At 94 years old, Iris Apfel has become a pop-culture fashion icon wearing jaw-dropping looks that are exceptionally stylish and directional. By adeptly mixing contrasting proportions, exotic fabrics, vivid colors, ethnic and designer styles, lavishly accessorizing, she asserts style over fashion; Dior haute couture with eclectic flea market touches; 19th-century ecclesiastical vestments with slim-cut Dolce & Gabbana lizard trousers; Mexican turquoise and feather boas.
Says Apfel: “I think dressing up or down should be a creative experience. Exciting. Fun. Whenever possible, it’s really great to start with a marvelously cut designer piece and build on it.”
Iris leads an enviably vibrant life, currently selling her own jewelry and accessories line, Rara Avis (Rare Bird,) on HSN, starring in Albert Maysles 2015 documentary and last film, “Iris.” She also modeled in Kate Spade’s Spring/Summer 2015 ad campaign and collaborated with MAC Cosmetics in 2012 on a 20-piece collection with shades like vivid red, fuchsia, and hot coral.
Apfel is the subject of Eric Boman’s coffee table book: “Rare Bird of Fashion: The Irreverent Iris Apfel” (to order click here.) And in 2005, New York’s Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute paid tribute with a major exhibit of her stylized clothing and accessories. She worked on White House restorations for nine different presidents.
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