I’m lucky because my grandson Daniel Mirzapour motivates me to be positive and to remain as fashionable as I have always been. I guess dressing up helps us to go through some of the most difficult moments of our lives. It helps you pretend that all is fine and this makes you feel like nothing is ever going to go wrong.
You moved to Paris three years ago to be with your family, how has living in Paris and living in Iran shaped your style?
Well one is very poetic and colorful, the other is very delicate and couture. I guess to have the chance to experience life between two very rich cultures unconsciously shapes your style.
Who are your fashion influences?
I don’t have one.
Any favorite fashion movements?
My favorite fashion movement in the Middle East is The Tehran Times blog. They manage to showcase the street style of youth in Iran and change the perception of many in the West.
How would you describe your style?
My style is all about me, very personal. I don’t choose a style or a direction, I go with whatever I feel could make my day. I think choosing a specific style limits you and that is not fun at all.
Does fashion see age?
Age is just a number when it comes to fashion
How do you dress yourself in the morning?
My morning is my comfort zone! I dress as comfortable as it gets, [although] my grandchildren think that I’m sometimes dressed a little too much and it doesn’t look too comfortable to them. But what can I do? I like to have my nails, hair and makeup done so in case someone came over, I [will] look appropriate.
What significant changes in fashion have you seen in your lifetime that you have been affected by?
Lack of quality and mass production can sometimes annoy me. It was more real before. Nowadays you feel like there is a lie beneath everything.
Do you think 2018 is an exciting time for fashion or that trends tend to be recycled?
I do not follow trends, it happens sometimes when I look trendy, but it happens naturally. Therefore, to me every year, every season is exciting!
Khanoom cites cultures ranging from Armenian to Russian as influences for her unique taste in fashion. Equally important, however, is the former socialite’s Iranian roots. An ultimately “self-expressive” definition for fashion, Khanoom defies any conventions, instead opting for a cross-cultural, playful style that is all her own.