In Albert Maysles’ latest and last documentary, he chose 93-year-old fashion icon and interior designer Iris Apfel as his subject. While Iris sometimes defines herself as the “geriatric fashion icon,” she is still going strong in her seasoned age. She is a testament to the phrase, “love your job and you will never work a day in your life,” and the consummate individual. The documentary not only shows her immense fashion collection and style but also the pizazz and fun she has daily, while still working around the clock.
While the documentary touches briefly on her past, it really focuses on the present and what’s in her closet. Iris is widely regarded as a fashion industry icon because of her unabashedly unique personal style. Iris states, “I don’t have any rules because I would break every one of them, so it’s a waste of time.” Iris loves color; living in a city where black has become a standard uniform, she stands out like a peacock. She must have arms and a neck of steel for all of the accessories she layers on. What some might consider her style “too much,” but it somehow works when put together by Iris. Also interesting are her shopping habits; she garners the same joy shopping for $4 accessories as she does shopping for the latest couture. But store owners beware, Iris has a fierce haggling technique, she’ll talk down any price tag.
When you watch the film, you’ll find yourself wanting Iris to be your friend, your grandmother. You want to know her in any way that you can. Not only does she have a signature style, but also the eccentric personality to go along with it.
May Iris Apfel and her Mr. Magoo-style glasses continue to lead the way in how to dress for many years to come!
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