Iris Apfel On Fashion Posted on 30 Mar 00:52 , 0 comments

Two quotes from this Iris Apfel in The Telegraph stood out to me.

"The fashion industry doesn't just forget old people, it forgets middle-aged people..."

and 

"...If people try to look like me they'll look ridiculous. They should think about who they are and learn how to think for themselves."

I like to think of fashion as fluid and a form of self-expression, but I have to admit, she makes an excellent point when it comes to mainstream fashion and media. I think this has a lot to do with why I decided to enter the world of fashion. I know what I like and I don't always see it in stores, and if I do it is extremely expensive or looks rather hastily made. 

Most people I meet rely heavily on fashion magazines to tell them what's hot and what's not. There's certainly some value in following trends - often there's more new fashion that's good and desirable than sad and boring. At the end of the day though we should all strive to look our best on our own terms. 'Nude' lipstick might look absolutely smashing on you but would end in fashion tragedy for me. A friend of mine placed a picture of some vintage Candies slides on her Facebook timeline and now they're all I want along with a satin jacket. I might not wear them together (so that I don't look like I stepped out of a time machine), but I love both items and that's all that should really count.