Iris Apfel is a true fashion icon — an irreverent original with a penchant for bold clothes and even bolder accessories. We love everything about the 89-year-old’s style, right down to her larger-than-life signature specs.
Iris worked at Women’s Wear Daily and in interior design before starting a textile company with her husband Carl. The company, Old World Weavers, was responsible for restoring White House decor for nine presidents. Iris became a society figure, known as much for her style as for her work with Carl. In 2005, the Costume Institute put together an exhibition of her collection entitled “Rara Avis: Selections from the Iris Barrel Apfel Collection” that went on view at the Met. The show was a smash (even Karl went to see it), and highlighted how she mixed high and low to achieve an utterly unique look.
We found a video from the exhibit, which was on display at Boston’s Peabody Essex Museum this past winter. In it she gives us these words to live by: “The point of getting dressed is it’s a creative experience… Freedom of expression, of expressing yourself, is the most important thing.” Amen, Iris. Watch below, and check out our slideshow of some of her greatest looks.
this is some kind of spaceship or something.