Want something done? Give it to a busy woman. Give it to Iman. She’s the CEO of her own cosmetics company, a sought-after supermodel, a wife to a superstar and a mother. Whatever spare minutes she might have had six months ago have since been dedicated to developing her own collection of accessories for the Home Shopping Network.
“For me, it was not a challenge. It was part and parcel of the juggling act I call my life, just like so many women out there,” says Iman.
Her line, which debuts this month, aims to evoke her famously eclectic global style.
Thanks to her extensive travels, she has collected everything from African bracelets to jade Chinese earrings. Many pieces in her new collection are inspired by items she has acquired over the years.
Accessories are the keys to stylish dressing, she says.
“It’s all about how to pull it all together to make it look effortless — which, of course, takes a lot of running around,” she says.
Iman attended Fashion Week in Toronto in October for the first time. The iconic supermodel and host of Slice’s Project Runway Canada had flashbulbs popping as she made her way among the crowd at a swank cocktail event dressed in a sleek, form-fitting grey silk dress sporting a dramatic sideswept hairdo and gunmetal eyeshadow.
Even on the most hectic day, Iman, 52, tries to be stylish and feminine. “I want to play with the big boys, but I want to look like a girl.”
Given a hypothetical schedule, here are the looks she says she’d put together — several of which centre on pieces she owns:
A BUSINESS LUNCH
Iman favours the same grey-with-gold look she does for an interview, and would add some colour with her shoes and bag, most likely purple or plum.
A PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCE
Mother to a seven-year-old daughter, Iman builds this outfit around the large tote bag she’ll need to carry for all the schoolwork and other papers she’s sure to collect. Otherwise, she goes with a simple and easy look: Levi’s jeans, a camel-coloured sweater, and orange faux-ostrich ballet flats from Nine West.
Iman reaches for camel-coloured pants — they’re not too light to show a smudge of dirt but not too dark to seem dressy, she says — along with a pashmina wrap when she travels. Amber bangle bracelets don’t set off alarms like metallic jewelry does.
A DATE WITH HUSBAND
She’d start with the diamond ring from Fred Leighton her husband, David Bowie, gave to her in June for their 15th wedding anniversary.
This ring is one of the pieces from her personal jewelry collection she’s redone — at a more affordable price ($59.95) — for HSN. The ring pairs well with a red cocktail dress because it’s flirty. “It never hurts to flirt with your husband,” she says.
The outfit would be comfortable but not messy, Iman says. She likes jeans with crisp and clean white shirts, but she also would wear a splash of colour. “I’ve never understood the all-black thing,” she says.
The final item is her eco-friendly, reusable Acme shopping tote. “It’s so chic.”