Designated as ‘The World’s Oldest Teenage’ by herself, Iris Apfel is an inspiration in her own unique way. Throughout her years as a famous, American businesswoman she has become a fashion icon with her always colourful and inimitable style often including vibrant shoes, big bracelets and, of course, her characteristic, big, round glasses. At the age 97 she still inspires women all over the world to find out who they are and always believe in their own style – cause as she says: ‘The key to good style is learning who you are”. Above all comes fun Why dress mainstream when you can dress funny? It is no secret, that Iris Apfel always have had and always will have her own sense of humour, but by incorporating this in her fashion choices, she creates awareness that above all comes enjoyment and fun. There is no need to dress traditional, if you are not a traditional person, and with the believe that everyone is special, humour should always come first. Having been included in several design- and arts projects, Iris Apfel have, most certainly, proved her point, as everything she touches is said to bear the traces of her humorous personality. Today, by always using her fun and singular vision of style, she has become an icon within entrepreneurial and innovative fashion. Colour makes bright Ever since she started her career, Iris Apfel has been inspired by colours. Her wardrobe is famous for including every possible colour of the world combining her different concepts of living – fun, brightness, and being genuine. Whether it is a pair of colourful, red shoes, a unique, green bag or a patterned, singular pair of glasses, she is making sure that colour is fashionable. A fabulous ‘more is more’ attitude when it comes to wearing bright colours make her shine wherever she goes. Pretty is not undistinguishable ‘You do not have to be pretty – as long as you have style, you have something much better’. If you ask Iris Apfel, being pretty is not about what other people think, and looking yourself in the mirror and feeling pretty is neither entirely about what clothes, shoes or accessories you wear – it is about feeling good in what you attire and about having your own style. Among other things, this is exactly why we at Lola Ramona find Iris Apfel inspiring. We, too, believe that pretty is not undistinguishable, and by being instantaneously recognisable, Iris Apfel is creating a picture of a world where everyone is allowed to be themselves and still be pretty.
Being one of the most famous and important Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama has a special place in our hearts here at Lola Ramona. In her carrier she has elucidated avant-garde feminism in her own personal, colourful way communicating to women around the world. Yayoi Kusama made dots into art and inspired numerous fellow contemporary artists as well as embedding her style in the fashion industry. Yayoi Kusama is an incredible inspiration to us here at Lola Ramona with her style and beautiful polka-dotted universe. Painting the industry polka-dotted Born and raised in Japan Yayoi Kusama studied traditional Japanese art before she set off to New York to play a protagonist role in the development of New York avant-garde through the 1960s. Being fascinated by the American abstract impressionism, she is a well-known pioneer in bringing pop-art, conceptualism, surrealism and of course her vivid dots onto the stage of modern art. Avant-garde feminism and a vibrant spectrum of colours formed her trademark and the polka-dots became her signature. Her take on traditional aesthetics and realms makes Yayoi Kusama’s creations fashionably irresistible and simply enjoyable to look at. Fun is a corner stone in Yayoi Kusama’s personality and ensures never monotonous or lifeless art creations, which is why we, and so many women, love her style. An endless net of dots The iconic colourful dots are embedded in her art and personality. Her amazing world of paintings, sculptures, installations etc. all wrapped in dots challenges the way we think of art. Her style is defined by surrealism and conceptuality, encouraging the individual to challenge their mind and to find inspiration in her enlivening dots. Defining avant-garde feminism in her own way, Yayoi Kusama interpreted human and female rights through her environmental art and pop-art style fused together with her polka-dot fascination. By making events of painting assistants full of bright and colourful polka-dots she emphasised female and bodily rights during the late 1960s, being a positive inspiration to many women then and today. Turning dots into art into fashion Yayoi Kusama has with her style imprinted the fashion industry and brought dots on the daily agenda of huge fashion houses. She has worked with, among others, Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton besides establishing her own fashion house. Designing evocative and impressionistic collections, she embeds her characteristic colourful polka-dots in her designs. She challenges, redefines and inspires the world of fashion. Yayoi Kusama perceives fashion as art where bright colours, fun and untraditional designs should be the cornerstone of the art. With her beautiful, enjoyable and fun style of art, Yayoi Kusama is our greatest and all-time favourite inspiration here at Lola Ramona.
Lola Ramona LOVES TopVintage! And thankfully this love is mutual ;-) That’s why we decided to collaborate and release this awesome autumn collection. This collaboration has resulted in beautiful TopVintage exclusives: shoes, bags, booties & boots with elements of Mod, Mad Men, Party, PinUp, 50s and 60s classy chic and much more. We enjoy seeing the loved and adored Lola Ramona styles Ava, Angie, June, Mindy and Inez in new surroundings. Still edgy, with loads of attitude, a little less urban but much more vintage and of course with bows, comfortable heels, soft suede, leather and patent as you know it. Want to learn more about TopVintage? Visit them: Topvintage.com 50s Angie Ton sur Ton Suede Booties in Merlot 50s June All Dressed Up Pumps in Black 50s Angie Lift Me Up Suede Platform Pumps in Green Check the full collection here: TopVintage Design