Iris Apfel is no shrinking violet, that’s for sure. The 90 year old self confessed “geriatric starlet” is a modern day New York icon whose renewed notoriety is due to a small exhibition of her clothes at the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute five years ago. Since then, Iris has been inspiring the likes of Isaac Mizrahi and Duro Olowu, photographed by Bruce Weber and featured in the likes of Vogue and the New York Times. Iris’ mother owned a fashion boutique and her grandfather was a master tailor, so you could say that fashion was in her blood. But Iris worked as an interior decorator, following her father’s footsteps and notably working on design restoration projects at the White House for nine presidents. Still, fashion has never been far from her heart. To Iris, style is a vital form of creative expression and her eccentric, thrown together, idiosyncratic sense of style has inspired so many people. And it’s easy to see why, type her name into Google Images and you will discover a one woman lesson into the most mega maximalist way of dressing. So eclectic, nothing matches, it’s haphazardness personified but somehow looks perfect.
The latest shimmery feather in Iris’ cap is a collaboration with Mac, hot on the heels of the Gareth Pugh and Daphne Guinness ranges which were released towards the end of last year. The 20-piece collection is launched on 5th January and features bold, bright pops of colour: the hottest pinks, twinking emerald shades and rich reds. Her Scarlet Ibis lipstick was actually used in Erdem’s SS12 show, a testament to the influence of Miss Apfel. Needless to say, this is one collection not to be missed.
* Source MAC