By Ron Howells • 30 August 2021 • 12:24
Instagram user turns 100 and continues to bodily ‘break all the rules’.
Iris Apfel is as stylish as ever and continues to be an inspiration for fashion fans and designers of all ages.
“One necklace is never enough and that there should be at least five — and they should get your attention. A single bracelet is boring. Go for 10 at a time. On each arm. And glasses should be bold” said iris.
Iris Apfel’s jewellery can be heard rattling along whenever she moves- her oversized round glasses have become her trademark. The style icon, glamour girl, fashion designer and interior designer turned 100 on Sunday, August 29.
The exceptionally well-kept centenarian is not afraid of extravagant clothes and eye-catching makeup. Her hair is coloured bright grey, her lipstick bright red, pink or orange.
She has been dubbed the “oldest teenager in the world,” and her Instagram account has more than 1.7 million followers. Her guiding philosophy has also been widely quoted: “I don’t have any rules, because I would only be breaking them, so it’s a waste of time.”
The ‘glittering granny’ said that this was her recipe for success right from the start.
Born in New York City in 1921, Apfel grew up during the Great Depression. Her mother advised her to buy a single simple black dress— that way she would always have something to wear, as it can be worn in casual and more dressy contexts. It all depends on the accessories you add – the young Iris never forgot her mother’s advice.
It was at the age of 11 that she discovered a brooch she really wanted in a basement shop in Greenwich Village, a neighbourhood in New York. It cost $0.65- around €0.55, and she saved every cent she could find to finally buy it.
It was her first shopping experience, and that experience helped her launch one of the largest private jewellery collections in the United States.
Even to this day, Apfel still searches for the right accessory in boutiques, flea markets and secondhand shops. She combines items that no one else would consider combining, mixing haute couture with junk, as well as shapes and patterns that supposedly do not go together. And when Apfel wears them together, they end up harmonizing. That’s her great talent. She just dares and doesn’t follow any trends. Instead, she sets them herself.
May Apfel Iris continue to set new fashion trends, entertain, and break the rules for many years yet. RH.
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