Homage to Iris, our Style Not Age challenge for March




Earlier this month the designer, decorator and style icon, Iris Apfel died at the age of 102, leaving behind a wealth of imagery to inspire the fashion lovers amongst us. Her viewpoint that "colour can raise the dead" sums up her dedication to powerful dressing. Iris enjoyed finding a bargain and never paid full price for her clothes or jewellery, trawling shops, flea markets and bazaars for unique pieces to add to her immense collection. To quote the Guardian Obituary, "She is the most decorative sight in each shot, her ensembles put together with complex cadenzas atop an underlying, tailored, structure - they are like jazz - not a statement, but a conversation."




A chestful of jewellery was her most favoured look and one that I've taken to heart for this month's challenge. I felt I simply had to choose Iris as our theme this month for all the right reasons. She stated that money couldn't buy personal style - according to her all that mattered is "attitude, attitude, attitude". Curating her clothes and improvising an outfit was her daily ritual, a joy, resulting in a 'zingy pzazz' unlike any other. 




I love Hilda's interpretation of this month's theme - I'm sure Iris would have approved too! The colourful shirt is fabulous adorned with bangles, beads and baubles in excess. See more from Hilda on her blog here. 




Another splash of colour in these citrus brights comes from Gail in her sporty homage to Iris. Catch up with all the latest from Gail on her blog Is This Mutton? 




Jacqui has taken a monochrome twist for her homage to Iris. Beads and bangles inject that signature pzazz to her dress and boots combo. See Mummabstylish for Jacqui's latest news.




Emma is sporting her Iris Apfel suit from the H&M collaboration (which I too proudly own) plus matching slippers topped with a fabulous jacket and Iris earrings. What a fitting homage to the Queen of Style! Emma carries the look off with true panache. See more on her blog The Style Splash. 




I bought this new suit with today's feature in mind as the colours and pattern are as bold as you get. Purchased on Vinted for the bargain basement price of £10 I thought it tied in with Iris's shopping philosophy too. 




The leather boots were also Vinted bargains at only £6 leaving me feel rather pleased with myself. I only managed to wear them for a few hours, but I felt they were essential to finish off the outfit.




Dressing fancy and fancy dress could so easily be confused, but hopefully I don't cross that line with my outfit of the day. I wore this to work last week to our first Timeshare drinks party and it did garner me some compliments rather than raised eyebrows.




I'm currently waiting for my copy of the book Rare Bird of Fashion: The Irreverant Iris Apfel and can't wait to feast my eyes on her exuberantly idiosyncratic style. 
 I was a latecomer to her fan club, but she epitomised all that I aspire to be - bold, bright with I-couldn't-care-less-what-you-think-of-me style where age is totally irrelavant to how one ought to dress. Every photo of her spoke of her joy in dressing up for the day, the pleasure to be had in mixing colours, fabrics and textures, no matter from what era or corner of the globe. I admired her strength, her self-knowledge and complete disregard to the self limiting rules of dressing. She truly was an inspiration and an icon. 

                                                                        Anna x

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  1. What a fantastic choice for Style Not Age! I think you came closest to emulating Iris' exuberance, Anna, with Emma right up there with you in that fabulous suit (oh how I wish I could find one over on this side of the pond). Your Vinted picks are stellar. Brava!

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    1. Do you have Vinted across your side of the pond Sheila? It's such a joy to trawl through and is full of all sorts of temptations x

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  2. Anna what a fabulous outfit. Definitely Iris would have approved. And those boots.... OMG how did you even wear them for a few hours....

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    1. Thanks Hilda. Our evening do was just long enough for me to cope with these boots, but oh, how I love them!

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  3. Oh my goodness Anna, you have totally pulled this one off!
    You look amazing and what a great, colourful and flamboyant send off to the wonderful Iris. Love it! Xx

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  4. Oh wow. You’ve done Iris proud Anna. What a marvellous masterpiece and exemplary copy of her fabulous style. Thanks for the inspiration Anna x. Jacqui

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    1. Such fun to do this one Jacqui - I was in my element! Cheers xx

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  5. I love this suit, the bold print is fabulous! The jewellery is perfect with it too. Vinted is a treasure trove of bargains - I'm addicted!

    Emma xxx
    www.style-splash.com

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    1. Thank goodness I'm not the only one addicted to Vinted! xx

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  6. I was sad to hear she had died. This is a BRILLIANT collection of outfits which she would fully approve of!x

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