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{accessorizing} Iris Apfel Jewelry Collection

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The eccentric 90-year-old figure of the arsty New York, Iris Apfel, has launched a line of accessories. Yoox.com asked her to work on a jewelry collection full of glamorous vintage-inspired pieces and a few treasures drawn from her personal collection.

In 1948 she married Carl Apfel. Two years later they launched the textile firm Old World Weavers and ran it until they retired in 1992. During this time, Iris Apfel took part in many design restoration projects, including work at the White House for nine presidents: Truman, Eisenhower, Nixon, Kennedy, Johnson, Carter, Reagan, and Clinton. Since she retired, she has become a “rare bird”, a reference to the iconoclastic New York fashion.

In 2005, the Metropolitan Museum of Art devoted a retrospective to his exuberant closet. Right now, Albert Maysles is making a film about her that will be released in 2012.

Since buying her first piece of jewellery, a rhinestone-studded brass brooch, from a shop in Greenwich Village 79 years ago, her passion for accessories, eyewear and mythical bracelets are her personal signature: without them, she feels “lost”.

Iris Apfel mixes designer clothes and vintage or ethnic pieces, enhanced by accessories like scarves and especially baroque jewelry. A passion inherited from her very chic mother, who, with a simple black dress, created 20 outfits.

{Images Via Yoox.com}
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