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Iris Apfel: I'm more than fashion

Published 17/08/2015

Iris Apfel
Iris Apfel

Iris Apfel hopes people understand there is more to her than a love of clothes.

The 93-year-old star's love of heavily-framed glasses and extravagant accessories has seen her become a stalwart of the fashion world, with a movie even made about her. It took her a while to get on board with the idea of the film, mostly because she doesn't want people to think a love of clothes is all there is to her.

"I think fashion is just part of my life and if it hadn’t been, fashion then it would have been something else. I was so worried in the film that I would come across as some empty-headed fashionista," she told, and was then assured that wasn't the case.

"Thank God for that, because there are so many empty-headed people in the fashion business who take themselves way too seriously and I don't think I am at all like one of them. To me, there are lots more important things in the world than just having the right shoes!"

Iris also gave some fashionable tips, including that people shouldn't over think what they're wearing. She can always tell when someone has spent too much time putting an outfit together as they never look that happy or comfortable, two things which are top of the list of requirements for Iris.

For the star, being happy with your outfit is far more important than being considered 'well dressed', although there is still something to be said for having a unique style. The single most important thing for that is understanding who you are and what you like, according to Iris.

"If you don't know who you are, you will either get swallowed up or you follow some unsuitable trends and just become a nonentity," she advised. "It's not easy to know who you are and it's very painful and takes a lot of time and that is why a lot of people don't want to put in the effort. However, if you don’t have any individuality and you're happy just being one of the girls (or boys), be my guest. I'm not the fashion police. I won’t fault you."

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