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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Is it Wrong...

For your Style Icon to be 88 years old?
But not just any 88 year-old.

I am talking about Iris Apfel.
The crazy lady of fashion.

I have been collecting pictures of her for a while and then, while over at Flourish Design and Style, I got a nice surprise. The Peabody Museum in Salem, MA. is holding an exhibit of her clothing. 80 outrageous and fabulous outfits.

She could put together some crazy get-ups, but they worked. It just goes to show that fashion should be fun.


Oh, how I love this one.


Even though she is known for being outlandish, I think a lot of her outfits are right on the money. For example, i would wear this...


And this...


And totally this!! I love a simple outfit with a big mama necklace. This is exactly what I would like to wear..except for the cane.


Same necklace, different outfit, still fabulous.


Don't you wish she was your Great Aunt and then you could borrow her fabulous feather wrap.

Is it wrong that I would rather go to Massachusetts to see a fashion exhibit than to the Smithsonian to see our Nation's history? Just asking..what about you?

Show runs through February 7th. Want to read more? Click here.

pictures from: Florish Design and Style, Boston.com, Boston.com, New York Cool, O Magazine, Beach Bungalow 8

22 comments :

  1. Great post! She is fabulous. My family has some crazies, but no one with good clothes. I'm in Massachusetts, so give me a heads up if you decide to take the flight up here.

    Also, is it sad that I've lived in the Boston area for 6 years and never made it to Salem? Well, now I have a reason (and maybe I'll stop by the witch museums while I'm there!).

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  2. I had never heard of her before. She is fabulous. I looked at the pictures and immediately thought of Tavi, the style rookie, in about 70 years. :)

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  3. I have never heard of her but I am totally intrigued by her. What cool outfits! I love that she is herself and not scared to be different.

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  4. She's so fabulous! I love the pic with the green top with tan pants! Great post! I'd like her as an aunt as well. xo

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  5. You are not crazy. I can only hope I will look that good, dress that stylish and have an adoring man by my side at 88!

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  6. I want to be just like her!! LOVE that first pic especially with all the red & turquoise. She is definitely her own person and I feel we all should strive for that. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  7. Iris Apfel is one of my favorites! She is an inspiration! I am so happy to see your post, celebrating her fabulous style. I have been one of her long time fans, and look at her as a role model for aging in style. If you don't have her book, "Rarebird of Fashion, the Irreverent Iris Apfel", by Eri Boman, Iris Apfel, and Harold Koda, be sure and order it. It is a must have for all Iris Apfel devotees. I first learned about Iris Apfel from Sheila Ellis, in Santa FE, NM. Sheila Ellis is the owner of a boutique called "Samarkand", that sells very dramatic clothing, that is very, Iris Apfel. If you are ever visiting Santa Fe, be sure and stop by! I know that you would love it! Thank you for the inspiring post!

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  8. She has more style than anyone I know at any age. I would kill (almost) for that jewelry...

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  9. She is so inspirin...those accessories are to die for! xx

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  10. I'm so with you! I say a bloggers road trip to MA! It would be so fun to go through all her stuff! Especially all the jewelry!

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  11. I love this woman. It's incredible to think she's 88. Her accessories are fabulous!
    Just came across your blog, and I adore it!

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  12. I would totally rock some of those outfits. But the glasses kinda creep me out !

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  13. I went crazy over this woman and the concept of the exhibit when I first read about it!!I was so close but couldn't get there this past summer. You should go if at all possible!Thanks for a great post!

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  14. Geez, she is beyond fabulous! And you have to be a little out there to create new trends!

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  15. I loooove her!!!! And I love blue Hydrangeas...you might be my best new blog friend! (BNBF)

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  16. Love her, love the clothes and love the post. Happy New Year!

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  17. Aloha, I enjoyed my visit on your blog, looking forward to the next one...
    New Years wishes form across the Sea
    Brandi

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  18. I love it all! Especially those glasses!

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  19. I am all in your blog bizness tonight! I love this post and think she is a fashion rock star. Who says turning 80 means you have to wear polyester and orthopedic shoes?

    There is this older lady here in Charleston that I worship. She only wears black and/or white because she feels like it is always classic...and she always looks AMAZING!

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