What is the cache of such dull designs as a Burberry plaid or a Vuitton bag? Conforming designs for the rich or those who want to appear rich. Shades of brown and beige predominate along with a safe stupefying repetition.
You'd never catch Iris Apfel with a Vuitton bag. She's no conformist--let's bring back that word!--whether she's toning down colors or amping them up.
From the website "Art Knowledge News":
Elements of Style According to Iris Apfel:
Never take yourself or an outfit too seriously.
Visit the animal kingdom.
Consider the clergy.
Go high and low.
Don’t fret about your age.
Don’t be afraid to stop traffic.
Consider the clergy? Does she mean we should dress like the pope?
"The Dark Opens," my collection of poems (2008) was chosen for the Autumn House Poetry Prize. Other books include: three collections of poetry; a novel, "In Paterson"; a memoir, "Devotion"; and "A Guide to Writers Homes in New England."