Franca Sozzani at the Venice Film Festival in 2014; Credit Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images
Vanessa Friedman, Fashion Director and Chief Fashion Critic for The New York Times, wrote a beautiful piece remembering Franca Sozzani, editor of Italian Vogue, who passed away this past week at age 66. Friedman says that Sozzani was an editor who knew that fashion wasn’t really about clothes – she elevated Italian Vogue to a new level and made it better, and was not only talented but influential. When Friedman interviewed Sozzani in 2013, she said, “Here’s what I think: Fashion isn’t really about clothes. It’s about life. Everyone can afford fashion on some level, everyone can talk about it. So what else can we say? We can’t always be writing about flowers and lace and aquamarine.” In fact, in the 28 years that Sozzani reigned at Italian Vogue Friedman says she “redefined the job as editor,” never shying away from important issues of the day and regularly breaking boundaries. “At a time when so much of what designers and magazines and stores do has become a numbers game calculated by market research and page views and what sold well last season, her example argues for the opposite. She took risks. They didn’t always end well. But more often than not, she was proved right.” ~ Vanessa Friedman
On a day when I am waking to the sad news of the passing of George Michael, I am touched by the passing of this fashion influencer.
Iris Apfel, courtesy of Wise Wear
“I didn’t give a damn about going to the party or being at the party – it was getting dressed for the party. And there’s truth and poetry in that.” Iris Apfel, Documentary, IRIS
At 94 Iris Apfel is still a fashion influencer: most recently, designing a collection of wearable technology which she describes as pieces “on the conservative side,” but are staples that can be “mixed with a few more la-de-da pieces.” Leave it to Apfel to take something that is generally considered non-sexy and give it life to actually look like real jewelry. In a new collaboration with Wise Wear Apfel has created sleek tech pieces that also serve an important purpose. They can track activity, give mobile notifications and they come with an array of safety functions, like alerting a select number of contacts when an emergency ensues. The bracelets are also waterproof and have a battery charge that can last up to three days. And she doesn’t stop there: Apfel hopes to expand the line with even bolder and brighter additions like statement necklaces, brooches, and men’s belt buckles. Each piece retails for $300 and can be purchased at Wise Wear.
Ever since I saw the documentary IRIS about her life with her husband Carl (and I featured her on TFIO), I have been in love with artist, visionary, and composer, Iris Apfel. She is an original – with a style that has nothing to do with age.
Photo Credit: Rachel and her team at New York Fashion Week via @RachelZoe Instagram
I am inspired by stylist, designer, and trailblazer, Rachel Zoe. Ever since I first noticed her on Bravo’s reality tv show, The Rachel Zoe Project, I have loved the fashion, the styling, the team; but most of all, I have loved watching the woman who is Rachel Zoe. Because she inspires me. The show continued for five years and ended, just as Ms. Zoe’s career exploded to include launching her own apparel and accessories business, The Rachel Zoe Collection, and creating The Zoe Report, a daily online style destination. You can imagine my delight, then, when I discovered Rachel Zoe’s inspirational words in a feature she wrote on LinkedIn: If You Let Passion Guide You, You Can’t Fail …
“Since the beginning of my career, I have always been guided by my gut, meaning I never followed a list of how things should be on a given day— I’m not one to script how my life should go. My goal in the beginning was to ensure my clients felt confident and glamorous.”
“So at any point in your career— whether you are just starting out or deciding to grow an already established business— remember what your dream was to begin with. Define your passion and remember why it has ignited and inspired you to be where you are today. I believe that you can and should live your dreams – and that rule should apply even in your professional life. If you love what you do, the success will come. If you let your passions and strengths guide you, failure won’t be an option.” ~ Rachel Zoe
(You can find the full story, here)