Photo of Iris via lifestylehunters
If you’ve been reading any fashion publications as of late, I am sure you are well acquinted with the new documentary IRIS, a film by Albert Maysles, which spotlights the 93 year-old fashion icon. According to Magnolia Pictures, the studio behind the film, it is “More than a fashion film, the documentary is a story about creativity and how a soaring free spirit continues to inspire. IRIS portrays a singular woman whose enthusiasm for fashion, art and people are life’s sustenance and reminds us that dressing, and indeed life, is nothing but an experiment.” ( – See more at: http://www.magpictures.com/iris/#sthash.QKTqwILI.dpuf )
I have come to the conclusion that Iris and my 7 year-old daughter Sienna have many things in common, and can teach us all some much valuable lessons:
Live out loud – don’t be afraid of color
Iris: “Life is grey and dull. You may as well have a little fun when you dress and amuse people.” Iris
Sienna: “You need color in your life mama. Color makes you happy. Stop buying black.”
March to the beat of your own drum
Iris: “ I like to improvise. I always think I like to do things as though I’m playing jazz – try this, try that.” Iris
Sienna: “I like to freestyle mama…check out my crazy moves.” Sienna, in the parking lot, breaking it down, wildly flailing her arms around.
Overdo it – be eccentric
Iris: “More is more and less is a bore.” – refinery 29
Sienna: “The sparklier, the better!” Sienna, in her oversized glitter headband, glitter hair clip and glitter purse.
Iris: “What’s my style is not your style, and I don’t see how you can define it. It’s something that expresses who you are in your own way.” – via One Kings Lane
Sienna: “Stop picking out clothes that YOU like – pick clothes that I like,” pointing at the bejeweled rainbow tie-dye fringe dress.
Happiness is everything
Iris: “I would advise you to be happy rather than well-dressed. It’s better to be happy.” via Bustle.com
Sienna: “This is the best outfit ever!” in her leopard tights, frozen tee, leopard cardigan and leopard sneakers ( rainbow hued )