I had the pleasure of sitting down with Apfel and we chatted about the challenges of staying unique in the fashion world, the creative process of dressing up and the secret to her marriage to husband Carl Apfel, whom she married in 1948 and who celebrated his 100th birthday in the film.
Orange would not be the new black for Iris Apfel, who wore that color in fur for the movie premiere of Iris last week at the Paris Theater: the brighter the better, it was practically neon, and contrasted with saucer-sized turquoise beads.
Authenticity and finding it in the fashion industry seemed to be the running theme during the kickoff of the Fashion in Film series. The series highlighted such industry legends as Iris Apfel and Catherine Martin.
Today, for millions of women who are reaching that stage of life, is about more than just vanity. It raises other complicated feelings less common among women from previous generations. For better or for worse, grandmas are just not what they used to be.