Style icon Iris Apfel is 96 years old and still going strong. What has moved this lady to make most out of life at such an age? Read the story of the queen of fashion and design -who proves age is just a number- below.
Cover photo: Iris Apfel in IRIS, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.
Iris Apfel: an exemplary a style icon
“More is more and less is a bore” are words to live by, according to Apfel. Despite her high age, she is still ‘vertical’ and vividly as always.
Style icon Iris Apfel grew up in Queens, New York. As an only child, she often had to entertain herself. She did so while playing with old fabrics at her grandparents’ home. At young age, she became obsessed with the colors, texture and the feel of these little pieces of fabrics. This was the start of her entire career. From interior design, to fabric design, to fashion design: it all started when she had to keep calm and entertain herself as being an only child.
During the sixties, Apfel was mainly known as an interior designer with great style. She worked together with nine presidents and first ladies to decorate the White House according to their style, but of course with a “touch of Apfel”. Despite her success, she couldn’t find exactly what she was looking for: her distinct taste and style forced her to start her own fabrics company. So to speak, she opened Old World Weavers together with her husband. Apfel designed her own fabrics and redecorated old furniture pieces with it. All in her signature style. It became a huge success and not much later Apfel flied around the world with her husband, for several styling jobs.
During her travels, style icon Apfel did not only collect many beautiful interior objects, but also brought fashion treasures with her. Her prominent and stylish wardrobe stacked with both colorful designer and much cheaper, vintage pieces was subject of a big exhibition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, back in 2005. Since then, her big breakthrough in fashion was a fact. Apfel knows the art of mixing: she is eager to combine a vintage Dior coat with plastic jewelry and cheap shoes. Everything she does is centralized around her famous “more is more and less is a bore”-quote. It is visible in her interior, wardrobe and way of life. Despite her age, she has tons of energy and manages to look like a child in a candy store when she visits vintage markets.
Wherever she goes, she wears her big, round shaped owl glasses, together with a hodgepodge of color and different kinds of fabrics. This doesn’t only hold for her outfits, but also for her New York based apartment. Her place is stacked with all types of curiosa she collected around the world. Her interior mirrors Iris Apfel’s style and her fashion collection. It is too big to call it just a wardrobe. Never have a dull moment with this stylish lady.
We sincerely hope she will stay with us for many more years, cause she has changed the fashion industry and is a true lady of style. More is more and less is a bore – we couldn’t have had better words for it.
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