Friday, April 1, 2011

Iris Apfel, Editors Beret and Print Charming.

 First time I heard about Iris Apfel is when I stumbled upon the exhibition of her wardrobe in the Metropolitan Museum of Art several years ago. I could not believe that this outrageous, very forward, colorful wardrobe belongs to an 88 year old lady  that since then has taken the world of style by storm. As time was passing by, I have noticed Iris everywhere - in Vogue, In New York Times and even blown up beyond life-size in the window of Barneys department store. :-)))
 I fell in love with Iris and her signature eyeglasses and decided to express it the only way I knew how - by designing a Beret that I decided to name "Editors Beret". :-)))Here it is, one of my newest, favorite creations.
 When you look at Iris's wardrobe it becomes abundantly clear that life is far more fabulous if you live it outside the box. And to do so you definitely have to have no, not courage, you have to have very clear vision of who you are.Not only that, but also freedom of expression. And this is exactly what is so fascinating about Iris. While great number of women will be obsessing over trying to figure out if their conventional small little black dress is small enough and black enough and what size of pearls would suit it best, Iris, most likely, will have no problem wearing a necklace made of plastic finds – a toy calculator, figurines, a chewing gum packet (as she once did) combining it with her vintage YSL boots in brightest shade of blue or yellow or red .:-)
 As for my "Editors Beret" it attracted a lot of attention and I am happy to say in a good way. To create it I used an amazing fabric of Cecil Beaton Fabric Collection exported from Britain. The fabric with the most beautiful print I have every seen by the name of "Garbo's Eye"...
 As for Iris, I can honestly say, that I want to be just like her when I grow up. The only thing - I will, probably wear more hats that Iris does.:-)
 I am wishing all of you fantastic weekend. We are having snow today and I am still recovering from my terrible flue. Looking forward to a quite weekend at home - I am planning to spend it lounging on my sofa Iris style, responding to all comments and visiting my favorite Blogs.:-))) Always such a wonderful pleasure!



21 comments:

VMcreation-fashion-studio-atelier said...

Hello,my dear,dear friend Anya!

I adore not only marvellous style of Iris,but your extremely great feeling by,dear Anya:-)))*
Your beret creation with these eyes is totaly enchanted,beautiful hat!!!
I got a little admiring smile on my face when I look at this creation...And if it be honest Anya,I was sure,that those drawing eyes was be drawed by you,realy!!!
I think,if you try to do it...it should be not wrong!

Wish you restful weekend,my dearest friend,and take care about you!

Much love,
***Violetta***

Simply Debbie said...

HELLO ANYA, DARLING ANGEL,
I WILL BE PRAYING THAT YOU FEEL BETTER REAL SOON AND FOR YOUR MILLINERY SCHOOL.
CONGRATULATIONS ARE IN ORDER.
THE HAT YOU MADE IN HONOR OF MISS IRIS IS DIVINE....YOU KNOW HOW MUCH I ADORE THIS LADY AND HAVE NEVER MET HER. I LOVE HER WORK ETHIC AND QUITE FRANKLY HER FASHION SENSE...I LOVE HER BIG CHUNKY NECKLACES AND THOSE SIGNATURE GLASSES....HAS SHE SEEN THE HAT YOU MADE YET....SHE WILL THROW HER HEAD BACK, LAUGH, AND SAY....DIVINE DARLING.
HOW WILL YOU DETERMINE WHO ENTERS YOUR MILINERY SCHOOL....

lE POISSON D'AVRIL
HAPPY APRIL FISH DAY
HAVE A SUGAR SWEET DAY
XOXO
Simply Debbie

janettaylor said...

OMG, Anya! That is brilliant, I am crazy for this hat! Hiper COOOOL!

Happy Friday, my dear!
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Rachel {Inspiration in Italy} said...

Wow Anya! I love this hat! It is the most unique and charming beret, and something that I most definitely would love to wear. This hat is the perfect representation of Iris Apfel, and I think she is amazing! She stands out in a crowd, and I love those who think outside of the box as you have said. I especially love how you said, "And to do so you definitely have to have no, not courage, you have to have very clear vision of who you are." That is something that I always want to remember in my own life, and I always want to remember to be true to who I am, no matter how anyone else is dressing or acting around me! I want to be confident in my own style and who I am, just like wonderful Iris. Do you like Betsey Johnson at all? I also appreciate her ability to be unique and not to care what anyone else thinks. I also think there is something so very unique about wearing hats in general, because sadly not everyone appreciates hats. There is something so mysterious and alluring about the girl wearing the amazing hat! ...and "Editors Beret" would be the most gorgeous way to stand out, I LOVE it! The fabric from Great Britain sounds fantastic, and it looks stunning in the result of this hat!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend of rest, Anya. I hope that you can recover fully from the flu and back to 100 % health very soon! Enjoy your time to relax, and I wanted to thank you again for your email. Your uplifting and wise words always help me so much and I am so grateful for you! ♥

xoxo
Rachel

Kate said...

Truly amazing!

Maja said...

WOW! I almost fell of my chair! Amazing hat and her wardrobe looks fantastic! Btw, isn't it time for the monthly post with all the "hat of the day"-pictures? I'm looking forward to it! :D

Armando y Montez said...

Love This Beret! The best!

Lee Duncan is HatStruck said...

Fabulous lady; fabulous hat. Congratulations again on your new teaching venture. I wish I could take one of your classes.

La Petite Gallery said...

Oh Anya, That black hat is gorgeous. I have seen this Iris and she has got pizzaz and oomph. Some stylish lady.
drop over I have a million dollar giveaway. Today is the last day. yvonne

David Toms said...

I too had never heard of her until the exhibition at the Met! Oh to have an afternoon rumaging through her closet! The beret is so much fun!Have a great weekend

lorenabr said...

The Beret is amazing and I love Her stle... had long time ago a post about her.

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Anya,

I too have enjoyed reading about Iris and seeing her fabulous style that she has. Just the huge glasses make her larger than life.
The beret is fabulous and thanks for showing us.

Wishing you a beautiful weekend and hope that you have some time to relax.
Hugs
Carolyn

Jan said...

Great lady.
Inspired fabric choice!
Sorry to hear you're not over the flu.
Get well soon.
xxx

Pratishtha Durga said...

Anya,
I fell in love with this hat when I saw the pictures on facebook. Iris is such an amazing and delightful woman, an inspiration to many. And this hat is the perfect tribute to her whimsical, fun persona.

I love how you are able to translate the inspiration so seamlessly into a creation. It's just beautiful. And what a lovely name for the fabric.

Hope you are feeling better after a weekend's rest my dear friend. Saturday was Cricket frenzy for all of India as we picked up the World Cup after 28 years. I just partied with my friends and am still a bit tired.

Take care and rest dear Anya. And keep creating such beautiful masterpieces.

gleenn said...

Hi Anya,

She does make outstanding hats. Who would say pink and bright colors are only for young? She looks like she's got a bubbly personality, an example of aging with grace. :)

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Darling Anya ...

What a perfect tribute to Iris Apfel!! Her style is at once bright and happy and chic!! I too only hope that I'm this confident in my style when I am her age. What a fabulous gift to know so well who you are and what you want the world to now about you. Love it. Love how the eyes you created for your beret run along the side as well!! Beautiful work of art. xoxo

Dustjacket Attic said...

What an amazing lady and what a wonderful way to pay tribute to her....I just love your creation, it's fantastic!
xxxx

Talking with Tami said...

I love her she is full of spunk! Go Girl! xoxo

Kat said...

i'm a big fan of her style, she's one classy lady, isn't she?
i always wanted to draw and your hat really gives her justice, it's perfect!

i hope someday i will wear one of your fabulous hats :)

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Hello darling. Just dropping by to say happy Monday to you. Hoping all is well? xo

SmashinglyBeautiful said...

Hi! I'm interested in your millinery program! I love making beaded headdresses but there is nothing in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. I'm already going to teach myself French flower making for my garments I will be making this semester in fashion design! If you have any kind of pamphlet on the millinery program, I would love this!
Thanks so much, Edie Lichtherte