Iris Apfel

Anna Wintour + Alaska Fishcamp Fashion: It's What's in Vogue!

      I can hardly bear to hear the news these days. We must pray for the afflicted and persecuted---and there are many. And we carry on by loving those around us. And still finding ways to smile. This is one of the main purposes of fashion, I believe, especially certain magazines----absurdity, irrelevance and distraction. May I distract you for a few minutes (and maybe make you smile?)

      If you didn't get your copy of Vogue or GQ this month, no worries. I've got it covered. Here are a few images you might have missed:  

   Shortly after this shoot, realizing something was missing, they finally did it-----Vogue and GQ came to their senses and journeyed out to fish camp to discover real fashion. 

The shoot began under their direction. We started off as they directed us. You know: bored, miserable, no-reason-to-live-except-to-glower-at-the-camera . . .

      But, we couldn't sustain this for long. We're models with a difference. For one thing, we wear clothes. Quite a lot of them. In the Alaskan bush, we believe fashion is defined more by what you're wearing than what you're not wearing. 

Because our clothes are more than ornamental. We actually do stuff. Like-------mend fishing net.

And we do this because this is not a set---we're actually working! 

         And, shoot us (with just a camera please), but occasionally we're happy, even when we're working!

Even sometimes in a storm.

                                    (Take that, GQ!)

And even when wearing dirty, strange, worn-out clothes

                                  (25 year old jeans)

and odd, useful hats.

And don't  forget the (reptilian) hip boots or knee boots. Always the boots!


       Of course, there are some things more important than style, though I know Anna Wintour wouldn't believe this---unless she came to our fish camp.


I think she'd fit right in---as soon as we got over an issue or two: Yes, Anna, you MUST wear a lifejacket!

 It will indeed make you look fat, but fat, floating and alive is so much more fashionable than, well, you know . .. 

          And we may not boast a vast, varied or individualized palette, but we find this hue particularly lovely, and visible on the water in storms:


      Of course, beauty is in the eye of the wearer and beholder. When I asked my two youngest sons and their two buddies from a nearby fish camp to dress like GQ, this is what we got:

Well, who doesn't need a makeover now and then?


          The fashion on your island, fish camp or neighborhood may look a little different than  mine, and I'm glad. As Quentin Crisp said, 

"Fashion is what you adopt when you don't know who you are."

     Here is my final fashion advice, stolen from Iris Apfel:

 "I would advise you to be happy rather than well-dressed. It’s better to be happy.”

Yes, when we wear "happy," we're always in Vogue. 

Thanks for walking the fishcamp runway with me! What is your philosophy of fashion?