Today I went to see "Iris" at the Modern. A documentary about Iris Apfel by Albert Maysles. It was wonderful! Very inspiring and so to speak eye opening. If you guys are familiar with Iris, you know her very bold style. She is all about color, chunky jewelry, crazy shapes and of course couture. She talks about how very "safe" fashion is this days. If you took to the streets of New York, all you'll see is black. This is true and I my self am guilty of it. I go for black any chance I get. I look at beautiful garments with bold, beautiful colors and they scare the shit out of me! I feel like black can do no wrong. Its sharp, clean, strong and very much slimming. But walking out after seeing "Iris", it makes me want to rethink my color-phobia. Makes me want to push my self out of my comfort zone and find a way to work some color into my love for edgy black.
Aside from her wardrobe, she seams to project color into her whole life. She is constantly creating, inspiring and living her life to the absolute fullest. She mentioned that she gets depressed if she stops moving. Her life is so interesting, from all her travels, accomplishments, her friendships and marriage. Every where she goes people love her, respect her, aspire to be more like her. Linda Fargo her self said that she had a lot of catching up to do. Although she was talking about her jewelry collection which Iris had landed to Bergdorf Goodman, which they used for the BG's window displays.
Iris talkes about where most of her collection comes from. She says that it is hard work, as she goes out and finds all of it, and sometimes even does a little haggling. I haven't given my shopping habits much thought lately. I really don't shop nearly as much as I used to, say eight years ago. Back than I would used to go into a discount store and stay there for hours, sniffing out the best for the less. And I would never EVER shop online, I always said that seeing and feeling the fabric was important. These days however its a different story, I really dislike shopping. I bet most of you right now are gasping, how can she not like to shop? Well after working retail, I still can't get back that loving feeling for shopping (now you're just shaking your head). Which brings me back to the internet and how convenient I find being able to shop not having to leave the house or even on the go. Any way I went on a little tangent there. What I am saying is that this film inspired me to get out of my PJs and go exploring, on a treasure hunt. To reignite that feeling when you find a new piece that you know no one else has. To get away from the main stream retailers, stay away from the malls and find smaller boutiques with limited quantities, and more importantly… Local businesses (like Shastra from my earlier blog). Hm although if you think about it, Neiman Marcus is a locate business (for those of you who don't know, I'm in Texas), and I do love a designer bag.
Anyways… For all of you fashion lovers out there, I highly recommend this film. Iris is beautiful, inspiring and very funny.
Oh I almost forgot to mention. I did meet Iris, at a Last Call store in Grapevine. Guess what she was doing…LOL She was haggling with one of the managers over this gorge pancho looking thing she picked out (I thing it had a few snags in it.) Not sure if she got her way that time, but this woman definitely know how to get a good deal, which is another reason I like her ( I never pay full price for anything! ).