It seems every week a prominent name in the fashion industry succumbs to diarrhea of the mouth while speaking to the media. Iris Apfel, the 90 year-old fashion designer who is considered by many to be a fashion icon, is the latest figure to offend the buying public in an interview.
Apfel told The Telegraph: “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 [a UK size 14] – they should be outlawed. Ten years ago people were starting to look like slobs in New York, now it’s an epidemic.”
While many would agree that clothes that are too tight are unsightly on anyone, Iris Apfel should know better than to put a size limit on a piece of clothing. There are plenty of size 10 women in perfect shape who look phenomenal in stretch jeans; in fact, several plus-size denim brands make a point to include lycra in their jeans because it compliments women with curves so well. Furthermore, Apfel’s choice of words, “fat,” “ugly,” and “slob,” aren’t sitting well with readers, no matter their size.