I’m so busy, I work like a crazy person. I love to work, and particularly the last two-and-a-half years since I lost my darling husband, who was with me for 68 years. We were in business together and everything else, so the loss was monumental. And I decided that to keep my sanity, I better just work even harder, because if I stay home and think, I’ll be very unhappy. God was good to me, and I got a lot of interesting commissions. All kinds: designing, modelling, speaking, travelling and so I’ve been working like mad.
~ Iris Apfel, Age 96, WWD, March, 2018
Indeed! Since I wrote about Iris in my Icons post two years ago (2016, here), the exuberant style maven has done an impressive number of projects:
SHE WROTE A BOOK
Accidental Icon: Musings of a Geriatric Starlet (HarperCollins) hit the shelves March 6.
SHE GOT HER OWN MINI-ME BARBIE
Matell created a one-off Iris Apfel Barbie doll who dons a miniature replica of the green Gucci suit Apfel wears on the cover of Accidental Icon. Although you can’t buy the Iris barbie, she apparently has styled ensembles for two Barbie dolls that will be sold this fall.She’ll create adult-sized versions of these outfits for the Home Shopping Network.
SHE WINDOW-DRESSED BERGDORF GOOMAN’S LEGENDARY FIFTH AVENUE WINDOWS
The fashion doyenne dressed and styled the mannequins in the Bergdorf windows which features all things Iris from March 15 through March 26th. The Iris homage includes pieces available for sale as well as items from her own closet and from the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, which houses more than 900 pieces from her wardrobe as part of its permanent collection.
Through March 27, the department store will have an IRIS APFEL POP UP SHOP offering both exclusive merchandise—created in collaboration among Bergdorf Goodman, Apfel and designers Naeem Khan and Alain Mikli—as well as some personal items from Apfel’s own wardrobe.
THE DOCUMENTARY IRIS GOT NOMINATED FOR AN EMMY AWARD
The 2014 film was directed by the late
SHE CONTINUES TO BE PHOTOGRAPHED & INTERVIEWED BY MEDIA AROUND THE WORLD
Iris is endlessly interesting, amusing, and inspiring.
Perhaps keeping busy is Iris’ secret to everything.
- IRIS APFEL ACCIDENTAL ICON: Amazon; Chapters-Indigo
- IRIS APFEL POP UP SHOP BERGDORF GOODMAN: online ; 3rd floor in store
- IRIS COLLECTION: Home Shopping Network
POST PHOTO: Iris Apfel: Accidental Icon book cover