Iris Apfel's "Exuberant" Home in Architectural Digest

Iris Apfel, the 88-year-old fashion icon, designer and self-professed "geriatric starlet" has her apartment in this month's Architectural Digest, and it is well worth checking out. Subject of a Costume Institute show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2005 titled Rara Avis ("rare bird"), Apfel has divine, unique and often visionary taste.

Her apartment decor matches the playful vibrancy of the contents of her closet — AD says it "looks a little as if the Collyer brothers had moved in with Madame de Pompadour." Love it or hate it, it is a perfect expression of her personality, and isn't that what we're all striving for in our homes?

Check out the full article and slideshow at Architectural Digest online or in newstands.

For more information about Iris Apfel, check out the book Rare Bird of Fashion: The Irreverent Iris Apfel, by Eric Boman. You can also see her interviewed in the fabulous documentary Bill Cunningham New York that is out right now (run don't walk!).


Images: Architectural Digest