Daring Greatly (& #WCW) // Style Icon Iris Apfel

April 1, 2015

In this series, we are looking at women who have dared greatly in their lives and continue to inspire us to keep living our lives fully and passionately.iris apfelIris Apfel may be in her 90’s now, but that hasn’t stopped her from continuing to be the style icon that she has been for well over 50 years. Starting out as an interior designer and a textile designer for the white house in the 1950’s, her personal style preceded all else as she continuously put together eclectic outfits and that are truly works of art.

“When you don’t dress like everybody else, you don’t have to think like everybody else” – Iris Apfel

Throughout her life, Iris Apfel has been inspired by art, haute couture, and textiles she collects. It is hard not to be inspired by her outward appearance, but Iris also is know for her unconventional insights on style, fashion, and life. A new documentary by the late great documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles (Grey Gardens and Gimme Shelter) about Iris is “more than a fashion film, the documentary is a story about creativity and how, even in Iris’ dotage, a soaring free spirit continues to inspire.” It is always inspiring to see people doing what they love, expressing themselves with no censorship, and creating a truly impassioned life. Here is the trailer if you would like to see.

“Fashion you can buy, but style you possess. The key to style is learning who you are, which takes years. There’s no how-to road map to style. It’s about self-expression and, above all, attitude.” – Iris Apfel