"I don't have any rules, because I'd only be breaking them." --Iris Apfel
There needs to be another word besides legend or icon to assign to Iris Apfel. Of course she is both of those things, but much more. She's packed at least four lifetimes worth of exuberance, style and panache into her 95 years, and still shows no signs of slowing down. (You could spend a week pouring over her mid-20th century textile designs, alone.) Her attitudes about everything from relationships to aging are as fresh and exciting as her unparalleled knack for accessorizing. And don't get me started on her Park Avenue apartment... I don't have to say anything. Just look at it.
|One of my prized possessions -- an original Iris Apfel owl bag!|
Iris personifies everything I love about fashion and jewelry. (And glasses!) She wears what she loves, focusing on colors and textures that suit her and make her happy. She plays with trends, but has her own style that needs no outside rulebook. She treats every day as a chance to dress up, instead of waiting for a special occasion.
|Find these Rara Avis by Iris Apfel pants here!|
|Find this Rara Avis by Iris Apfel vest here!|
Now, this self-dubbed geriatric starlet, whose irrepressible authenticity, wit, candor, and infectious energy have earned her nearly a million followers on social media, has created an entertaining, thought-provoking, visually arresting, and inspiring volume—her first book—that captures her unique joie de vivre.
I've already preordered mine.
Be sure to watch the short interview with Iris at the top of this post. For even more Iris Apfel goodness, check out the 2015 documentary Iris:
Watch the trailer below:
|Watch the film here or at Netflix.|
While Iris Apfel's personal costume jewelry collection is unrivaled, the fabric designs of her and her late husband Carl are truly inspiring. Jennifer Boles covered their company Old World Weavers in a great piece on her fabulous blog The Peak of Chic. Read it here.
|I always think of Iris when I wear these kooky, oversized glasses. Find them here.|