Iris Apfel dies


Iris Apfel, the American interior designer and fashion icon instantly recognizable by her large owl-like glasses, has died at the age of 102.

Apfel died at her home in Palm Beach.

Apfel’s agent announced the news of her death on her social media accounts on Saturday.

Primarily an interior designer, Apfel became a public figure thanks to a contract that involved her and her husband, Carl, who died in 2015 at age 100, designing White House interiors for six presidents.

Apfel especially attracted attention in her 80s and 90s with her short white hair, eye-catching outfits, massive glasses, bright lipstick and large beaded necklaces and bracelets.

CNN reports that her celebrity took off in 2005 when the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York hosted an exhibit about Apfel called Rara Avis – Latin for rare birds.

Apfel has referred to herself as a “geriatric starlet” and has regularly appeared on the fashion pages of the New York Times and Vogue adorned

Apfel was known for her collaborations with a variety of brands: a Barbie was made in her image and she even produced a makeup line with MAC Cosmetics.

Apfel has also appeared in ads for Coach and Kate Spade.

The cause of her death has not been disclosed.