|Style Icon Iris Apfel KNOWS how to mix her patterns|
Aw, ya gotta love A Rare Bird. I'm not even going to write about Iris Apfel, I just want to share this great image of her. She's been written about all over. If you don't recognize the name here's a quick wiki post about her. No stranger to mixology herself, Kelly Framel, aka the Glamourai has waxed poetic about this style icon many times. 1. 2. 3.
The recent tsk-tsking over my floral overkill over at Vogue Gone Rogue's fashion contest (which ends today by the way) in which a detester proclaimed "Citizen Rosebud is the ugliest combination I have ever seen" and that "something is missing from that picture, and its not a hat, but some Christmas lights," sparked a quick discussion of what was "fashionable." I maintain it takes ALL types, as for me style is about self-expression, and "ugly words" directed at someone who puts themselves out there is NEVER in style. BUT it got my mind rolling over my list of wonderful over-the-top dressing real life people, who inspire my style, who love expressing their unique selves. Iris Apfel's visage instantly popped into my mind.
I absolutely LOVE her look, her way of dress. I don't expect everyone to love it, or to try to dress this way: it is a uniquely Iris. To me she looks like a woman who drinks in life, laughs often and has explored the world. I like those kind of people, people like Iris Apfel, who is for me, a very definite style inspiration.