This has to be the fashion and accessory book of the year 2007. Iris Apfel did what many of us want to do, but daren't. Why look drab? Why look neutral? Do you want to stand out in a crowd, and be the person you always dreamed of? Iris Apfel has the answers, and as the title suggests she is certainly irreverent.
It is safe to say, that after reading this highly illustrated, beautifully photographed book showing Iris's daring, mind-blowing creations, the got-together-with-anything look, the hang it all I'll wear what I feel like -- you will be a changed person.
The ethic of Iris goes something like this: Why wear one bracelet when you can wear a dozen? She is herself with 'mix and match', plastic and metal, dresses covered in roses or plastic necklaces slopped around a fur dress. Everything about Iris style is 'mega', ultra, vast. Nothing matches, yet everything feels right. She's hot, yet she's not. She could walk into a charity shop and come out looking stunningly eye-catching. Huge sunglasses, large beads, way out dresses and so on. Iris loves to play and whatever her look - ethnic, retro, 60's she was born to be different. She lives in her own skin, albeit strange to conservative eyes, and it says "notice me, envy me, hate me because I have dared to wear my heart on the outside - and you have not." From the top of her head, to the tips of her toes, she includes the strangest of materials, textures, colours, plus the accessories we all have stuffed away in carrier bags hidden in our cupboards. Why not use your imagination and create your own 'voila - here I come -style'.
I love this book; I would never want to part with it. Each day it is a reminder that whoever we are, there is no need to be a plain Jane. I can step out into the world in whatever I choose and I'll still be me. As Iris Apfel said, when people say 'Take one off, I say 'Add one on'.