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Fashion Icon Iris Apfel Is Not Pleased With Fashion Right Now

Iris Apfel
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Iris Apfel is at New York Fashion Week — and she’s not pleased.

According to Elle, Apfel used her meet-and-greet at the Renaissance Midtown New York Hotel to tell everyone she’s fed up with fashion week. As part of Cunard Line cruises celebration of NYFW, Apfel donned a black-and-white coat with feather accents, and her wrists were adorned with layers of bracelets that are reminiscent of Wonder Woman. At 96, she still has it going on.

Apfel was critical of the way NYFW event itself, as reported by Elle, calling it “a madhouse” and “poorly organized,” especially since it moved from Bryant Park in 2010. With different people showing “all over town,” it’s impossible for someone to leave one show and make it to the next on time. The fashion icon, who has starred in Kate Spade ads among other big name brands, is also over what is now termed “fashion.”

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“There’s really not much fashion anymore,” she said. “It’s become really rather commercial, and everybody copies everybody else.” Yet, even when designers take a risk, Apfel is still critical, saying that when designers try to do something unique, “they do something so insane, like an overcoat with three sleeves.” She sees it as a lack of practicality.

“Clothes are made to be worn,” she emphasized. She also believes that “appropriate” has left the fashion world completely. It’s not that she dislikes athleisure wear or in her words, “lounge-y clothes,” but she’s a firm believer in wearing them at the right time and place, a.k.a not a dinner party.

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Iris Apfel is here for personal expression and inclusivity, however.

“I always say, for me, the worst fashion faux pas is looking in the mirror and seeing somebody else,” she explained. “I mean, people who follow trends or buy labels, they may be very beautiful clothes, but they very often don’t fit the person they’re sitting on.” Apfel wishes that brands would treat plus-size and older women better.

“The people who run fashion have made some terrible errors in my view,” she said.

Whether you agree with her or not, Iris Apfel doesn’t mess around.

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