Fashion Power Players
An interview with fashion illustrator Jessica Repetto
Iris Apfel: the muse of New York. A true New York;-)
The irreverent Iris Apfel became the muse of the last NY Fashion Week.
She is 90 years old and a gorgeous look. She gets recognised on the street and trailed by fashion bloggers. She has an entertainment lawyer and her own range of costume jewellery. “I have a fan base,” she told a recent interviewer with undisguised glee. She has become a muse for New York fashion: Ralph Lauren based a 2006 collection on upholstery fabrics as a tribute to Apfel’s work as a textile designer; last month, Apfel attended as guest of honour a catwalk show that the designer Joanna Mastroianni billed as being inspired by Apfel’s style. Mac cosmetics this year launched a range of Iris Apfel colours, including Pink Pigeon and Scarlet Ibis, referencing the name of the Met show – Rare Bird – and Apfel’s penchant for bright colours. Apfel stars, along with Anna Wintour, as a New York grande dame in the documentary Bill Cunningham New York, having been a regular in Cunningham’s photos for several decades, and is set to be the subject of her own documentary by Grey Gardens film-maker Albert Maysles.
Apfel has described herself as “the world’s oldest living teenager”.
Apfel has seized the imagination not as a couture fashion plate but as an example to a free-spirited, adventurous New York mindset that, these days, seems in danger of getting lost beneath the anodyne beauty of a Manhattan aesthetic that worships cosmetic dentistry and blow-drying above individuality or creativity. Marc Jacobs, another New Yorker with a craving for adventure in his clothes, told the International Herald Tribune recently that “it’s the life of these [clothes] that’s interesting to me … whether you find yourself on a curb after partying in a dress, sitting on the curb smoking a cigarette at the end of a night or whether you get whisked away by your Prince Charming.”
Apfel has a story to tell about each of her outfits; she insists that hers is not a fashion collection, because she bought every piece to wear. “I’m a hopeless romantic. I buy things because I fall in love with them. I never buy anything just because it’s valuable,” she says. The unifying principle is excess. "My look is either very baroque or very Zen – everything in between makes me itch."
Marc Jacobs Fall/Winter 2012
New York Fashion Week
Marc Jacobs transformed the stage into snowy ruined castle for his Fall/Winter 2012 presentation. With such an impressive stage, it is obvious that the King of New York Fashion Week has something interesting and unique to offer. To be honest, I’m not sure where this collection came from. Marc Jacobs normally keeps his garments refined and on trend, but this was totally unexpected. At times I thought I was watching a collection by the great John Galliano. I’m not sure if any one else thought this?
Marc had no limits with this collection, he wanted to go for the “wow” factor and this he achieved. With an array of luxurious textiles such as jacquard and brocade, floppy hats, oversized outwear and fur accents, this collection was certainly flamboyant. The silhouettes throughout were very loose and there was many layers to most of the garments. Marc typically paired cropped pants with an oversized coat for example, then paired the outfit with shoes to match the garment. The palette throughout matched the style of garments, including ruby red, gray, black, pink, blue, purple, almost every colour in fact.
Accessories were very eccentric, including shoes with crystallised detailing or buckles, floppy hats, and gloves. The hats were the main focal point in the accessories. There was zebra print hats, leopard print hats, and hats in all sorts of colours and textures (mostly fur).
Overall a collection for the fashion-brave, not really sure if this is classed as “ready-to-wear” but there are a few pieces I would wear if I was a woman (and had the confidence).
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CALGARY Unisex it-bag!!
the Calgary bag debuted during New York Fashion Week back in February and quickly sparked a debate on Twitter and the blogosphere.
The CALGARY shape: a unisex, tote-style bag, simple and elegant on the outside, functional on the inside, designed to fit the lifestyle of the busy modern gentleman or gentlewoman. The bag is entirely padded with neoprene to protect technology, is lined with suede inside, and includes specially designed pockets for iPads, Blackberries, and iPhones.