Iris Apfel: 102-year-old US fashion designer passes away

Iris Apfel, the renowned American designer, passed away at the age of 102. The self-described “geriatric starlet” was recognizable due to her massive beads, bright lipstick, huge glasses, and short white hair. Although Apfel’s renown peaked in the 1980s and 90s, she was a fixture at Paris fashion shows for over 50 years. She also catered to a number of well-known people, such as Greta Garbo and Estée Lauder.Apfel’s death was shared on Instagram with her nearly three million followers, along with a photo of her famously large round glasses. One American designer who paid respect to Apfel was Tommy Hilfiger, who described her as a “innovator and leader” in the textile and fashion industries who “will go down in history”.


“Iris Apfel has become a world-famous fashion icon because of her incredible talent not only as an artist, but as an influencer,” he stated. “She has had an amazing effect on so many people with her huge heart and magic touch with everyone she meets.” Actress Hannah Waddingham from Ted Lasso and US artist Lenny Kravitz also contributed. Apfel, who was raised in a Jewish family in New York in 1921, began her academic career studying art history before specializing in textiles for interior design. Before turning into a trend-setter in her 80s and a professional model at 97, she spent decades working as an interior designer, even working on restoration projects at the White House.


According to Apfel’s agent Lori Sale, collaborating with her is “the privilege of a lifetime.” “I shall miss her regular phone calls, when she would invariably answer with the same query, ‘What have you got for me today?’ Evidence of her unquenchable drive to work,” Ms. Sale remarked. “She truly embodied the definition of a visionary. Her big, eye-catching spectacles perched atop her nose gave her a unique perspective on the world.”Her artistic eye transformed the mundane into the extraordinary and her ability to blend the unconventional with the elegant was nothing short of magical.” She described the world via those lenses as a kaleidoscope of color, a canvas of patterns and prints.

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