January 31, 2012

Not A Model Weekly Mantra - Iris Apfel

I first noticed ninety-year old interior designer and fashion icon Iris Apfel in the Bill Cunningham New York documentary.

I was immediately taken with her daring style sense and positive attitude. This definitely wasn't how my grandmother dressed. It seems I'm not the only one taking notice. MAC cosmetics recently collaborated with her for a vibrant new makeup line (available in stores now) and she will appear in the documentary "Advanced Style," that highlights the outrageous fashion choices of older women.

It appears that the "fashion world" primarily focuses on the pre-pubescent girl. Designers hang clothes on teenagers with gangly limbs and baby faces and women feel more pressure to stay young. While I know it's unrealistic to expect Iris Apfel to strut down a runway, I do celebrate her views on beauty and life.

Oh, and don't get me started on those glasses, I can only dream I'm as cool as her in 70 years. This week's Not A Model Mantra comes from the dame herself. 

"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 think if women put some more of the time and money they put on their heads in their heads, they’d be better off. "(iris apfel, as told to into the gloss)