Sparkle and shine

The Globe and Mail (Ottawa/Quebec Edition) - - PURSUITS - – RANDI BERGMAN

Man Re­peller founder Le­an­dra Me­dine picks her top hol­i­day party sea­son ac­ces­sories

‘As out­landish as peo­ple say my style is, it’s ac­tu­ally pretty stream­lined, I just like a lit­tle bit of a quirk here and there,” says Le­an­dra Me­dine. The orig­i­nal fash­ion in­flu­encer (she founded Man Re­peller in 2010), mul­ti­me­dia mag­nate and shoe de­signer was in Toronto ear­lier this fall to un­veil her lat­est footwear col­lec­tion at Hud­son’s Bay and ex­plained why her sar­to­rial ap­proach is not a bad place to start when up­ping your fes­tive wardrobe game for a month of par­ties.

“Around the hol­i­day sea­son, I tend to grav­i­tate to­wards more out­landish ac­ces­sories,” she says. “So it’s not re­ally about wear­ing cloth­ing that’s hol­i­day ap­pro­pri­ate, be­cause I worry that as­sign­ing out­fits to the hol­i­day sea­son type­casts the out­fits.” Her line’s idio­syn­cratic mules and boots play up the ver­sa­til­ity of state­ment ac­ces­sories. “Be­cause that’s al­ways what I was look­ing for – just a pair of shoes to serve as a pick me up. These shoes are de­signed to wear with the most ba­sic out­fits you have.”

Here, Me­dine out­lines a few key ac­ces­sories es­sen­tial to glitz­ing up your wardrobe for party sea­son.

PHO­TO­GRAPH BY JOSEPH SARA­CENO. STYLING BY WIL­SON WONG. IL­LUS­TRA­TION BY MURAT YUKSELIR

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