Eccentric and wisecracking fashion icon, 93-year-old Iris Apfel shares her views on style, love and growing old in the late Albert Maysles last documentary – out in cinemas now. Here’s what we learnt from the self-confessed ‘geriatric starlet’:
1. “To me it’s not intellectual, it’s all gut”
Just as content haggling for $8 bracelets in Harlem as she is shopping designer collections, Iris preaches dressing from the heart – and trusting your gut. Her architectural approach to stacking up necklaces and bangles and affinity for colour and print are the cornerstones of her offbeat style – landing her a sell-out solo show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2005. Our favourite piece? Look out for the mad jacket she picks up in a Palm Beach vintage store – serious ’80s vibes.
2. “If you hang around long enough, everything comes back”
Iris takes hoarding to the next level – collecting anything from antique furniture found on her travels with husband Carl, to funny stuffed animals that make her smile. The lesson here? Life is short, so hold on to things that make you happy. If nothing else, you will have a vintage wardrobe to die for.
3. “Colour can raise the dead”
“They all wear black, it’s not style - it’s a uniform,” says Iris on New Yorkers; “life is grey and dull, you might as well have fun with the way you dress and amuse people.” We love the idea of dressing to make other people happy, even if we’re not quite ready to let go of our trusty black skinnies just yet…
4. “It’s better to be happy than well dressed”
Iris’s husband Carl turns 100 during filming and she throws him a birthday party. They discuss yoghurt flavours on a park bench. She buys him a snapback. These are the important things in life – not clothes.
5. “I couldn’t be friends with anyone who wasn’t curious and didn’t have a sense of humour”
Iris has some very cool friends. Watching her flirt with Kanye (yes, you heard) and fangirl over J Crew with Jenna Lyons is fun, but it is her interactions with long-term pals Bruce Weber and Albert Maysles that made us realise how important it is to surround yourself with like-minded, creative people. Iris – we salute you.
Iris is out in cinemas now. Watch the trailer here.
Say hello to the new beauty trend we’re obsessed with: Strobing. This make-up technique takes highlighting to another level, adding luminosity to key areas for fresh glowy skin. It’s easy in ten lightening-quick steps…
1. After moisturising apply the Airbrush Primer to your T-Zone
2. Use a flat brush to cover any red areas with a light veil of Foundation
3. Cover any blemishes and imperfections with Concealer
4. Blend Cream Blush in Afternoon Tea onto the apples of the cheeks for a healthy finish
5. Using a blusher brush, lightly buff Chameleon Highlighter onto cheekbones, apples of cheeks, down the bridge of the nose, cupid’s bow, chin and forehead – just follow the face map below!
6. Use a loose blending brush to sweep Nude Eyes in Naked onto the eyelid for natural definition
7. Dab Lip Balm over your eyeshadow for a glossy finish
8. Groom brows by brushing hair outwards and upwards before filling in any gaps with Eyebrow Pencil
9. Trace your lip shape with Lip Liner, perfecting with a cotton bud dipped in moisturiser or make-up remover
10. Apply Lip and Cheek smudge in Red Shoes for the perfect bold lip to compliment your glowing skin
Like this look? Check out more Topshop beauty tutorials here
Our Endless Summer series is coming back to LA this Saturday with a music session from the dreamy Empress Of. (Find out how to get your free tickets here!) We nabbed some time with the in-demand, up-and-coming electro queen to ask a few key questions before her show at Monte de Leo Polito Park this weekend.
Where does the name Empress Of come from?
From a tarot card reading a friend gave me. The first card he laid out was the Empress but I couldn’t call myself just Empress of one thing so I decided to go by Empress Of.
What’s your earliest musical memory?
A Beatles cassette tape I played over and over again as a kid.
What musical artist has been the most influential?
Kanye. He is absolutely crazy but also an absolute genius and I love his albums. He keeps pushing himself creatively whether it’s commercially successful or not, he just wants to make good art. That’s what I want to do.
How does living in Brooklyn inspire your music?
Being surrounded by so many incredible artists inspires me. I met one of my favorite visual artists Johnny Abrahms on the L train. I was reading a book and he asked me about it and I’ve been in love with his paintings ever since.
How does style and fashion come into your music if at all?
I love flowy dresses and skirts. I think it’s mostly because I love to dance and I want my motions to be magnified by the swish of a skirt.
How would you describe your performance style?
What’s your favourite thing to do on your day off in New York?
Eat an ice cream cone in the park with a really nice person.
What do you love about LA?
I love my mom, tacos, in-n-out [burger], the ocean and palm trees.
Head down to our store at LA’s The Grove to pick up your free wristband to party with us at Montecillo de Leo Polito Park on Saturday for free food, drinks and to see Empress Of play!
From a classic Kate Moss wayfarer, to Victoria Beckham’s noughties aviator days, Ray-Ban has long held the crown when it comes to sunglasses. Thinking of investing? We’ve got some good news – the brand’s just landed at Topshop. To celebrate its arrival we’re taking inspiration from the girls who wear Ray-Bans best.
Fun fact: Why are Ray-Bans called Ray-Bans? Because they ban the sun’s rays… Mind. Blown.
1. ROUND ROUND, BABY
Ever the bad girl’s go-to, round Ray-Bans look amazing when you take them full ’70s and team with shearling and a shaggy fringe like model Behati Prinsloo. You can get them with pink lenses too, which means you will literally be wearing rose-tinted glasses. Amazing.
2. THE ONLY WAY(FARER)
Worn by music legends like Debbie Harry and Madonna and in tonnes of famous films (think Patricia Arquette’s red pair in True Romance), wayfarers always bring a bit of classic rock ‘n’ roll to an outfit. Channel Kate Moss in her noughties heyday and wear with a tee and dishevelled hair, or keep it sleek and try them with a Taylor Swift-style red lip.
3. THE AVIATION SITUATION
Will aviators ever go out of style? We doubt it. Wear yours like ’70s band Runaways, with flares and seriously high platforms, or go for a polished California vibe like Kendall Jenner with a statement jumpsuit and ‘no make-up’ make-up.
Decided? Shop your Ray-Ban winner now.
If you’re following London’s coolest girls on Instagram, chances are you’ll have seen #charmgang popping up on their captions. This is the latest collection from jewellery pros My Flash Trash, who have recently teamed up with some of the best babes in the creative world to create a series of individually designed charm bracelets, which you can shop now at Topshop! To celebrate the launch of the collection The Flash Trash girls took technology next-level and interviewed their collaborators over iMessage. First up is co-founder of our fave zine, The Mushpit’s Bertie Brandes. Scroll through the images below to see her chat Magic Mike, vlogging and where she finds Mushpit material…