I adore, adore, adore Iris Apfel. She is the batty old lady I hope to be in 50 years.
For those of you not familiar with this octogenarian badass, here's a little insight.... In 1950, Iris and her husband launched a textile firm called Old World Weavers and over the next half a century, she became one hell of a fashion icon. In 2005, the Met put her flamboyant personal wardrobe (including Chinese robes, haute-couture feathered coats, operatic necklaces, and her signature spectacles) on display in its Costume Institute, where many of the pieces from her closet continue to be in a standing exhibit.
Iris' wardrobe - and her life - is an unparalleled mix of eclectic individuality that fuses couture with plastic costume jewelry. As everything about her lifestyle is so whimsical, I was really excited to see that Architectural Digest did an entire spread of her Manhattan apartment. It's everything I wanted it to be and more. Check out the images of her home below. It's so hoarder-chic that I can't hardly stand it.
The most hilarious line of the entire interview was when Iris started talking about her aesthetic and she point blank stated, "I don't do minimal." No kidding.
Any images not my own are courtesy of Architectural Digest.