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The Stuff of Dreams!!


Dreams indeed! The 2015 Neiman Marcus Christmas Book is out, and as usual, beyond belief! One of this year's MOST fabulous gifts is a trunk filled with accessories handcrafted from around the world! India, Uganda, and South Africa to name a few. Better still, the gift includes lunch, and a styling session with the one and only Iris Apfel! I've paid homage to her inimitable style many times, and can only hope to be as chic in my later years.

The price? a mere $80,000, and is limited to five customers. Scroll down for more details.

"More is more, less is a bore!" is the style mantra of 94-year-old fashion icon Iris Apfel. Her souk-meets-haute-couture style earned her a 2005 Metropolitan Museum of Art retrospective. This ikat-embellished trunk comes filled with vintage finds and accessories handcrafted by women globally and inspired by her own personal collection. Gift includes lunch and a styling session with Iris.

 With the purchase of the Iris Apfel for Bajalia Trunk of Accessories, Neiman Marcus will donate $5,000 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation.

 Additional details:

 Trunk between 4 and 5' tall

Exterior of trunk upholstered with hand-loomed fabric from Uzbekistan

Coordinating lacquered interior

Interior compartments built to specifically house the Iris Apfel jewelry and accessories, which were inspired by Iris's personal collection and handcrafted in collaboration with Bajalia.

 Jewelry and accessories handmade in countries Iris is passionate about: Nepal, Turkey, India, Afghanistan, Tibet, Haiti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Ecuador, South Africa, and Rwanda
Gift includes a personal styling session and lunch with Iris at the Neiman Marcus flagship store in Dallas,

Photo: 2luxury2.com; Item details: neimanmarcus.com


Love That Iris!


I've been a fan of Iris Apfel since the first time that I laid eyes on her! Not only is she a fashion Icon, she's the embodiment of a life well lived. Her inimitable style is awe inspiring! Her "more is more" approach to dressing has earned her a permanent place in the hearts of many. At 93 years young, she's still going strong! A film about her life  is coming out soon, which I look forward to seeing.

Following is a synopsis of her recent interview with style.com.

Iris Apfel thinks everyone wears a "uniform" these days.

 The 93-year-old is considered a huge style star and will soon be seen in a film about her life, simply called Iris, by late director Albert Maysles who died in March this year aged 88.

In a world where people are always following trends, Iris thinks it's important to have fashion rebels, who shake things up with their look. "What I can tell you is that it's much more obvious now, the way people wear uniforms," she explained to Style.com. "Maybe there are just more people walking around and so you notice, everything is very homogenised. I go out in New York and I think, boy, you can look at someone and pretty much determine their ZIP code. Everyone seems to want to conform."

Iris concedes it takes "effort" to stand out from the crowd and that she can understand if some people are too "lazy". However, she does think they are missing out on a lot of fun.

The fashion star herself doesn't spend much time on getting ready and often opts for jeans, insisting she only dresses up for special occasions. But she does always make sure everything she owns is original.

"I'd rather go to a flea market than just about anything. It's the process I like - the same with getting dressed," she explained.

"If I've got someplace to be, I'll spend more time getting dressed than I spent at the actual event. Sometimes. Even in my own closet, I love to dig and search and find. And if I'm shopping… You know, if it's a piece of fabric, I listen to the threads. It's not intellectual at all. The price is nothing. It's the emotional content: I have to feel it in my gut. I don't know how to explain it other than that."

I think that the following quote (I'm sure you've heard it at some point) aptly sums it up:

"Be a first rate version of yourself, not a second rate version of someone else-Judy Garland

Photos: style.com; yahoo.com


Iris Strikes Again!


Once again, my favorite style icon has hit the "design trail!" You gotta love her!

91-year-old fashion maverick Iris Apfel has collaborated with HSN on a shoe collection. The Rara Avis collection, which means "rare bird" in Latin, consists of five styles, all of which are reasonably priced. Go Iris! They'll be available form HSN's website in February.

Daily Telegraph U.K.


Iris Apfel to Launch Handbag Line


The 90-year-old fashion icon teams up with HSN again.

Famed fashion icon Iris Apfel will be partnering up with HSN again, launching her own handbag collection. The 90-year-old fashion fixture has teamed up in the past with the American home shopping network. From her HSN accessories line and collaborations with Alexis Bittar and Yoox.com to a MAC makeup line, Apfel has been involved in many stylish ventures.

Extinctions, will be available in October and will include 12 pieces in five colours. The line will reference her own collection of handbags in luxe exotic materials. “I’m a colour person. I’ve never been known to play it safe,” she told WWD. “Plus I like big bags. My eyeglasses are so big they don’t fit into smaller bags.”


She's at it again....God I love this woman!


Iris Apfel's Makeup Collection for MAC


mages from the upcoming Iris Apfel for MAC collection are here, and if you thought they'd be anything less than amazing, well, shame on you. Via a press release, MAC describes it as "a colour collection inspired by a rare bird who has always been ahead of her time." The line features lipsticks, lip pencils, eye shadows, mascara, beauty powder, nail lacquers, and of course, an "impeccable brow pencil," and will arrive on January 5th.


She's back again, I love it! Oh, and I love the products too!


New York doll: interview with the socialite Iris Apfel


The socialite Iris Apfel has always dressed on the eccentric side of showy. Now that she's 90, isn't she tempted to tone it down just a little?

She may be 90 but Iris Apfel is busier than most people a quarter of her age. 'I'm a geriatric starlet,' says the woman whose exuberant outfits and flying-saucer glasses have turned her into a style icon, with major art galleries frequently given over to shows of her clothes.

It takes six months of negotiations just to organise a meeting with her. 'I keep saying I'll get less busy, but I'm crazy,' she says in one of our countless phone conversations.

'I just do too many things. Let me look at my diary - I have a Japanese magazine coming this week, then Martha Stewart wants me on her show next week.

Then I have trips to Texas and Boston - I can't p next month.'

When we finally seem to have a firm date and I arrive in New York she
makes me ring her at two-hour intervals throughout the day, pushing the
time later and later. Finally, at 6pm, she says that she cannot meet me
'because the weather is so disgusting'.

This argument is somewhat illogical as she has no plans to leave her
apartment anyway, and fortunately she relents when I tell her I am not
going to be back in New York for a while.

When Apfel opens the door to her apartment in a beautiful Park Avenue
building she is wearing an unremarkable outfit of jeans and a grey
sweater: 'The jeans are from - what's that cheap store? Old Navy - but
the sweater is cashmere.'

The clothes serve as little more than a palette for her extraordinary
jewellery - this week yoox.com launches its Iris Apfel collection of
jewellery; some inspired and designed by Apfel, some from her personal

Today she is wearing a big-beaded Afghan crimson and silver necklace and
huge hand-painted wooden lacquered square bracelets that look so heavy I
wonder how she can lift her arms. 'Understated jewellery is not for me.
It's too itsy-bitsy.

My husband is lucky as I've never had a yen for
real jewels.'

She leads the way through the apartment, which is like a museum stuffed
with beautiful old Venetian chairs and paintings, including a possible
Velázquez ('I don't want to find out if it's really a Velázquez because
then I'll just be nervous about it').

But mixed with the English needlepoint and the imposing chandelier from
Naples are elements of kitsch such as a turquoise stuffed parrot and a
bowl of fake fruit. 'I mix everything up.

A museum curator once said to
me that there is a great jazz component to the way I do things because
good jazz is improvisation and draws elements from all different
cultures. And that's the way I do everything - the way I dress and

Although she is hailed as one of the hippest women, with a sense of
style to which many younger celebrities aspire, in many ways Apfel harks
back to a lost era. 'I live in the Dark Ages, the 17th century.
Actually, I would have loved to be in Paris in the early 20th century
when the Ballets Russes were there and Chanel was designing.'

Yet when people ask her for style tips she is flummoxed. Lindsay Lohan
once asked Apfel to be her fashion guru - Apfel declined. 'I can't tell
people how to have style. No amount of money can buy you style. It's
just instinctive.

'You can't try to be somebody you're not; that's not style. If someone
says, "Buy this, you'll be stylish," you won't be stylish because you
won't be you. You have to learn who you are first and that's painful.'

When I ask her if she has learnt who she is, she answers enigmatically.
'I don't try to intellectualise about it because it tightens you up. I
think you have to be loose as a goose.'

Apfel misses the New York of the 1950s. 'It was fabulous then, everyone
looked beautiful,' she says in her low drawling voice that sounds like
it comes out of a 1950s Hollywood film.

'Now when I walk down Fifth Avenue in the summertime I just want to
throw up. It seems that the fatter and uglier people are, the fewer
clothes they wear. The shorts and flip-flops and tight jeans on butts
that go from here to Poughkeepsie.'

She shudders. 'I always say they should put people in jail for wearing
clothes like that. Especially stretch jeans over size 10 [a UK size 14] -
they should be outlawed. Ten years ago people were starting to look
like slobs in New York, now it's an epidemic.'

If this is what she thinks of people in New York, I wonder what opinion
she has of street fashion in London. 'I haven't been in London for some
years but the last time I was there they looked fuddy-duddy and
school-marmish, yes, but not slobby. And then there are the wonderful
eccentrics like the kids on Carnaby Street or the punks or whatever the
heck they are.'  Nevertheless, her heart is in New York City. 'I love London and Paris;
they're very sophisticated, but not like New York. If you can't find it
in New York, it doesn't exist.'

Born Iris Barrel, she grew up in Queens. She was an only child, her
father a decorator and her mother the owner of a fashion boutique. 'My
mother was quite a clothes-horse and she loved to dress me up so I
became rather enamoured of clothes.'

She describes an occasion when her mother arranged for her to have a
formal portrait taken. 'I had all these romantic ideas but the truth is I
looked like a piece of clay that had to be sculpted.'

Her father was a maverick. 'He didn't care what anyone thought and he
didn't care about clothes. My mother would have to drag him into a shop.
He'd put one leg in a suit and say, "I'll take it."

'She'd get crazy and say, "You don't even know if it fits." He'd say,
"Oh, it will be all right, let's go." I sometimes do the same. If I see
something that I like and the price is good and the fabric is beautiful I
say, "Oh, well, if it doesn't fit I can make pillows out of it."'

As a teenager, says Apfel, she was fat. 'I was very unhappy so I ate and
ate and ate and no clothes would fit me. My mother used to tear her
hair out when she took me shopping. I used to die because my mother had a
gorgeous figure and the salesgirl would always say to me, "Why don't
you be slim like your mother?"'

She started smoking, which helped her lose weight. 'I used to smoke like
a fiend. I smoked four packs a day. I never do anything half-arsed,
shall we say, but I stopped because I felt I was getting to be an
addict. I've got very good willpower.'

She became friends with Duke Ellington, whom she first met when she was
writing a paper on jazz. Hearing he was in town, she went to see him. 'I
got all dressed up; I think I had more nerve than brains. I went
backstage and knocked on the door and Ray Nance [Ellington's trumpeter]
came out and said, "Lordy, lordy, who's your tailor?"

'I explained my mission and he said he was sure the Duke would see me.
The Duke couldn't have been nicer and said he'd introduce me to all the
greats in Chicago. My mother was very dubious, so I told her, "He's the
most elegant gentleman." She said, "I don't give a damn how elegant he
is, you're not going to Chicago." But I did.'

Her first job was as a copywriter for Women's Wear Daily. 'I was a copy
girl and I made the magnificent sum of $15 a week. Eventually I worked
out that I would never get anywhere there. All the women who worked
there were middle-aged and I said to myself, "They're too old to have
babies and go on maternity leave and too young to die, so you'd better
get your butt out of here."'

So she quit and started work for the illustrator Bob Goodman. 'He paid
me $35 a week, which was more than all the different boys I went out

Iris played the field until she met Carl Apfel at a resort on Lake
George in upstate New York. 'He told my friend that he thought I was
very attractive if only I would go and have my nose fixed. So I said,
"You can tell him to go fly a kite."

'Anyway, some weeks later I came home from work and the phone was
ringing off the hook. He said, "That was a stunning outfit you were
wearing today and I particularly loved your hat" - he had been on a bus
on Fifth Avenue and had seen me on the sidewalk.

'Anyway, I was very busy and the first date I could give him was about
six weeks later on Columbus Day.' After that, things moved quickly.
'Thanksgiving he proposed, Christmas I got my ring, Washington's
birthday we married and our honeymoon was over on St Patrick's Day.'

I ask what it was about him that made him different from her other
boyfriends. 'He was very easy and very funny and we just hit it off.
First of all he ordered my dinner. I have so many decisions to make all
day long that I really don't want to decide what I have to eat, too. So
it was perfect.'  Together they launched a textile firm, Old World Weavers, which designed
fabrics for the White House and clients such as Estée Lauder, and Iris
became a fixture on the New York social scene, often photographed in the
style section of the New York Times.

Her outrageous outfits and huge glasses made her instantly recognisable.
'When I needed to wear glasses, I decided I'd wear glasses. All the
better to see you with.'

She and Carl ran their company until they retired in 1992.

Then in 2005
Harold Koda, the curator of the Costume Institute in New York, asked if
she would agree to an exhibition of her jewellery and accessories.

'It didn't start out as a fashion show,' says Apfel, 'but he decided
that to show accessories out of context didn't make much sense so he
asked if I could spare maybe five outfits… I said yes, so they went
through all my closets, all the drawers, all the boxes, all the
armoires, under the bed, everywhere and they go woowoowoooo [she flaps
her arms up and down]. Finally they ended up with 82 outfits. It was
insanity but the show was such a big smash.'

The exhibition transformed her from a quirky eccentric into a fashion
paragon. Since then versions of the show have appeared at museums around
America and Apfel's life has changed utterly:

'I've always been well known ossibly arrange anything at the moment, call me backin my field but since the first show it's gotten insane. I'm very grateful at my stage of the game to have all this happen. It makes me laugh and laugh; it's ridiculous, because underneath I'm the same person I've always been.'

Certainly she remains as outspoken as ever: 'Most of the young people today look dreadful. And celebrities look even worse. They don't know what to do with themselves.

'At the Golden Globes and Oscars they all look alike - it seems like they're all wearing the same nightgown and this year nobody had any jewellery at all. Only Helen Mirren was wearing a beautiful necklace, but even she got it wrong because the necklace just ruined the dress. I think the designer must have wanted to kill himself when he saw her.'

I ask if she is ever tempted to say something to someone who she thinks looks dreadful. 'Oh, now that would be horrible. It's a free country - if you want to look like a freak, that's your problem.'


I thoroughly enjoyed this interview, though a few did not. I'm quite sure that it has much to do with her comments on America's "state of dress." In the comments that followed, the words obnoxious and parasite (?) were bandied about. I say: hey, the woman in 90 years old and grew up during a time in our history when "classic chic" was the order of the day, so her view on today's styles is not at all surprising. I agree with some of her comments, especially that regarding leggings. I'd just say that one should consider their body type, when choosing an appropriate top. I personally favor a longer top, such as a tunic, to create a long and lean silhouette. In any case, Iris will forever remain atop my style icon list.


Iris Apfel and Alexis Bittar to Launch Jewelry Collection


For years, Iris Apfel has been known for her ecclectic style and oversized accessories. But she never capitalized on her unique look until now. In September, her capsule collection for HSN launches and she already has another project in the works: Iris has teamed up with rising jewelry star, Alexis Bittar for a second collection.

Bittar counts Iris as one of his muses and even brought her as his date to the CFDA Awards. Both Bittar and Iris have a thing for oversized, in-your-face jewels so this partnership is perfect! Fashion is always looking for new things, but nowadays, it's hip to be old. Octogenarians have been placed in the fashion spotlight, thanks to blogs like Advanced Style and The Sartorialist who focus on their unique and classic looks.

We love Iris and the fact that she's making the most of the later years in her life. It's an inspiration for all and we're beyond excited for their collaboration!


God I love this woman...this is exactly how I want to look when I'm her age! Check out that gorgeous neck piece....she ALWAYS wears the most unique jewelry, much of which appears to be one-of-a-kind or picked up in some out of the way boutique in France or Italy. To me, she is, and will always be, a source of inspiration! Following is a quote from this great lady, which is a true testament to her inimitable style.

“I think dressing up or down should be a creative experience. Exciting. Fun. Whenever possible, it’s really great to start with a marvelously cut designer piece and build on it. For me the key to personal style lies in accessories. My friends tell me that my oversized glasses and my pairs of bracelets have become my unwritten signature. I have amassed an enormous “collection” of bags, belts, bangles and beads without which I would be lost. One can change the entire look of an outfit by substituting one accessory for another. I love objects from different worlds, different eras, combined my way. Never uptight, achieving – hopefully – a kind of throwaway chic."



O.k..........So Where's The Jewelry?


Yes, where's the jewelry? I read the featured article on WWD yesterday and have been checking HSN since that time, but no jewelry! I was so....excited when I heard (some weeks back), that Iris Apfel was designing a collection of jewelry for HSN. I love, love, love this woman's style! Well, maybe I've said that a time or two before, but it's true! This is exactly how I want to look when I'm her age. The signature glasses, the bold jewelry.....it's all so fabulous! Anyhoo, it's my hope that the beaded collar that she's wearing (or at least a replica), will be among the HSN offerings. For now, I'll continue checking!

APFEL’S EYE ON DESIGN: Iris Apfel is launching today a jewelry collection in partnership with HSN. Surprisingly, the longtime accessories collector, who is never seen without her signature oversize black round glasses, has until now never dabbled in design (the Metropolitan Museum of Art even hosted an exhibit in her honor in 2005). “HSN has a proven track record to reproduce museum-quality jewelry and accessories at an affordable price, which allows me to bring my passion for the stylishly off-beat to the general public,” Apfel said.

The 13-piece Rara Avis by Iris Apfel line fuses modern and vintage elements and features brightly colored chunky necklaces, bracelets and brooches. Fashioned from Lucite, mixed metals and beaded materials, offerings will range from $20 to $180. “I have amassed an enormous collection of bags, belts, bangles and beads without which I would be lost. One can change the entire look of an outfit by substituting one accessory for another. I love objects from different worlds, different eras, combined my way. Never uptight, achieving — hopefully — a kind of throwaway chic,” Apfel said.

(Picture: refinery29.com/article: WWD)


Iris Apfel Collaborates with Eyebobs


IRIS APFEL’S NEW GIG: It’s hard to visualize Iris Apfel without her signature, very big, very round glasses. This spring, a similar style will be available for the 90-year-old style icon’s minions: eyebobs, the eyewear company specializing in reading glasses, will release a limited-edition frame inspired by Apfel, dubbed, naturally, the Iris.

Though Apfel merely served as the frame’s inspiration, she has already begun collaborating on designing a full “eyebobs by Iris Apfel” collection which will include readers, sun readers and polarized sunglasses to roll out in 2013. Prices will range from $75 to $99.

“In Iris we found the perfect partner,” said Julie Allinson of eyebobs. “Her enthusiasm and energy catches fire... She is sassy and has a sense of humor, and she’s a woman that knows what she wants. There’s no wishy washy.” The limited-edition Iris frame, available in three colors, will be available in January online at eyebobs.com and at specialty retailers and optical shops. Proceeds will benefit Lighthouse International, one of Apfel’s favorite charities.


She's at it again....I love it!


88 And Still The Epitome Of Style & Grace


From Time to time I scan the social pages or some equally chic destination to catch a glimpse of what my favorite style Icon is wearing. Iris Apfel remains at the top of my list of the fabulously chic. She possesses that inimitable style that's unmatched. The piled on jewelry, the signature glasses, the gorgeous prints....the list goes on and on. The subject in many a magazine, fashion blog or social publication, the woman is a walking, fashion phenomenon!

Photo: whatkatiesaw.com


Iris wears a Pertegaz shawl bought in Barcelona in the early 70s.
Photo Martha Camarillo/gaurdian.com.uk


Iris & husband Carl
Photo: palmbeachtoday.net


photo: aavc.vassar.edu


Iris with David Duncan
Photo: fashioncult.com


Iris interviewed by David Patrick Columbia of New York Social Diary

From Time to time I scan the social pages or some equally chic destination to catch a glimpse of what my favorite style Icon is wearing. Iris Apfel remains at the top of my list of the fabulously chic. She possesses that inimitable style that is unmatched. The piled on jewelry, the signature glasses, the gorgeous prints....the list goes on and on. The woman is a walking, fashion phenomenon!

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Style Icon: Iris Apfel

This eighty-six year old lady is the epitome of style. She wears big, bold jewelry and beautiful ornate clothing. So popular is she, that a book was written about her titled: THE IRREVERENT IRIS APFEL: RARE BIRD OF FASHION. The book contains clothing and jewelry that is absolutely breathtaking. I like the fact that she has and revels in her "individual style". She does not follow the "fashion path"....she has created her own.

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This shoe belongs on display.

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