The Fashion Wisdom Of Iris Apfel

Style tips you should take from the world’s hippest nonagenarian

On preparing for a night out
08 Sep 2015

On preparing for a night out

“I’ll spend more time getting dressed than I spent at the actual event.”

On why diamonds aren’t always a girl’s best friend
08 Sep 2015

On why diamonds aren’t always a girl’s best friend

“I never had a fondness for gems or the extravagance of Harry Winston or Van Cleef & Arpels. I’ve always liked the more flamboyant, imaginative things. I lusted after costume jewellery. My husband was a very lucky man.”

On layering
08 Sep 2015

On layering

“Coco Chanel said take one thing off. I always said put another one on.”

On her style philosophy
08 Sep 2015

On her style philosophy

“My look is either very baroque or very Zen — everything in between makes me itch.”

On her hobby
08 Sep 2015

On her hobby

“I’ve been collecting accessories since I was 11 years old, creeping around flea markets and sales and everything.”

On staying young
08 Sep 2015

On staying young

“I see myself as the world’s oldest living teenager, because I have such a good time, and because I try to get as much of a kick out of things as possible.”

On improvisation
08 Sep 2015

On improvisation

“I like to do things as if I’m playing jazz... I don’t expect to find inspiration. It just sort of comes. Sometimes you step on a bug and you get inspired.”

On the cycles of fashion
08 Sep 2015

On the cycles of fashion

“If you hang around long enough, everything comes back.”

Iris Apfel is one of fashion’s most colourful and authentic icons, and her inimitable knack for accessorising is well-documented in photographs - most recently in the Albert Maysles biopic, Iris.

As seen in the documentary, Apfel is an expert in interior decorating too, and started a design and textile company back in the ’50s together with her husband, Carl Apfel (who passed away in August 2015). The couple had a clientele of A-listers including Greta Garbo and Jackie Kennedy.

The exuberant 94-year-old is also known for her sparkling bon mots - and to celebrate Iris (and Apfel herself, because why not?), we’ve compiled our favourites here. Like you needed another reason to crush on her.

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