, Inspiration Fashion Folder: People- Iris Apfel

Monday, June 10, 2013

People- Iris Apfel

If I had to pick what inspires me most,  I'd have to say it is people. Whether it's people watching in a coffee house, a familiar face or a well known figure I always find inspiration in others.

I ran into Iris Apfel's image last year, while I was combing through April's Harper's Bazaar and my thought was "Who is this lady? She is awesome!". Apparently others thought she was awesome too because she had recently just nabbed an HSN jewelry gig, was the face of MAC and even launched her own line of Sunglasses (based on her own glasses) for Eye Bob all after the age of 70.
Photo taken from here.

Iris is 91 years old and she is a fashion icon! I was drawn to Iris for her eccentric style. I liked that she wasn't afraid to express herself with her clothes. Before I could even read anything about her I thought "that is the kind of woman I want to be at 91".

Read any interview with Iris and you will love her even more! She is witty, wise and honest. Her interviews always make me laugh out loud because I love when people tell it just how it is.

In this interview for "Into the Gloss" my favorite part is when Iris talks about plastic surgery and her take on it:
"Aging gracefully is about no heavy makeup, and not too much powder because it gets into the wrinkles, and you know, to not get turtle eyelids, and to not try to look young. You don’t have to look like an old fuddy-duddy, but I believe it was Chanel who said, ‘Nothing makes a woman look so old as trying desperately hard to look young’. I think you can be attractive at any age. I think trying to look like a spring chicken when you’re not makes you look ridiculous. I’m very opposed to plastic surgery. I think if—God forbid—you’re in an accident, or if you were cursed with a nose like Pinocchio, you’d have to go and get it fixed. But just to get nipped and tucked, I think it’s very painful, very expensive, and having been in hospitals as much as I have, subjecting yourself to surgery when you don’t need it is not a smart thing to do. But what do I know? I mean, almost everybody does it. I think if women put some more of the time and money they put on their heads in their heads, they’d be better off. I mean, nobody’s going to think you’re thirty-two, so what’s the point?"

Most importantly in every interview I have ever read about her she talks about taking a chance with clothes and wearing what you love but staying true to your age and dressing age appropriate. What that means is that while you can express yourself in eccentric colors, lots of jewelry or special colors she doesn't believe that one must bare lots of skin or try to dress like someone they are not. As Iris says , "Looking good is mostly common sense". "Keep your own passion for fashion going –age is just an attitude!"

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