Iris Apfel’s witty and exuberantly original style was singled out for homage by no less than the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art with *Rara Avis (Rare Bird): Selections from the Iris Apfel Collection*, an exhibit co-curated by Harold Koda which was devoted to Apfel's inimitable style. "An American original in the truest sense, Iris Apfel is one of the most vivacious personalities in the worlds of fashion, textiles, and interior design, and over the past 40 years, she has cultivated a personal style that is both witty and exuberantly idiosyncratic," enthused Koda. "Her originality is typically revealed in her mixing of high and low fashions – Dior haute couture with flea market finds, 19th-century ecclesiastical vestments with Dolce & Gabbana lizard trousers. With remarkable panache and discernment, she combines colors, textures, and patterns without regard to period, provenance, and, ultimately, aesthetic conventions. Paradoxically, her richly layered combinations – even at their most extreme and baroque – project a boldly graphic modernity."
So not surprisingly, the creative team at Jimmy Choo found themselves inspired by Apfel's maximalist style and adept way with layering on the tribal & ethnic jewelry. For Spring/Summer 2012, the IRIS collection pays homage to its fashion-magpie namesake with a fun more-is-more rainbow of multi-colored embellishments, woven leathers, chain straps, fringe, beads & tassels.
- Lesley Scott