For decades, Iris Apfel has embraced her individuality, because she has a deep understanding of who she is and what makes her happy. She definitely embodies eccentric cool. In an age of insta-fame, Iris Apfel has proven to be playing the long game. Her life, her accomplishments, her meaning on society and cultural is still being created in her 90's. It is a life of legacy.
Iris isn’t always wearing designer labels. She often times mixes pieces together. She also incorporates fashion from other cultures creating a highly globalized style. Through her business with her husband, Carl, the couple began traveling all over the world where she began buying pieces of non-Western, artisanal clothes. She wore these clothes to clients' high-society parties. On September 13, 2005, The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York premiered an exhibition about Iris Apfel's style entitled Rara Avis (Rare Bird): The Irreverent Iris Apfel.
Iris and I are birds of a feather. My style isn’t off the runways of New York or Paris, and I rarely pay attention to labels. I buy what I love. I buy what makes me feel good to wear. It can be a custom leather jacket or a piece I find at a vintage shop. My travels around the world afford me the opportunity to find unique pieces, that I have curated over the years.
This idea bleeds over into my designs. I am often inspired by visiting other countries. It is interesting to see how they style themselves and adorn their interiors. Bringing this inspiration home, allows me to integrate a global style to my client’s homes indicative of their favorite locales. Sometimes, the $200 side table is perfectly paired with the custom, designer sofa. A mixture of carefully curated pieces is always in style.