By refusing to dress her age at 91 (or ever), Advanced Style icon Iris Apfel is the leader of the current “go bolder as you grow older” fashion pack. Great artistic geezers (think late-life Frank Lloyd Wright in his cape, Louise Nevelson in her fake eyelashes, Dali in his mustache ) all embraced bits of visual,personal and very repetitive branding we still remember. For Apfel, it’s those “bigger than Swifty Lazar” black rimmed glasses. The specs anchor everything and balance the baubles. Apfel wears color in a town
where black is always the new black. .Her backround is high-end interior and fashion design –With her husband Carl. she founded Old World Weavers whose luxury textiles decorated the Kennedy White House and Greta Garbo’s digs. The company is now owned by Stark.
Now, here’s the cheap thrill part. Apfel is becoming the Joan Rivers of rival Home Shopping Network–knocking off her personal jewelry faves for the rest of us under the Rara Avis label. She’s also designing bags for Bloomingdales & Bendels; shoes for HSN. She refers to herself as “The Geriatric Starlet”