Why Do We Love Iris Apfel?
Iris Apfel has a passion for life and enough energy to wear us young ones out, (even those like me in our 50's), and she shows little interest in slowing down.
For over six decades, Iris, the self-described "geriatric starlet" has built a career in textiles, interior design (including restorations on the White House) before turning her hand to fashion, with jewellery and a ready-to-wear clothing line.
At 96, Iris Apfel's (who is known for ageing stylishly) personal clothing collection went on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The show revealed her penchant for mixing haute couture and flea market finds, and a whimsical approach to combining colors, textures and patterns.
Iris is often known for her signature glasses, bold and glamorous looks, she was an enduring style icon.
But what I love about Iris was her passion for life and endless energy. In her 90's, she still had so many projects on the go, including a book, new clothing line and wait for it, a Barbie look-alike doll.
"I go at it full; I'm very passionate about what I do. I put my heart and soul into everything, and it feeds me. I push myself until I can't anymore and then come back again for more. I'm a glutton for punishment" - Iris Apfel.
Iris loves to wear colour and thinks black is very dull.
"For the last three seasons of cold weather in New York, every young woman (was) dressed the same. Black leather bomber jacket, black tights, high black boots, long hair tied in a ponytail. It's very boring. I think the difference is what's so interesting."
And different she is. Iris has made a significant impact on my life as I mature. Viewing the Iris documentary, which captures her daily life as she goes about her business as an international style icon, I gained more confidence as a maturing woman to stand up to be who I want to be. Not to be afraid to stand out in the crowd. If I want to wear bright coloured, large glasses, I will. But what Iris backs everything up with is hard work, knowledge and class.
As stated above, we know what a hard worker Iris is, and she backs this up with a thirst for learning. Iris is living proof we are never too old to try new things. We only have one life, and she is one woman who is making the most of everything.
Iris isn't a natural, model-like beauty, but to me, she is one stylish and confident woman who shines from the inside out and outside in. So in my eyes, Iris you are beautiful.
Do you agree?
What do you love about Iris?
Carolyn Rowland is a qualified NLP Master Therapist, Advanced Practitioner of Matrix Therapies, Time Line Therapist, Practitioner of Hypnotherapy, has a Diploma for Business and Life Coaching and A Professional Image Stylist. Carolyn is happily married to her husband Simon, and raised four beautiful children, who are now young adults and a teenager.
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