Iris Apfel was “discovered” as an international style icon when she was in her 80s. The Metropolitan Museum showcased her staggering and explosive collection at their Costume Institute. Everything was from her closet: The shoes! The coats! Those enormous necklaces! I swear I couldn’t breathe.
Currently, the Parisian department store Le Bon Marche Rive Gauche has created an “Iris in Paris” exhibition with a pop-up shop. You can buy Iris coffee mugs. Or a postcard. Did I mention she’s 94?
Rather than rely on a perfect nose or flawless skin, Apfel turned herself into a walking creation of strength, vision, and humor. Her eccentric taste is endearing and enduring. She is indifferent to what someone might consider her “flaws.” Apfel is completely connected to herself.
How radical and powerful: Connecting to yourself. I’m loving it, Iris.