Iris Apfel

Our favorite nonagenarian style icon, Iris Apfel is making headlines again. The Boston Globe reports that she’s donating over 600 articles of clothing and accessories (we’re talking the likes of Lagerfeld, Dior, McQueen) to the Peabody Essex Museum in Massachusetts.

All 600 enviable pieces were already lent to the museum during its 2009 exhibition, “Rare Bird of Fashion: The Irreverent Iris Apfel.” After reading the news of her collection’s permanent return to the museum, we thought it a perfect time to open our treasure chest and relive our interview with Apfel—shot as she as she marked the exhibition’s opening by styling our Nordstrom Northshore windows.

“If you can have one good little black dress and have a lot of accessories, you can change the look of the dress, and you can have umpteen outfits and always look good.”—Iris Apfel

This rare bird of fashion is sheer delight.


Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Gift of Mrs. Aldrich Peck.

*Credit as below.

*Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Purchased with funds provided by Suzanne A. Saperstein and Michael and Ellen Michelson, with additional funding from the Costume Council, the Edgerton Foundation, Gail and Gerald Oppenheimer, Maureen H. Shapiro, Grace Tsao, and Lenore and Richard Wayne

All images: © 2011 Museum Associates/ LACMA, Licensed by Art Resource, NY

Picture it: 18th-century Paris. It’s the height of the ornate and playful Rococo period and France’s capital is considered the tastemaker of the western world. See it all for yourself. If you’re in the Los Angeles area, mark your calendar and head to the Getty Center’s exhibit, Paris: Life and Luxury, April 26–August 7.

Experience the lifestyle of elite Parisians during the mid-1700s as you wander through thoughtfully curated rooms featuring fashions, paintings, sculptures and the day-to-day objects of Paris’ upper echelon.

Roughly 160 pieces from museums and private collections the world over culminate to bring you into the grand homes and daily life of Europe’s cultural epicenter.

More info at The Getty Center Los Angeles.