Saturday, June 6, 2015

Iris

I went to see Iris a week a go and I can't stop thinking about this movie, this woman. No truer feels have ever been felt than my admiration for Iris.

If you love fashion and don't know who Iris Apfel is I don't even know what you're doing with your life. Whether you like her style or not doesn't matter - this woman is an icon. She speaks a lot in the movie about people wearing "uniforms" and all looking the same. She never says anyone looks "bad" or "unstylish" just boring. Which I find myself inclined to agree with.

I love a woman in an all black ensemble. I love in a woman in Sperrys with a polo and some khakis. I love a woman in a flowy maxi skirt and a crop top. I love a woman in a t-shirt and jeans. What I don't love is when I see four women together and they all look exactly the same. That's not style - that's a uniform.

Iris said she does what she wants and she always wears what feels right. I can't tell you how many times I've said "I don't have anything to wear" and what I meant was "none of this feels like who I want to be today."

In an interview with Vanity Fair that released the day her documentary came out, she was asked if she thought of clothing as a kind of armor. It was so strange to read this question in print. When I younger, people used to ask what I was hiding behind my colored hair and tulle skirt. I couldn't put into words what I wanted to say, but I knew I wasn't hiding - I was creating.

"Well, I suppose it is for some people, but I don’t know that I have anything to fight against, or anything to protect myself from. I’m like a blank canvas: it’s kind of my way of being an artist." - Iris

I left the theatre feeling inspired. This is a great movie for anyone who loves fashion, but it's also so much bigger than that. Iris approaches style like she seems to approach life - positive, creative, and fun! Why waste time on ugly clothes OR ugly feelings?

Until Next Time,
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