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Friday, April 10, 2015

Fashion & Style Quote of The Day: "It's not the appearance, it's the essence..." Coco Chanel


Happy Friday‬ 

"It's not the appearance, it's the essence. 
It's not the money, it's the education. 
It's not the clothes, it's the class." 
~ Coco Chanel

Iris Apfel Doesn’t Do Normcore



You've been a mainstay of the New York fashion scene for years, and you're now the subject of a documentary, “Iris,” directed by Albert Maysles. Considering how long you've been around, are you surprised at all the recent interest in your life? It seems insane to me. I'm doing nothing different than what I've done for the last 70-odd years. Maybe I was ahead of the game, and people caught up with me. There aren't too many 93-year-old cover girls around.

Do you think our attitude about age has changed? Not fast enough. Designers have completely ignored the over-65-year-old market. We have plenty of time and expendable income, and we can't find anything to buy, because everything is designed for 15-year-olds. I mean, the youth market has to be served, but not with $5,000 dresses.




You're also a visiting professor at the University of Texas at Austin. Do you think style can be taught? No. Fashion expertise, yes. But style has nothing to do with how much you spend on your clothes. The most stylish people I've seen in my life were in Naples right after the Second World War. They were all practically in tatters. But the way they threw themselves together and carried themselves, they really looked like a squillion dollars.

You're celebrated by designers for your eccentric style, but many of those same people tend to dress in low-profile ways. Why do you think that is? I mean, lots of people pay lip service to it, but they won't wear it. They're afraid. You gotta know yourself very well, and you have to be honest with what you can pull off. If you're not comfortable with it, no matter how marvelous the outfit is, you're gonna look like a jerk, because you're gonna be so uncomfortable. I think, given a choice, it's better to be unstylish but happy.




Have you heard of “normcore”? Normcore? What's that?

Basically, wearing the simplest, most lowbrow design possible. It's fashionable anti-fashion. Oh, please. I have nothing to do with that.

Similarly, people seem to be obsessed with decluttering their homes these days, but you're known for keeping your house filled with all sorts of treasures. Why? I love clutter. I think being totally minimal shows a lack of history and soul, and I find it sort of pitiful. I think it's wonderful to have stuff and live with memories and things you enjoy.




Do you think it was easier for older generations to be glamorous? 

Well, it took some work and a little imagination. I think most young people have been totally devastated with the advent of all this pressing buttons. That's all they seem to know how to do. I mean, just look around. Very few relationships they have last. They don't know how to read. They don't know how to write. They have no social grace. I am just appalled by it.

What about Tavi Gevinson? She interviewed you for Newsweek, and she started her fashion blog when she was 11. 

I love Tavi. She's adorable, but I just don't have any faith in or respect for social media.




New York has changed a lot in the 93 years you've lived here. The beloved discount store Loehmann's is gone. I wanted to sit shiva. Poor Loehmann's.

I was surprised you couldn't save Loehmann's on your own. Well, I tried. No, I didn't; in the last few years, I haven't bought that much. I don't need anything. When I first discovered Loehmann's, it was just one store in Brooklyn, and it was a treasure trove.




But you had to pay in other ways at Loehmann's. It had those awkward communal dressing rooms. There's no free lunch, baby. You have to give up something to get something else, but that's a very small price. A naked lady with a big butt? That doesn't offend me at all if she gives me enough space to see myself.

This interview originally publish on The New York Times