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Iris Apfel

“I am inspired by everything around me. It’s not like I stand out on the moors or any of that romantic crap they throw around. I’m just inspired by being alive and breathing and meeting people and talking to people and doing things and absorbing what’s happening. I think if more people did that, there would be better fashion. ”

Businesswoman. Interior designer. Fashion icon. Legend.

These are all the words that only begin to describe Iris Apfel.

With her signature giant glasses, gobs of bracelets, baubles and necklaces, and crazed color combinations, you will always know when Iris enters a room. The whole atmosphere changes.

“I don’t have any rules because I would only be breaking them all the time. So what’s the point?”

She has such an excitement about life, and you can feel it. It is hard to believe she is 95 years old.

“There is really no substitute for experience. You must have experience and be open to experience — that helps. That helps a lot. Most importantly, you have to be yourself, be who you are and take time to be open and honest with yourself. That is what it’s all about. If you don’t know yourself, you’ll never have great style. You’ll never really live. To me, the worst fashion faux pas is to look in the mirror, and not see yourself.”

Meet Iris.

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