The Apfel Truth: The Wit and Wisdom of Our Favorite Geriatric Fashionista

“I miss the New York of the 1950s. It was fabulous then, everyone looked beautiful. Now when I walk down Fifth Avenue in the summertime I just want to throw up. It seems that the fatter and uglier people are, the fewer clothes they wear. The shorts and flip-flops and tight jeans on butts that go from here to Poughkeepsie. I always say they should put people in jail for wearing clothes like that. Especially stretch jeans over size 10 – they should be outlawed. Ten years ago people were starting to look like slobs in New York, now it’s an epidemic.

“I can’t tell people how to have style. No amount of money can buy you style. It’s just instinctive. You can’t try to be somebody you’re not; that’s not style. I don’t try to intellectualise about it because it tightens you up. I think you have to be loose as a goose.

“At the Golden Globes and Oscars they all look alike – it seems like they’re all wearing the same nightgown and this year nobody had any jewelery at all. Only Helen Mirren was wearing a beautiful necklace, but even she got it wrong because the necklace just ruined the dress. I think the designer must have wanted to kill himself when he saw her.”

(via an interview with the legendary Iris Apfel in The Telegraph)


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