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When I had a slight freak-out in Loehmann's, and other stories...

Tuesday, May 31, 2011



I spent most of Memorial Day running around Manhattan with one of my favorite fashiony cohorts, doing things like the McQueen exhibition at the Met (goose-bumpingly great), the YSL-Pierre Berge documentary L'amour Fou (eh) and a long, lingering visit to Barneys (fantabulous, as always). It was pretty much perfect. But then it was even MORE perfect, because -- while killing time scouring for Helmut Lang at Loehmann's -- another shopper caught my eye. Was that? Could it be? Really? Yes, it my personal fashion icon Iris Apfel in her signature round glasses, poking around the racks of discounted Dolce like the rest of us.

I introduced myself, shyly, as a fan. (Which seemed more appropriate than gawping from behind a rack of clothing.) Her response: "Thank you," and then: "I'm sorry I look like crap." (She didn't. She was colorful and adorable. I, on the other hand, was wearing a sweaty tee and shorts. Gah.) We chatted for a few minutes, and then I practically skipped out of there.

Weekend = made.



Also: I am SO breaking out the 80s charm necklace this week in celebration. If it wasn't so hot, I'd break out the oversized muff as well. Love.

11 comments :

Alison said...

Two Spinach posts in a row? Now you've made my week :)

Also, that is incredibly exciting! Good for you for introducing yourself, I would have just gawked from afar.

Also proves the point -- who doesn't love Loehmann's?

DC Celine said...

o. m. g. how incredible!!! i'm skipping with joy for you!

Jennifer said...

Oh, I idolize Ms. Apfel! She and her husband have been friends of my close friend's parents for many years (through the textile industry) but I sadly have never had the opportunity to meet her. It must have been an incredible experience in Loehman's!

Amusing Pursuits said...

Totally amazing! What a great story.

Emily Kate said...

That is so fantastic! I'm not sure I would have been brave enough to say hello.

Britt+Whit said...

how exciting you got to meet her! I am always to scared to go up to people! love it!


love from San Francisco,
Britt+Whit

Katie said...

So fantastic you saw her and spoke! I love her even more for apologizing she looked like crap--I wouldn't care...you can't cover up fabulous!

Nick said...

She has incredible swagger for her age. I like all the bright colors.

Hilton said...

great story

Designs Good said...

oh, that's so awesome--she is a gem!

Lacee Swan said...

what a cute story! i adore her!!