Iris Apfel Wages War On Jeans Over Size 10

Iris Apfel comes across as alternately charming and, well, a bit of a pill in this new interview. The socialite tried to blow off her meeting with the Telegraph — which had been in the works for months, and for which a reporter had flown from London — at the last minute "because the weather is so disgusting." (The interview was to take place indoors, at her home.) Apfel goes on to talk about how she turned down Lindsay Lohan when the starlet asked Apfel to be her "fashion Guru", saying, "I can't tell people how to have style. No amount of money can buy you style. It's just instinctive. You can't try to be somebody you're not; that's not style. If someone says, 'Buy this, you'll be stylish,' you won't be stylish because you won't be you. You have to learn who you are first and that's painful." And about how she talked her way backstage to meet Duke Ellington as a young thing:

"I got all dressed up; I think I had more nerve than brains. I went backstage and knocked on the door and Ray Nance [Ellington's trumpeter] came out and said, 'Lordy, lordy, who's your tailor?' I explained my mission and he said he was sure the Duke would see me. The Duke couldn't have been nicer and said he'd introduce me to all the greats in Chicago. My mother was very dubious, so I told her, 'He's the most elegant gentleman.' She said, 'I don't give a damn how elegant he is, you're not going to Chicago.' But I did."

But, well, there's this:

"Now when I walk down Fifth Avenue in the summertime I just want to throw up. It seems that the fatter and uglier people are, the fewer clothes they wear. The shorts and flip-flops and tight jeans on butts that go from here to Poughkeepsie. I always say they should put people in jail for wearing clothes like that. Especially stretch jeans over size 10 — they should be outlawed. Ten years ago people were starting to look like slobs in New York, now it's an epidemic."

Regardless, Apfel would never say anything to someone she thought was poorly dressed. "Oh, now that would be horrible. It's a free country — if you want to look like a freak, that's your problem." Talking about it in a widely read newspaper on the other hand is all above-board! Apfel is elderly. When asked about London street style, for example, the noted jewelry fan launches into some stuff about "the wonderful eccentrics like the kids on Carnaby Street or the punks or whatever the heck they are," which rather suggests that she hasn't been to London in a very, very long time. [Telegraph]


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