Friday, June 14, 2013

Style Crush: Iris Apfel

"The fun of getting dressed is it's a creative experience" - Iris Apfel

The fabulous Iris Apfel, née Barrel, is probably the most stylish nonagenarian on the planet. She became a fashion icon in her eighties, when the Metropolitan Museum in New York hosted an exhibition dedicated to Apfel called Rara Avis: The Irreverent Iris Apfel. 

Iris is known for her eclectic, outlandish taste and love of accessories. "My mother worshipped at the altar of accessories and I got the bug," she has said. But before she became a 'geriatric starlet', as she has joked about herself, she was a successful business woman running Old World Weavers with her husband. In this capacity, Afpel worked for many museums and even the White House, restoring and providing top quality reproductions of fabrics from the eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Apfel is gutsy and unapologetic when it comes to her personal style, something I admire and delight in. Her oversized glasses, her layered necklaces and bracelet, and her architectural clothes have become a uniform of sorts, although she never seems to be overwhelmed by her clothes. She is still the one wearing the clothes, not the other way around.

Her apartment in Manhattan is also a sight to behold. Filled to the brim with personal treasures collected over a lifetime, it is as colourful, extravagant and idiosyncratic as its owner. I love how she mixes her prints - the ikat and the brocades - without any apparent thought behind it. I'd like to think I could mature into a person as confident in herself as she is. Iris Apfel is definitely my style heroine.

Source: Architectural Digest

Source: Architectural Digest
Source:  Architectural Digest

Source: Architectural Digest