NEW YORK (FOX5NY) - After a career as an interior designer and a co-founder of textile company Old World Weavers, 96-year-old Iris Apfel, long known for her sense of style, became an international fashion icon.
She just released a book called "Iris Apfel: Accidental Icon", stars in ad campaigns, sells her own line on HSN, and collaborates with brands and retailers. Here in New York City, she recently opened a pop-up shop at Bergdorf Goodman and graced the emporium’s iconic Fifth Avenue windows.
For Apfel, self expression and individuality have always been paramount. That sense of individuality extends to everything she wears, including the trademark glasses she's been sporting for decades.
According to Apfel, younger generations could use some guidance, and she encourages everyone to develop a unique sense of style rather than looking for too much outside direction.
Now, her influence is extending to a whole new generation with Barbie releasing a doll inspired by her recognizable style.
And out on the street, Apfel's impact is undeniable, prompting tourists from around the world to approach her for selfies.
As her career flourishes, Iris sums it all up with one phrase, "More is more, and less is a bore."