Iris Apfel, the now ninety-six-year-old fashion icon and interior designer has amassed quite a few stories in her decades working in the fashion industry and alongside the highest society in the USA, including nine of the United States presidents: Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, and Clinton.
Luckily for us, she’s releasing a book! It’s not exactly a memoir, though. She told WWD.com:
I didn’t want to do another coffee-table book, and I didn’t want to do a memoir — and I certainly didn’t want to do a how-to book. I find how-to books rather insulting. It’s not my place to tell you how to dress or what to do. I think it should be an individual matter. So I kept saying ‘thank you very much, but no thank you.’ And then a couple of years ago in one week I had three different telephone calls from three different publishers. And they all said, ‘What about doing a little book, musings, just what you’re thinking about. Just something for the youth market,’ because I do have a lot of young fans, and I said, ‘Gee, that sounds like fun.’
The book contains personal anecdotes and photos, which are guaranteed to be brilliant, considering how wonderful literally every photo ever taken of Apfel is.
Apfel at home in her Manhattan apartment | Image Via Architectural Digest
“I’m a very private person, and I’ve always been known in my field and whatnot, but the accolades and this attention and this recognition, which is global now, is really quite something,” Apfel told WD. “I’m getting used to it, but I really enjoy my privacy. And of course, really intimate, private things we don’t talk about [in the book].”
What is addressed in the book, however, includes her first jobs after college, her relationship with her husband Carl Apfel, who died in 2015, just shy of his 101st birthday, the secrets to a long marriage, her interior design business and work on the White House, among other topics.
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Apfel told WWD that she has felt the need to keep busy since her husband’s passing, and this Spring, alongside the book’s release, she will be working on a pop-up shop at Bergdorf Goodman, a Barbie doll in her likeness, jewelry and clothing collections for HSN, modeling and a line of porcelain jewelry. Phew!
We can’t wait to get our hands on Accidental Icon!
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