The colourful Iris Apfel, who reached a milestone 100 years last August, is our inspiration for this month’s ‘Style Not Age’. It was my turn to choose and her collaboration with H&M launches today. So I thought it would be fun to take our inspiration from this style icon.
WHO IS IRIS APFEL?
Even if you don’t know her by name, you’ve probably seen images of Iris Apfel online or in magazines.
She wears giant sunglasses and loves her accessories. You might also notice that she likes layering. Why wear one necklace when six or seven make a statement. And you seldom see her with only one bangle. Often her arms are stacked right up to the elbows with a colourful collection.
Bold colours and prints are also part of her style and she is fond of feathers and adornment. Generally she keeps to two or three main colours in an outfit so there is a cohesion to it.
With her husband Karl, Iris ran an interior design company, Old World Weavers, for over forty years starting in 1951. She also restored historic American buildings, including parts of the White House.
Thanks to her career as an interior designer, Iris Apfel travelled to discover materials, artifacts and designs. Along the way, she’d buy things and add them to her wardrobe. This included everything from couture clothing and costume jewellery to accessories from bazaars and flea markets.
In 2008, the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art held an exhibition featuring items from her vast clothing collection. This established her place in the fashion world, not as a fashion designer, but rather for her skills as a stylist and collector.
INSPIRED BY IRIS APFEL
I must say I had great fun with this. Unlike Iris, I am more of a minimalist than a maximalist. ‘More is More and less is a bore’ she claims. So, I layered on the bangles and the necklaces.
I found a lovely green dress and feathered cardigan in Studio 21 in Malahide which fitted in perfectly with the theme. And Iris does seem to like green too. My favourite boots from M&S completed the look.
‘When the fun goes out of dressing, you might as well be dead.’
So says Iris. I think she might be right.
‘Style Not Age’ Friends
My friends had fun with this month’s theme too.
Anna went with a fabulous ruffled blouse and pink gingham trousers. Of course, she had no problem with accessories and she layered her necklaces to her heart’s content. Pop over to annasislandstyle for more info on how she tackled the theme.
Gail looks fabulous in pink. Iris Apfel loves colour and pink is one of her favourites. And I love Gail’s green neck piece. Find out more on Is This Mutton.
Jacqui layered her necklaces just like Iris and donned the oversized glasses too, though she claims she is not totally happy with her offering. Pop over to Mummabstylish and see why.
Iris Apfel would love Emma’s bold reds and her turquoise accessories. And you can find out where Emma picked up her pieces on The Style Splash.
I hope you enjoyed our ‘Style Not Age’ theme this month. Check out Iris Apfel’s collaboration with H&M if you like her style. Or is it too flamboyant for you?
Thanks for reading as always. I hope Iris has brightened your day.