May 24, 2010

The Queen of Accessorizing

This past January my friend Heather invited me to see an exhibit on Iris Apfel at the Peabody Essex Museum. The show exhibited mannequin after mannequin of her fabulous outfits, shoes, and outlandish accessories. Iris Apfel is an 88-year-old fashion icon. She is also one of the most influential interior textile designers in the world having put her touch on the White House through nine presidents. What a firecracker. I’ve nicknamed Ms. Apfel the Queen of Accessorizing because she is so great at it. As someone with a background in fashion design, I especially like how she mixes expensive clothing & accessories with cheap ones.

I also like that Iris is fearless and doesn’t worry about what everyone thinks. She wears what she loves and she encourages other women to do the same without being afraid. In researching Iris it also caught my attention of course that she is opposed to cosmetic surgery. She has been quoted as saying “What’s wrong with getting old? I think getting old is great. It’s a privilege, a pleasure. You shouldn’t dress like an old bag and sit on a rocker though.”

Excellent advice dear Iris.

Love Iris's stylin' glasses? Victoria Beckham sells them for just under $500 :-)

More on her in the Boston Globe.

Another short video of her at Nordstrom’s here.

And a good book on the collection of her work as well:


  1. "Free, free, freedom of expression, freedom in only have one trip, you might as well enjoy it." It's no wonder Iris look fabulous at 88 and is so full of life. Look how SHARP she is at her young age! Thanks for posting Lou!!

  2. Louise,

    Iris is so cool! I love her way of showing the world who she is through her unique style! She is fearless in her expression and is a perfect example to all to be who you want to be no matter what age you are!

  3. Thanks girls! That was one of my favorite lines of hers..."You only have one trip- you may as well enjoy it!"

    My other favorite line is "The fun thing about getting dressed is that it's a creative experience and you never know what it's going to be."

    Now that makes getting dressed something to look forward to no matter what age we are!