Iris Apfel's new book Accidental Icon: Musings of a Geriatric Starlet is not an accident. The 96-years-young, larger-than-life personality has had a lot to say in her latest hardcover filled with photographs and illustrations of life as an interior designer, textile expert, and fashion influencer.
This visionary has been extra busy with completing a documentary to being the face of MAC cosmetics. Her clothes and accessories have been the center of several museum exhibitions. With her signature, oversized glasses, chunky jewelry, bright clothes and furs, Iris is the epitome of cool and has many amazing experiences to share.
If you are a lover of all things fashion, you will definitely want a copy of Accidental Icon to read and re-read! It will also make a perfect Mother's Day gift moms of all ages will appreciate. Here are a few of Apfel's most inspirational musings and reflections from the book:
·Always stay engaged. "You have to be interested to be interesting." Apfel and Carl, her husband of 68 years, have explored the world to find unique fabrics for their textile business, Old World Weavers. In the book she mentions, "Having a sense of wonder, a sense of humor, and a sense of curiosity - these are my tonic. They keep you young, childlike, open to new people and things, ready for another adventure."
·Build a wardrobe one piece at a time. "I buy clothing to wear it, not collect it. I'm always asked about my 'favorite' this or 'favorite' that. I hate that question! If I like something, I just like it. It's a gut feeling." Apfel acquired her unusual wardrobe taste beginning in the '50s when she toured the world for her textile business. During her travels, she visited designer salons and snagged runway castoffs. She made a habit of cleaning flea markets in Europe, collecting vintage religious garments and silver jewelry. "If a bracelet is fantastic and it's only five dollars, all the better," she says.
·Dress for yourself and no one else. "I never tried to fit in," says Apfel. "I don't dress to be stared at; I dress for myself. When you don't dress like everyone else, you don't have to think like everyone else," says the ageless style star who disregards social media, cellphones, and selfie sticks. "When people ask if they can send me an email, I say, 'No darling. You can't do that. Send a pigeon. All I have is a quill and candle."
· Forget the word "minimalist." Apfel's philosophy is simple: "More is more and less is a bore." She despises minimalism. "I like stuff," she admits. "I like being surrounded by a lot of things that give me pleasure to look at." She splurges on accessories and adheres her mother's advice. "She always said that if you invest in a few well-made classic pieces in good fabrics - like a little black dress - and put your money into accessories, you'll have a million different outfits."
·Attitude is everything. In the book, Apfel touches on the importance of being unique and styling yourself not based on trend, but on what’s within. "You have to know yourself before you can find your own style," says Apfel. "You can learn to be fashionable. You can become fashionable ... but as for style ... either you got it or you ain't. It's not what you wear but how you wear it. Your style has to come from you. Style cannot be bought or learned - it's in your DNA. You can get help to bring it out; you can learn how to be better dressed, but in the end, style is inherent.
·The world and our wardrobes need more color! "Let's face it, life can be dull, you might as well have a little fun with color when you dress," says Apfel whose known for a colorful wardrobe which has been compared to French artist Henri Matisse’s work of bright abstract paintings. Apfel swears by red lipstick, one of her colorful trademarks, and isn't afraid of stating what she believes the world needs less of, such as flip-flops, sweatpants, leggings, overly tight jeans and short shorts. According to Apfel, "everybody looks like a mess, like they're on their way to a shower bath or who knows where." But "if your hair is done properly and you're wearing good shoes, you can get away with anything."
For inspirational adventures, illustrations and photographs correlated to Iris Apfel’s journey to becoming a renowned fashion icon, purchase her new Accidental Icon. To purchase clothing, jewelry and accessories hand-picked by Iris Apfel visit her pop-up shop at Bergdorf Goodman and her Rara Avis collection of jewelry and clothes at the Home Shopping Network.