Style icon Iris Apfel lives for the moment


At 93, Iris Apfel—the legendary interior decorator, jewelry designer, globe-trotter, textile innovator, model (she stars in Kate Spade’s spring ad campaign), fashion maverick, and self-described “geriatric starlet,” whose singular style is celebrated in Iris, a new documentary by the late, great filmmaker Albert Maysles—has led a life well-lived. And she isn’t done yet. “I’d still like to visit India,” muses the ”oldest living teenager,” who also serves as Rosewood’s newest Curator. In the role, she joins a list of unique, opinionated, and deeply inspiring people, like tennis champion Maria Sharapova, art curator Simon de Pury, and filmmaker Johnnie To, in sharing insights on the cities they know and love the most. For Apfel, that would be the “great and delicious” New York. Ask her what she likes most about the place in which she was born and still lives with Carl Apfel, her husband of nearly 70 years, and she’ll resolutely state: “Everything.” More specifically: La Grenouille for dinner, Bemelmans Bar for a cocktail, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a day of culture. “I would recommend going early and staying late,” she says. But perhaps most thrilling for Apfel, an avid shopper whose epic collection of clothing and jewelry has been the subject of numerous museum shows, is the fact that New York has it all. “If you can’t find it here, it doesn’t exist," she assures.

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