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Iris Apfel Turns 96: A Look Back At the Fashion Icon’s Most Delightfully Eccentric Looks


For all of the larger-than-life personalities in the fashion industry, perhaps no one has been as consistently zany in their personal style as Iris Apfel. Born in Queens in 1921, Apfel has worked in just about every aspect of the industry, including a stint at Women’s Wear Daily, design restoration projects at the White House for nine presidents, and her very own line of accessories. Through it all, Apfel has made a name for herself as one of style’s true eccentrics. Never one to skimp on accessories, Apfel is known for her layered jewels, feather stoles, and, of course, her signature round, black-rimmed glasses. Today, the style icon turns 96-years-old, with no signs of slowing down any time soon. In honor of the occasion, a look back at some of her most memorable fashion moments.

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Iris Apfel at the Joanna Mastroianni Fall 2013 fashion show during New York Fashion Week.

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At the “Iris” New York Premiere at Paris Theatre in 2015.

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At the the New York Times International Luxury Conference at Mandarin Oriental in 2014 in Miami.

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With Carl Apfel at the 2005 International Designer Showhouse Gala at the Pierre Hotel in New York.

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At Geoffrey Bradfield’s birthday in New York in 2006.

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At the American Apparel & Footwear Association’s 38th Annual American Image Awards 2016 in New York.

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At the Louise T. Blouin MacBain Residence in New York in 2006.

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At Tracy Stern at L’Olivier in 2006 in New York.

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At cocktails to honor Ralph Rucci at Charlotte Moss Residence in 2006 in New York.

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With Carl Apfel at Moschino Dinner in honor of Rossella Jardini at Bergdorf Goodman in 2006 in New York.

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With Karolina Kurkova at the Desigual fashion show during New York Fashion Week in 2015.

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At Lighthouse International event at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York in 2008.

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With Alber Elbaz at FIT Couture Council Luncheon honoring Elbaz at Rainbow Room in New York in 2007.

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With Carl Apfel at ACNE Paper issue launch at McGraw Rotunda in New York in 2008.

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At FIT Couture Council Award Luncheon honoring Isabel Toledo at The Rainbow Room in Ne York in 2008.

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At 2016 Fashion Group International Night of Stars Gala at Cipriani Wall Street in 2016 in New York.

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At Isabel Toledo: Fashion From Inside Out at The Museum at FIT in New York in 2009.

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Iris Apfel attends RODARTE Spring/Summer 2010 Collection at Gagosian Galley on September 15, 2009 in New York City.

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Iris Apfel and Carl Apfel attend 60th Annual PARSONS Benefit & Fashion Show Honoring Diane von Furstenberg and Howard Socol at Grand Hayatt New York on April 28, 2008 in New York City.