Maverick Of Style | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

Girl-Pink-Green-1aWelcome to my Friday Fashion episode.

Call her “A rare bird of fashion”, call her  “A Maverick of Style”, the woman with huge round frame glasses is still making headlines in her third age of life.

She says a beautiful woman can live off her look as long as her natural beauty vanishes, but an interesting woman who says and does interesting things and she is not necessarily beautiful will always attract people to her because her quirks. This is Iris Apfel, interior, fashion designer of the rich and famous and business woman. In her career, among many activities, she produced Old World wallpaper to decorate most historic homes in the country and even the White House under various administrations.
(Click on each photo to view it larger).

Today some people look at her with a bit of envy and a lot of admiration. She is a fashion icon and an example to follow.
Her strong fashion sense can raise the dead and can also inculcate a strong self-esteem in those women who do not have it. She can dare with bold jewelry, bold clothes and colors making everything fit together perfectly.
The secret of her successful combinations is having no rules and pair accessories that don’t look put together on purpose.

(Photo credits to KQED – I photographed them from my TV while watching a program dedicated to Iris).

Dressing up, she says, should be a great experience for every woman, creating originality while following one’s personality, making a personal style, putting things together differently every time and breaking rules. She encourages to play, have fun with fashion and amuse people with the clothes.

According to Iris, composing, layering and sculpting are the three key elements when putting an outfit together.
Composing the outfit based on one’s body shape. It is the same process a musician uses to compose music with different notes that make harmonious sounds.
Layering colors to awaken dormant energy. Layering lines and patterns to create an interesting rhythm.
Sculpting is done with accessories, large and small, glitz and flat finish, long and short, ethnic, antiques, vintage and modern, finally playing with texture that makes jewelry appear as one piece.

Iris owns one of the few most beautiful jewelry collections in the country and often lends it for exhibition in museums. It conquers visitors with great success every time. It seems to her that “finally people caught up with her style and as much as they don’t want to be bothered with it, as everybody wears the black uniform these days, they do yearn for style”.

She could never be friend with anyone who wasn’t curious, commented in a TV show, I couldn’t either, I add. She is a very interesting character the reason why she is lasting so long, touching and inspiring so many people.
Be different, be curious and experiment with new looks, you will see many doors opening for you. Ciao,

Copyright © 2016 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

Val Admiring World Valentina Cirasola is a trained Fashion and Interior Designer, born in Italy in a family of artists. Style surrounded her since the beginning of her life. Her many years of experience led her to offer consultations in both specializations and now she can remodel homes as well as personal images. To better help people in the world she offers consultations online. She is the author of three books. Get your copy of Valentina’s book on colors: ©RED-A Voyage Into Colors on


Notes From Fashion Masters | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

Girl-Pink-Green-1aIt’s Friday Fashion.
In this era of globalization and uniformity, where everyone must look the same to fit in, I rebel. I want to see more people interpreting originality and I want to see more people inventing their own style. Don’t let anyone flatten you to the point of non-existence. Stand out from the crowd, be the crowd leader and you will have followers. The masters of fashion did and that’s why the world recognizes their exceptional work and creativity even after their passing.

“The woman who wears no perfumes has no future”
~ Coco Chanel ~

Think of what bees do. They are attracted by the scent of flowers and that’s why they pollinate them. The scent of a woman attracts men and opportunities and doors will open.

“Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants”. ~ Karl Lagerfeld ~
Totally agree with Karl. Sweatpants belong in the gym only.

“Think pink, but do not wear it” ~ Karl Lagerfeld ~
I will add “Wear it only when it means something” like this outfit in the photo below.

“The most important piece in the house is the garbage can”
~ Karl Lagerfeld ~
Get rid of clothes that don’t bring out your beauty, or don’t accentuate your personality. Get rid of colors and lines that don’t suit your texture. Reassess your body every five years and make changes accordingly.

Fashion Is
That’s right, fashion market will impose, it’s up to you to find your own personal style.


About Black – If you want to disappear in the background and want be part of the wallpaper keep wearing black all day long and nothing will happen to you. Colors instead will vibrate a positive aura around you and people will respond well to you.

Pretty versus Elegant – No words needed here.


“A Good woman with good shoes is never ugly” ~ Coco Chanel 

Shoes will tell a story about you:
Are your shoes cleaned and polished?  You respect yourself.
Are your shoes plastic or leather? You might like to buy inexpensive items to change often or expensive items to compliment your outfit.
Are your shoes fashionable or outdated? You might care or not at all about your look.
Are you wearing shoes taller than your height? You might have identity problems.
Do you walk like a duck when you are in high heels or fall off the shoes often? You need to take a class on how to walk in high heels.

Iris Apfel

Iris is a fun woman, she never stops having fun with clothes.

I think a woman’s goal is not to introduce as many plastic treatments in the body, age is inexorable and it will come. The goal is to keep staying healthy as late as possible, eat well and good food that will help the skin staying elastic and supple as long as possible. Use colors suitable to the changes of life and have a great attitude.

La seduzione si vende in vari colori e sempre a maniche lunghe perché lo charme non abbia età”
~ Lina Sotis, Italian Journalist ~
Translation from Italian: Seduction is sold in various colors and always in long sleeves so that charm will not have an age.
I will never stress enough how important colors are for our living spaces and for the clothes we wear. Colors account for up to 90% of the impression we make on others. Colors vibrate energy, they can uplift our mood or make us feel down. As far as the long sleeves….well, when certain parts of our body are not perfect anymore, it is better to cover them up in style.

Life Fashion Show

Classy and Fabulous – Become friends with mirrors. Keep them everywhere. Look at yourself in the mirror often. Before leaving the house take one more look at you, are you missing something, or maybe do you need to take something off? That last touch will make a difference.

“I think everyone should go to bed like they have a date at the door” ~ Karl Lagerfeld ~

I can’t argue with either one of the last quotes.

“Life is too short to wear boring clothes” .  Happy dressing up and not only for Thanksgiving. Ciao,



Copyright © 2015 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

Red Fascinator copyValentina Cirasola
is a trained Fashion and Interior Designer, born in Italy in a family of artists. Style surrounded her since the beginning of her life. Her many years of experience led her to offer consultations in both specializations and now she can remodel homes as well as personal images. To better help people in the world she offers consultations online. She is the author of three books. Get your copy of Valentina’s book on colors: ©RED-A Voyage Into Colors on


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