Iris Apfel is living proof that it’s never too late to make your dreams come true. Today, at 100, she is launching a fashion collection with retail giant H&M. Yet until the age of 84, she had never worked professionally in fashion as a designer or model; his career was in interior design. However, her brightly patterned and cheekily contrasting outfits were so iconic that in 2005 she was asked to mount a solo exhibition, displaying her collection of costume clothing and jewelry at the Metropolitan Museum of Art – and was immediately launched. in glory. .
Apfel is a true eccentric, unapologetic about loud outfits or being “too much”. Her Instagram page proclaims, “More is more, less boring,” and her new collection is deliciously chaotic, bordering on surreal. Blocky silhouettes and chunky textures meet bright colors and wacky patterns.
The collection was released on Thursday and most of the pieces sold out during the hour I was writing this. It’s such a shame, because insects, frogs, and vegetables all feature prominently – perfectly on the theme of the Seder. Still, you can certainly plan for next year’s outfit and hope that by then you can find some of it.
In all honesty, I’m not sure I have the nerve to wear such eloquent clothes; I’m more of an earth-toned girl. But I yearn for more – so come with me on a tour of some of Iris Apfel’s most deliciously garish and quintessential pieces from her new collection as I daydream about how to win best dressed at the table. next year’s Passover.
Frog earringsbracelet, necklace and ring**
I know many homes have a tradition of making plague-themed centerpieces, often with cheap plastic toys or designs. Step up with this sparkly frog jewelry set – you don’t even need pierced ears for the earrings, they’re clips. the Necklace and bracelet are thick plastic instead of rhinestones, if that’s more your style. In plastic or glitter, frogs are adorable.
glitter insect statement necklace with detachable broochbelt and MATCHING BROCADE SHOES? !
OK, I think it’s a beetle, not a cricket. Definitely close enough, though. You can wear the necklace as a brooch instead, if you wish, plus there’s a amazing belt which connects with two massive beetles battling each other above a shimmering orb. And the matching shoes, loafer-style, bright yellow brocade with rhinestone beetles on top? Truly a work of art.
Commit to a scourge for your outfit, mix and match – either way, you’re covered.
I mean, look at this sparkling masterpiece – it’s basically the Red Sea in jacket form. Picture it with me: At the opportune moment of the Seder, you strike a pose, opening the jacket and parting the Red Sea to reveal all the fantastical things you have underneath. I dream of being able to do this.
This colorful, oversized patterned shirt and trouser set
Maybe it’s the fantastic outfit you’re wearing under the Red Sea jacket? After all, Apfel is above all a power struggle. Think of the vibrant flowers as a sign of the Promised Land the Jews fled to, and the yellow splashes on the outfit as a symbol of the desert they had to cross.
Can sugar snap peas count as karpas on the Seder plate? Let’s just say yes to being able to wear this absolutely insane polka dot themed costume with pearl beads sewn in for each individual polka dot in its pods that grow out of the blazer and matching pants. Maybe pair it with beetle and frog jewelry (or this caterpillar bracelet) to evoke a rich garden and the promise of warmth and growth inherent in this spring feast. There is even frog polka dot brocade loafers.
Or, honestly, in Iris Apfel’s mind, pair it with matzo pajamas — power shock and bold patterns are, after all, her signature.