knows what sexist, personal  demons possessed  Johnny Carson  to shun Joan Rivers forever after his favorite guest host  did what all the funny guys before her had done–angle for her own late night show. But all of that (and the tragic suicide of her husband Edgar, the show’s producer) was yet to come when Johnny Carson played an elaborate practical joke on Joan in 1983  (VIDEO):

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