At 94, “geriatric starlet” Iris Apfel has her priorities straight. According to Apfel, great personal style is about knowing yourself, staying curious, and maintaining a sense of humor. Her career as an interior designer and textile maker has taken her to far corners of the world: to obscure Tunisian bazaars in pursuit of rare antique fabrics, or to Washington D.C. to spearhead a White House restoration project for the Kennedys. In 2005, the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art showcased her explosive, exuberant personal collection of accessories, fabrics and garments. Iris, a documentary about her life, hit theaters this past April. When it comes to expressing your individuality through fashion, there is no authority more seasoned than Iris Apfel. Take a look at a few of her pearls of wisdom, and get some serious style inspiration.
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- Iris Apfel