Born Iris Barrel in 1921, MAC’s latest collaborator worked at Women’s Wear Daily and for interior designer Elinor Johnson before launching a textile firm with her husband, Carl Apfel, called Old World Weavers in 1950. Up until her retirement from interior design in 1992 she worked on many projects, including work at the White House where she crossed paths with nine presidents: Truman, Eisenhower, Nixon, Kennedy, Johnson, Carter, Reagan, and Clinton. The things she must have seen…
In recent years Iris has become a fashion icon, thanks in part to the 2005 exhibition Rara Avis (Rare Bird): The Irreverent Iris Apfel which celebrated her eclectic style – she was boldly mixing flea market finds with haute couture long before it became de rigeur. Now, The Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History in Boynton Beach is looking to create a 93,000 square feet building with a gallery dedicated to the clothes, accessories and furnishings of Iris Apfel.
MAC’s exciting 20-piece collection includes lipsticks, eyeshadows and nail lacquers (among others) with names like Scarlet Ibis, Early Bird and Toco Toucan, and is a celebration of her colourful life and style. Always ahead of the curve, the lipstick Scarlet Ibis was used by make-up artist Andrew Gallimore for the Erdem spring/summer 12 show, proving that, at 90, Iris can still spot a trend.
The Iris Apfel collection goes on sale exclusively online at maccosmetics.co.uk from January.