Iris Apfel – businesswoman, interior designer and fashion icon.
“People like me because I’m different.”
At 96 Iris Apfel has her priorities right, according to Apfel, great personal style is about knowing yourself, staying curious, and maintaining a sense of humour. As a business mogul she has travelled to all corners of the world creating an impressive portfolio for herself: from 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.
As shown in her inspiring documentary film “Iris” she seemingly has such a wildly happy outlook on what our style reflects and we agree that a bible could be written with Iris Apfel quotes, what with her determination to enjoy life and to stay true to the person you are, no matter how odd that may be.
We think that everyone should be more Iris in 2018 and here are our favourites …
“I’m not pretty, and I’ll never be pretty, but it doesn’t matter. I have something much better. I have style.”
“Life is grey and dull; you might as well have a little fun when you dress.”
“There is really no substitute for experience. You must have experience and be open to experience — that helps. That helps a lot. Most importantly, you have to be yourself, be who you are and take time to be open and honest with yourself. That is what it’s all about. If you don’t know yourself, you’ll never have great style. You’ll never really live. To me, the worst fashion faux pas is to look in the mirror, and not see yourself.”
“I don’t have any rules, because I’d only be breaking them.”
“What’s my style is not your style, and I don’t see how you can define it. It’s something that expresses who you are in your own way.”
“I am inspired by everything around me. It’s not like I stand out on the moors or any of that romantic crap they throw around. I’m just inspired by being alive and breathing and meeting people and talking to people and doing things and absorbing what’s happening. I think if more people did that, there would be better fashion.”
“You have to look in the mirror and see yourself. If it feels good, then I know it’s for me. I don’t dress to be stared at, I dress for myself.”
“If it’s going to stress you out to have a sense of style, don’t do it. The important thing is to be comfortable so you can get on with your life. But I do feel — people miss a lot, if that’s how they approach style. They miss out on this whole creative experience.”