Iris Apfel – the 96 year old fashion icon

In my last post I mentioned fashion legend Iris Apfel. A self confessed ‘accessory freak’ I’ve always been aware of but never looked greatly in depth at. That was until today. In our seminar last week my lecturer made it clear we need to know more about fashion history, and the more I thought about it the more I realised I have little to no knowledge on the history of fashion. That being said, I’ve made it my mission, in between doing actual uni assignments, to research more on what’s made fashion what it is today, and Iris seemed the perfect place to start. An eccentric dresser, true New Yorker, and all round cool lady, Iris is the kind of 96 year old we should all aim to be.

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What really is style?

I always feel that if you’re gonna be uncomfortable and unhappy in something, just because you think it’s in or it’s chic, I would advise you to be happy rather than well-dressed. It’s better to be happy.” – Iris Apfel

In my lecture on Thursday we discussed people who have influenced fashion. People like Coco Chanel, an extremely elegant lady, and Iris Apfel, an eccentric fashion icon, were mentioned. With so many conflicting idols in the fashion world, and so many different opinions on what is ‘stylish’ it made me question what ‘style’ really is. Is it what Vogue tells us it is? It it what features predominantly on the catwalks? Or is it what we see in street style photos? There’s so many different ways to describe what style really is, and I want to get to the bottom of it.  View Post

“When the World Zigs, Zag” – Hegarty on Creativity

I’m back today with a new look, and a new book! I couldn’t be happier with my move to wordpress.org, and my new pipdig theme, and hopefully this will inspire me to blog more consistently (especially seeing as it wasn’t all too cheap!). My excitement about my new blog layout aside, today I’m here to talk about another book I’ve recently read. Book reviews aren’t always my favourite posts to write, however I like to think that one day they might be useful to people studying a similar course to me – I know I’m always scouring the internet for blog posts from people in a similar position as me, they’re super helpful, especially when you have no clue where to start on an assignment. The book in question today is ‘Hegarty on Creativity: There Are No Rules’ by John Hegarty, and unlike my other book review this one is a bit more positive! View Post

Tate Liverpool – what I really think about Modern Art

So in my last post I said I was ready to get back to regular posting. Over a month later, clearly that didn’t happen. However with a re-haul of the look of my blog, a change in my hosting service, and having invested actual money, I have no choice but to get serious about my blog! I’m starting up again with a post about a recent trip to Liverpool, namely to Liverpool Tate, a gallery full of ‘British and international modern and contemporary art‘. I’ve talked lots about my relationship (or lack of) with art, and how I’m on a journey to become more cultured as a whole, and the Tate Liverpool definitely opened my eyes to a new, albeit weird, world. View Post

69: Why non-demographic clothing is the way forward

I’ve been back at Uni for three weeks now, and I’ve had the flu pretty much ever since. Now I’m not saying that I’m allergic to Uni, but all the signs are there! Sickness, and snow storms aside (the ‘Beast from the East’ has finally hit Notts), it felt about time to get back into the swing of blogging regularly – and I’ve finally found a topic worthy of my return. When we were set a task last week to pick a brand to produce an in-depth brand board and presentation about, my group decided we wanted to focus on a brand with a cause, a brand that was doing something no one else really was. That’s when we stumbled upon ’69’, a brand that makes unisex clothing for anyone and everyone. View Post