Iris Apfel, the octogenarian who makes stylish grannies the world over want to raise their game, has announced that she is to launch a jewellery line. Although her taste in clothes is so remarkable that she has already had a museum exhibition devoted to her wardrobe, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2005, Iris has never before designed a fashion collection, which goes to show it’s never too late – as she’s 88 years old. This one is for the Home Style Network, and will be out in September.
Iris made her name in the fashion and textiles world, working as a fashion journalist at WWD and later as an interior designer in the upper echelons of American society. She is a style icon for her singular taste, unbelievable archive of vintage designer clothes and her refusal to dress in boring clothes, even as she approaches her ninth decade.
The look of the collection could be described as ‘giant colourful baubles’, or as Iris herself explains, 'My husband, Carl, is a very lucky man,' she said. 'Diamond necklaces don’t appeal to me at all. I prefer fun jewellery with big stones - so large they would be untouchable if they were real.
'Now, don’t get me wrong. I do appreciate Daddy Warbucks-size stones, like a big, flawed emerald. I love stones that are inherently flawed: rock crystal, turquoise with big veins.
'It’s like Rodin once said, “More beautiful than a beautiful thing is the ruin of a beautiful thing.” I think that’s a great observation, and most of the time so very true.'
She also talked about her muse, and how she has made her own stuff for years, although never for sale; 'All my life I’ve done that, made things or had things made, both clothes and jewelry,' she explained.
'I used to take those beige cardboard tubes that are used for masking tape and draw designs on them with black pens and wear them as bracelets. I have a whole collection of those. You can make all kinds of wonderful stuff. All you need is a little imagination.
'I don’t know what happens to people’s imaginations. We have it when we’re young, but so many lose it when we grow up.' Why, She’s an inspiration to us all, says Grazia Daily.
- Naomi Attwood