Ahead Of The Runway Show: Iris Apfel Talks About Life, Style And Fashion

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Ahead Of The Runway Show: Iris Apfel Talks About Life, Style And Fashion
Ahead Of The Runway Show: Iris Apfel Talks About Life, Style And Fashion
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The Moscow Beat 2015 film festival will show a new amazing film dedicated to the famous style icon. The screening of the film "Iris" will take place on May 31 at the "Formula Kino Horizon" cinema. This film was the last - unfinished - work of the American director Albert Meisels, who did not die in March this year.


Iris Apfel is a 92-year-old fashion icon, designer and model based in New York. Her clothing collection has been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum, she has graced the cover of the iconic Dazed & Confused, and all New York fashion is associated with her name. Director Albert Meisels tells about the Iris phenomenon in his film, following his heroine throughout Manhattan and diluting interviews and sketches with frames from the family archive. On the eve of the Iris premiere, the style icon is giving interviews, in which he very accurately and wisely talks about his own life, style and fashion.

How did the idea for the film come about? Have you known Albert Meisels for a long time?

- No, not at all. People always think this is the case, but we only met a few years ago. Our mutual acquaintances told me about his project, and I was interested. At that time, I was just starting to work with the University of Texas. Do you see what I'm talking about?


- Perfectly. People cannot know about everything. At the University of Texas, I am doing a good program. I act as a fashion critic at the end of each season. You know, I was just shocked by the lack of knowledge of the students about how the fashion industry works. They all think fashion is red carpets. In fact, fashion is much more. I offered my program to the university, and they liked the idea. Now this program is already five years old.

And Albert found out about this program?

- Quite right. He heard about it and called me. On the phone, Albert asked if he could film me, at first I refused. Then I called my good friend Linda Fargo from Bergdorf Goodman and she said, “People are ready to kill to film with Albert Meisels! If he wants to make a documentary about you, be sure to agree. " So I had to call him back. After the first meeting, I literally fell in love with him. We have shot a lot of footage in four years.

The picture tells a lot of stories about you, an incredible number of topics are touched upon. How did you set the accents for the movie to be successful?

- I didn’t know what to expect from the picture, so I wasn’t surprised at the result. For the first time I saw the film at a festival in New York and thought that we talked about everything in it, it seems. Of course, I was very happy.

There is a scene in the movie where you look at a lot of strange things in the store and still find some pearls. How do you do it?

- Oh, this is bread and wine for me! I'd rather go to a flea market than just mess around. This is a very exciting process, which is not a waste of time. Even in my own closet, I love to search and find something new.

How much time per day do you spend getting dressed?

“Actually, I don’t spend a lot of time on it. At least not every day. I am a very busy person, so I get very annoyed when people talk about me as a "fashionista". I dress specifically when I need to go out somewhere, the rest of the time I prefer jeans.

There is also a moment in the film where you talk about the golden times of individual style, when it was customary to dress uniquely

- I'm not sure I was talking about this, but I can see that today most people's clothes look more like uniforms. Perhaps there are just a few people who stand out from the crowd. I walk around New York and think that I don't see people I would like to look at. Everyone is trying to match something. It's pretty simple, because individuality takes effort. Individuality is much more important than fashion itself.

At Iris, you talk a lot about different designers. Who do you like besides Duro Olov and Dries Van Noten?

- I love Ralph Ryucci. It seems to me that he is a real genius, he is the only true couturier here in the States. There are very few such people now. When I was young, I lived in the era of great designers.

From the screen, you talk a lot about the fact that girls should be individuals, they should express themselves, make a career, and not get hung up on the house and children. That being said, you don't seem like a feminist

- God, no. Of course, I'm not a feminist. I just live like that. I have never felt discriminated against, but have always been a woman and have done what I believe in. If feminists think that my path is good, I'm only glad.

Would you like to pursue a more specific career in fashion?

- I don’t think so. I never had any plans, I just plunged into it all. Fashion for me was a part of life. A very natural part. I did not learn about her from someone, I just always understood her.

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