Inspired by Iris Apfel: Aging with a Flourish!


The secret of youth from Iris Apfel:

“I think you have to be interested. If you’re not interested, you can’t be interesting.”

“Stay in the company of young people because they know what’s going on…at least they think they do~”

“If you make a mistake in what you put together the Fashion Police are not going to haul you into jail.”

“I think wit and humor are Life.”

“It’s the thrill of the hunt.”

“Remember, if you do your own thing, you have to have a thing to do.”

Master’s take? Her fashion choices are not his preference, but he honors her great collection of costume jewelry. Master appreciates the well-thought process of accessorizing her outfits.
(Her Queens accent is going to kill  him.)

dievca’s take? Iris offers a vision of how to grow older with Joy. Working to present yourself well and keeping you finger in the pie of Life seems to keep one young. Iris not someone to copy, but someone to be inspired by and learn from while blazing your own trail.

Iris — the documentary


The latest film from legendary documentarian Albert Maysles (GREY GARDENS, GIMME SHELTER), IRIS pairs the late 88-year-old filmmaker (who passed away on March 5) with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. More than a fashion film, the documentary is a story about creativity and how a soaring free spirit continues to inspire. IRIS portrays a singular woman whose enthusiasm for fashion, art and people are life’s sustenance and reminds us that dressing, and indeed life, is nothing but an experiment. Despite the abundance of glamour in her current life, she continues to embrace the values and work ethic established during a middle-class Queens upbringing during the Great Depression. “I feel lucky to be working. If you’re lucky enough to do something you love, everything else follows.”

– See more at:

VIDEO: ♥ Iris Apfel and Deborah Lloyd talk with Nadja Swarovski about the secret to style and creativity

VIDEO: ♥ ADVANCED STYLE – Documentary on Aging with Fashion and Brilliance

8 Comments on “Inspired by Iris Apfel: Aging with a Flourish!”

  1. Pelelotus says:

    She is a fabulous example that you can age anyway you please xx

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  2. Cinn says:

    I love how much clothes and accessories can tell you about people and how they live their lives. May I be so bold.
    Enjoyed this post Dievca.

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    • dievca says:

      She’s a handful, huh? I enjoyed all the documentaries linked —
      With all the deaths in our families, this year, I am really analyzing how I want to live my life for the next 60 years. 😀

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  3. esther says:

    yup! that will be me without the excess jewelry 😉 maybe. xx

    Liked by 1 person

  4. She is so much more than fashion, she is Attitude! I also don’t agree with many of her choices but… full respect for an institution! Long live Iris! Xxx

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