Iris Apfel: Don't copy, it's a faux pas
Iris Apfel suggests people commit fashion "blunders" because they are too busy pretending to be someone they're not.
The 94-year-old fashion star is famed for her individual look, consisting of giant round glasses and usually a lot of pattern and jewellery. She finds it hard to impart style advice because her main view is that people should do what feels right for themselves, especially as so often when an outfit doesn't work it's because it's been copied.
"The greatest fashion faux pas is looking in the mirror and seeing somebody else," she warned Karley Sciortino of s**tever.com. "So many people look so badly, in my view, because they try to emulate... People don’t know who they are, or what they really look like, because if they did they wouldn’t commit some of the blunders that they do."
Iris rose to prominence over the last ten years and still finds it strange that people are interested in her appearance. She's always simply chosen outfits and accessories which make her happy, insisting the point has never been to rebel against trends or "change the world".
That said, one of her key pieces of advice is for people to take some risks. That means trying out new looks, pairing odd combinations and seeing if they work together. If they don't Iris reasons nothing has been lost - simply get undressed and start again.
"Eventually, unless you’re a hack - if you’re a person who can look, feel, think and see - you eventually start to express yourself," she explained. "It’s the same with writing, cooking, or anything else. It’s fundamental common sense; it’s not magic. People always think that I can tell them how to have style, but it doesn’t work that way. There’s no formula.”