Iris Apfel: What a Woman!

Iris Apfel: What a Woman!

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A couple short blocks from my apartment is one of my favorite stores in the city, [STORY], which is a curated shop that has an entirely new theme every few months. This month’s theme is “Donald,” which is a tribute to the artist Donald Robertson. (Do you follow him on Instagram? You should! His patterns are a thumbs up, and his little towhead twins are just funny.) Donald creates pop art prints of lipstick and red mouths, so his partnership with Smashbox was featured at [STORY] in the form of custom made-while-you-wait lipsticks. He also creates tees for J. Crew, so there was a hot iron press to customize your own soft white tee with one of his signature patterns. His pal, fashion icon Iris Apfel, is also selling some of her very own jewelry and participated in a complimentary (seriously!) Q&A at the store with its creator and owner, Rachel Shechtman. Today, some words of wisdom from Iris for your reading pleasure.

It’s better to be happy than well-dressed.

I like slow songs. I like the kinds of songs that you listen to while drinking scotch.

I went on a pilgrimage to a museum in Taos to track down a necklace of huge turquoise nuggets put together in a slapdash way. It’s iconic. But when I arrived, the museum was closed. I banged on the door of the closed museum, screaming at the glass, and begged the security guard to let me in. I told him my sob story of traveling all the way from New York to worship this turquoise necklace. I didn’t stop until he let me in so I could pay my respects.

I make the worst hollandaise sauce on the planet.

I was in a flea market in Paris and found a necklace I fancied. Then I discovered…it was jewelry for an elephant. The man said, “Does Madame have an elephant?” To which I responded, “Monsieur, everyone in New York has an elephant.”

My search is for a quiet restaurant in New York. People build restaurants now for decor, not for food. If you play rock music and bounce it off glass and steel structures in the interior for a restaurant, it is so loud that I’ll freak out. I don’t like trendy. I prefer classic New York and the restaurants that go along with it.

Iris Apfel

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