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Fashion Icon Iris Apfel Dies at 102

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the staff of the Ridgewood blog

New York NY, renowned for her unique style and unapologetic individuality, Iris Apfel, the textile expert, interior designer, and fashion icon, has passed away at the age of 102.

Iris Apfel’s eccentric ensembles, characterized by a blend of haute couture and oversized costume jewelry, captivated audiences worldwide. With her signature round glasses, bright red lipstick, and short white hair, she became an icon of self-expression and originality in the fashion industry.

Her remarkable life and fashion sense were celebrated in museum exhibits and the documentary film “Iris,” directed by Albert Maysles. Apfel’s late-in-life fame surged through social media platforms like Instagram and TikTok, where she shared her wisdom on style and garnered millions of followers.

Despite her age, Apfel remained active and engaged, continuing to inspire generations with her unparalleled sense of style. She emphasized the distinction between fashion and style, advocating for individuality and courage in self-expression.

Beyond her fashion influence, Apfel was an expert in textiles and antique fabrics, co-owning a textile manufacturing company with her husband Carl. Her work included restoration projects at the White House under six U.S. presidents and collaborations with celebrity clients like Estee Lauder and Greta Garbo.

Apfel’s impact extended beyond the fashion world, with her charitable donations to museums and collaborations with brands like M.A.C. cosmetics and Kate Spade. Despite her fame, she remained grounded, encouraging others to embrace their uniqueness and forge their paths in life.

With her passing, Iris Apfel leaves behind a legacy of creativity, individuality, and fearless self-expression that will continue to inspire generations to come.


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5 thoughts on “Fashion Icon Iris Apfel Dies at 102

  1. Humility is a virtue.

    1. Not for these people, quite the opposite.

      1. ??? These people?

        1. Yes, the people who think dressing up like clowns deserve special attention and awards.

        2. Yes.
          These People.

          Any other questions?

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