Iris Apfel: ‘The Geriatric Starlet’

You couldn’t help but smile when Iris Apfel said she was a “geriatric starlet.” It’s actually beautiful to see her embrace that title, just as its beautiful to see her embrace style the way she has. If there is a word to describe her… we would use “snazzy”. She wears beautiful jewelry, is known for her signature frames, and has been a fixture in the fashion industry for decades. Do you remember her from those infamous Old Navy commercials? Well, she’s just as fabulous. Check her out…

Do you think you would be able to hold onto your style in your later years? I know that you hope you will, but few hold onto their style like Ms. Apfel.

Iris Apfel is known for several design restoration projects, including work at the White House for nine presidents: Truman, Eisenhower, Nixon, Kennedy, Johnson, Carter, Reagan, and Clinton. Pretty impressive, right?

Iris Apfel had a career surrounded by fashion. Apfel worked for Women’s Wear Daily and for interior designer Elinor Johnson.

Check how her frames change shape and color… she looks great! Most importantly, she seemed to have found company that shares her sense of style.

Every single piece she wears has an interesting quality.


What is most beautiful about her is that she stayed true to herself. And even if it took until her 80s to be appreciated and revered for her unique approach to style, she didn’t seem to waver from her unique point of view. If it took you 70 years to be recognized for your work, would you still do what was in your heart? True influencers and icons do amazing things when no one is looking.