I was idly clicking through the "Just In" section of Matches Fashion, when I noticed a peculiar trend was starting to emerge.


I think we can blame it on Iris Apfel.

Iris loves an oversized accessory, jacket or anything else really, and her influence in fashion in the past 10 years cannot be overstated. She is the 90 plus year old darling of the fashion cognoscenti. Along with young women who are dying their hair grey, fashion designers are drawing inspiration from the proportions of a certain Older Women style

Gucci - Is it just me? I get strong Ronald McDonald vibes from this

So it's no surprise then, to see oversized sunglasses being the "thing" of the moment. Even if they're starting to get incredibly oversized, to a point where you could easily go incognito as no one can discern your face behind the frame

Karen Walker

But other items have also become curiously large.

Raey

Jumpers/ Sweaters, where you can't actually see hands poking out.

Stella McCartney

Voluminous skirts, shirts and trousers that look as if you're playing dress up in your Mother's clothes aged 4.

Saint Laurent

It's distinctively unflattering, including the jeans style I last wore circa 1999 when waists were still high, the cut was loose, and a mid wash denim was all the go.

Red Valentino

I will be avoiding all of this like the plague. Being of average, rather than supermodel, proportions I would absolutely drown in all of these things.
Attico

But then I saw something that can be worn by a women of any size or height and who has a love of accessorising. Ankle Bracelets. It appears they're a thing. A £165 thing. Sorry to inform you though that they're already pre -sold out in every colour.


I'm thinking I'm probably going to sit these looks out, although I'll watch with breathless anticipation to see if the youth of Adelaide adopt these global trends - you?

Images via the Just In section of Matches Fashion

28 comments:

  1. I cannot believe those ankle bracelets are pre-sold out in every colour - they are hideous! I sure hope the youth of Adelaide don't adopt these global trends! Those sandals in the Stella McCartney photo are also hideous - think I will stick with my ballet flats. So good to have some cooler weather - have a great week Heidi. Jo xx

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    1. I couldn't believe it either Jo - my best guess is that they only got in one in each colour?!? I just can't imagine there are people falling all over themselves to buy them.
      Agree with you about the clunky shoes. They kind of give a hobbit like look to the feet I think.
      Enjoying the cooler weather, and wasn't today stunning! xx

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  2. The ankle bracelet is so - I'm on parole or police curfew that i would laugh if i saw one. or is it simply sifting out the cankles? The whole big thing is of course reverse body fascism - though fairly everyone looks crap in them. The whole sunglass thing I agree with bc it does protect your skin from the sun but Iris really lost her street cred when she did a car advert here. They stopped running it now but had a very short play x

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    1. Prison chic - waiting for an orange velvet jumpsuit in next season's collection!!
      I love a pair of sunglasses, but I can't imagine how these actually stay on your nose, rather than falling down the bridge. Surely they're heavy as they're so large?
      Iris seems to have done a fair bit of selling out in her twilight years. There were ads here too... definitely not high fashion ones either. xx

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  3. Great idea to wear an ankle bracelet if one wants to look like they are on house arrest with a tracker thingy! So funny Heidi. When I see those big necklaces I can feel the instant migraine headache happening. And the 90's influence on fashion is very bad, that was a grim decade for trends.
    How do those giant sunglasses stay on a person's face? XX

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    1. Agree with you about the necklaces! I can find things not that large headache inducing, and I can't imagine these would be comfortable. Maybe Iris has very strong neck and back muscles?!
      The 90's thing at the moment is awful. I saw a t-shirt with a yellow smiley face on it the other day and started suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from it. xx

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  4. No, no, and oh hell no to those 'Canklets' As if the widening, flattening of caboose aspects of cropped pants weren't enough...

    Girls, trust ol' GSL on this one.

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    1. There's a lot of unflattering fashion going on at the moment. The wide silhouette doesn't really work on anyone except the supermodel. And why would anyone want to accessorise their ankle like this??

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  5. Nope, not going there! The ankle bracelets (shackles?) look particularly ridiculous, but perhaps I'm wrong on that front because I were on house arrest then yes, love them.

    Thank you for the much needed laugh.

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    1. Shakles!! Billiant! But yes, if you were actually on house arrest I guess the velvet versions would be quite comfortable. x

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  6. Hello Heidi,
    Any respect I had for Iris Apfel evaporated last year when I saw that she was doing ads for the Blue Illusion mid-price fashion chain. I cannot imagine for one minute that Iris would have worn a single Blue Illusion offering. Not really her thing Perhaps she knew her American fans wouldn't notice.

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    1. Blue Illusion are trying to make a move into the US market I think, but I can't see how Iris and Blue Illusion are a good match. It would be totally misleading to anyone seeing those ads and thinking they'd get an Iris look there!! xx

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    2. It would be a brave or maybe slightly crazy old lady who'd go completely Iris. It's Iris's look - she owns it. However, I think it will give them a few new ideas to try out in their own more modest and individual way - so much more interesting than the days of the pastel twinsets and mauve pensioner perms. It shows old ladies they don't need to be conformist to past ideas of how an older woman should dress. I banned my mother from ever getting a pensioner perm or colouring her hair blue or mauve. Not that she ever had. She always looked fabulous until her last couple of years. Pammie

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    3. Blue hair always makes me think of Mrs Slocome on "Are you being served?". Or Dame Edna! Agree though it's good people don't feel the need to dress "old" or conform in the same way as they once did.

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  7. Ankle bracelets - like the tracking things criminals wear to keep tabs on them?

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    1. ...sooo retro penal colony

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    2. Yes, but possibly cheaper Cilla, given the tracking bit is not included in the purchase price! x

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  8. Looks as though we're all just about like-minded on the ankle bracelets. They remind me of the shackles which normally had heavy chains attached - to link into the heavy loops on the walls of dungeons of old. (Reminds me of a story told by friends who were married to expat VIP businessmen resident in a developing country. They were being taken on a tour of a v old colonial fort, famous for its dungeons. My friends asked if they could see the dungeons. Their guides looked a little concerned but agreed and said there'd just be a LITTLE delay. As my friends sat in a waiting room, they joked as the time passed that they must be clearing the prisoners out of the dungeons first. Turned out they were right.)
    Iris must be raking it in with all these advertisements! Still admire her spirit of not giving up on life, even though over 90, and making the most of each day. So often older women become invisible and do really give up. But never Iris. I don't blame her for accepting advertising, even for chains she'd never buy from, like Blue Illusion. Clever marketing by this chain as it gives alternative imaging for older women who are probably the main customers. Do admit each year to buying their wool "monkey fur" long neck wraps/drapes each autumn. So warm and fun. So far I have them in black, navy and rust. Also pale ashes of roses. You can mix these more high street style things with more up-market younger stuff like a Mulberry Alexa handbag.
    As you know Heidi, I tend to be a fan of chunky silver jewellery, specially Georg Jensen bangles and rings. But I think all of Iris's necklaces would give me whiplash. I do have a huge Sonia McCartney yellow chain choker though and one of her chunky rings. Both bought for much less than half in the Paris sales. Admit to liking the big sunglasses too. But so expensive and I'm always losing them. Like my husband with hats and umbrellas. Pammie xx

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    1. I have always admired your commitment to accessorising Pammie! I tend to find a stack of bangles annoying . Possibly a hangover from my days chained to a desk drafting on a computer - all the clunking was annoying. Agree with you about Iris's necklaces - they look very heavy.
      I admire her for embracing her fame at an advanced age, and yes, agree it's always good to see role models of all ages and persuasions.
      Wow to that dungeon story!!! xx

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    2. Agree about the big bangles. Could never have worn them to the department. Not good at a desk/computer and they do clunk a bit and would probably have annoyed the colleagues. But I did wear quite noticeable jewellery and accessories to conferences. People could always locate me easily because I was practically the only woman in red, emerald, or fuchsia in a sea of black or navy. The other two women who were members of our delegation for a few conferences (the rest were almost always men) decided to do the same. The guys from other national delegations told us they loved the way the Aussie women wore bright colours. Our guys liked it too. They made more of an effort with their ties! But some of the MEN from some European countries wore suits in amazing colours - burgundy, green, almost canary etc. Bright colours but not quite Portillo-esque! Pammie xx

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    3. Ooops! That should have been STELLA McCartney. Had been thinking of Sonia Rykiel after watching a re-run of a quite interesting interview with Karl Lagerfeld on a business program. He said when asked that his mother never wore his clothes - she preferred Sonia Rykiel. (He also shared that he employs a full-time maid to look after his beloved cat, Choupette, who always travels with him. And he never travels by commercial flights - always by private jet - it's written into all his contracts.) Pammie

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    4. I've always found it interesting how European men are not afraid of colour/ pattern and being a little bit out there. Something Aussie men seem a little reticent about perhaps when compared to us women?

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    5. 'Pack Drill Pammie' is on a roll! 😆👍

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    6. GSL will be humming "mauve pensioner perms" all day.

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    7. Yes, it was a landmark day when G bought a pair of red slacks! He does love Souleiado, les Indiennes de Nimes or les Olivades shirts from Provence though - but mostly the more conservatively coloured navy, mid blues/greens or black - just the occasional red. But they also come in some spectacular colours for the brave. Jean Reno seems to like them because you often see him wearing them, both in films and real life. Picasso too liked them, and many other Frenchmen also. Specially in the South. Pammie

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  9. Um, yeah. Nah. Although I'd quite like to wear an anklet crime bracelet to a Leafy East lunch date. We don't see many on day release around here....

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    1. Ha - very funny Ann! I'm sure you'd be the talk of the luncheon if you turned up in one of them.
      I'm giving the whole look a pass too :) x

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  10. The oversize thing is a curse- who really looks wearing clothes two sizes too big?

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