When 91-year-old Iris Apfel appears in the Bill Cunningham movie, at a society event in New York, the photographer exclaims, 'Iris, thank god you're here, everyone else looks so boring.' And he's right. Apfel has a singular style and a cult following in the fashion world: the Metropolitan Museum held an exhibition of her clothes in 2005, more recently she's designed jewellery and glasses and inspired a range of MAC make-up. Now Jimmy Choo have created 'the ultimate homage to the grande dame of idiosyncratic fashion.' And here it is:
Don't know about you but when I look at this staggeringly high, woven leather sandal, I don't immediately think 'Iris Apfel.' Whilst creative directors Sandra Choi and Simon Holloway 'took inspiration from Apfel's maximalist style and bold layering of tribal and ethnic jewellery,' they obviously didn't look at her feet. I doubt the nonagenarian has worn heels this high for, ooh, ever. Or the last 60 years, at least. Often photographed at home in her Upper East Side apartment, feet up in comfy shoes, Apfel has said, 'Those big platforms and insanely high heels. They look like an orthopedist's delight. I don't see anything beautiful about them....there's nothing that beats a classic pump.'
But fortunately, there's a flat version too. Anyone interested in developing a range of Apfel-inspired slippers, you know where to find me.
Iris Apfel photos: Chester Higgins & Martha Camarillo.
Quote: Daily Mail.