We’ve done a whole lot of reading about Iris, but we still managed to learn quite a few things about our favorite 90-year-old style icon. Allow us to educate you:
1. Denim-lover Iris has a thing for jeans from a certain mass retailer. On the outfit she’s wearing during her interview: “The jeans are from – what’s that cheap store? Old Navy – but the sweater is cashmere.”
2. Lindsay Lohan asked Iris to be her style guru. Iris did not oblige: “I can’t tell people how to have style. No amount of money can buy you style. It’s just instinctive. You can’t try to be somebody you’re not; that’s not style. If someone says, ‘Buy this, you’ll be stylish,’ you won’t be stylish because you won’t be you. You have to learn who you are first and that’s painful.”
3. She thinks people aren’t looking so hot these days: “Now when I walk down Fifth Avenue in the summertime I just want to throw up. It seems that the fatter and uglier people are, the fewer clothes they wear. The shorts and flip-flops and tight jeans on butts that go from here to Poughkeepsie. I always say they should put people in jail for wearing clothes like that. Especially stretch jeans over size 10 — they should be outlawed. Ten years ago people were starting to look like slobs in New York, now it’s an epidemic.”
4. She also thinks celebrities look terrible: “Most of the young people today look dreadful. And celebrities look even worse. They don’t know what to do with themselves. At the Golden Globes and Oscars they all look alike – it seems like they’re all wearing the same nightgown and this year nobody had any jewellery at all. Only Helen Mirren was wearing a beautiful necklace, but even she got it wrong because the necklace just ruined the dress. I think the designer must have wanted to kill himself when he saw her.”
5. Iris struck up a friendship with Duke Ellington when she was writing a paper on jazz. She went backstage at one of his concerts, and chatted up his trumpet player: “I explained my mission and he said he was sure the Duke would see me. The Duke couldn’t have been nicer and said he’d introduce me to all the greats in Chicago. My mother was very dubious, so I told her, ‘He’s the most elegant gentleman.’ She said, ‘I don’t give a damn how elegant he is, you’re not going to Chicago.’ But I did.”
What can we say? The lady is a nonagenarian firecracker.