How big how blue how beautiful.
What did you think when you heard of the new album title of Florence + the Machine? I thought Florence sings about big blue eyes. But when I saw them performing during their #HBHBHBtour in Berlin in December (it was magical – if you have the chance to see Florence live: Do it!), she told us how all skies and the Ceremonials tour itself inspired her to write this song. Seeing Florence + The Machine performing live was incredible. I wish I would have seen them before. I bought the deluxe album right after the release and I still enjoy listening to it. The songs are very emotional. Most of them are loud and fast (just like Florence when she’s running on stage), but there are also some quiet ones. My favorite quiet song is St. Jude (you can watch the video below), my favorite loud one doesn’t exist. I like them all too much, there is no chance to decide for only one song. I also have the feeling that Florence developed a style (in her songs and her looks), that has never been more original.
Enjoy this honest interview with Iris Apfel and Leandra Medine (manrepeller.com) talking about style in 2014, identification with yourself, and tips for a happy marriage. Believe me, the 2:24 minutes are worth it.
There are many questions answered by Iris Apfel that I love. For example when Leandra asked her about the madness with her bracelets: “No madness at all. I mean I think it’s important, I think everybody should look well. When you start to take it all too seriously it’s a curse.” When it comes to fashion, I sometimes find myself thinking about an outfit too seriously. Maybe you know that situation: You dress up for a special event and you can’t help but wonder if you wear the right shoes or the right dress, or the right jacket. Or when you’ve got that extraordinary piece in your wardrobe but you never find an occasion to wear it (I’m sure Iris would simply create an occasion). That’s why I like the way she handles it. It may explains the way Iris dresses. In another moment Iris tells her opinion about getting to know yourself: “First you have to know yourself. If you don’t know yourself, then just forget it. Know yourself is not the easiest thing in the world and is often very painful. And takes a long time…I think that’s the greatest fashion faux-pas is people look in the mirror and they see somebody else.” And it is unbelievable that this woman is already 93 years old (and married for 67 years). Congratulations Iris Apfel.
The following film plays with prejudices of how a fashion film should be: dreamy, arty, with a kind of coolness and casualness, but still individual and chic at the same time. Oh and the actress starring in this short film is Lizzy Caplan.