Connected \\ August 31, 2021
A Century of Style: Fashion icon Iris Apfel at 100
Iris has also partnered with Fabricut, the company that creates beautifully lush fabrics. PEM Shop will carry a few items made from the textiles, but we are also partnering with Zimman’s in Lynn, which can supply various styles by the yard. Iris painstakingly coordinated all the patterns, some of which you will be able to see in our Essex Street show windows.
This chair and fabric from Fabricut will be part of a window installation at 179 Essex Street, dedicated to Iris Apfel.
Also in the lineup are some makeup creations that Iris developed with Edward Bess. The company has created a bundle of lipstick and powder, which will be available in the shop.
And finally, this children's book from the popular and empowering series Little People, Big Dreams, by Quarto, will be released soon. Written by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara and illustrated by Kristen Barnhart, the book includes a biographical timeline of Iris’s long life, tracing her roots from an only child growing up in Queens to the fashion icon she is today.
We also asked Iris for permission to create a few exceptional items exclusive to the PEM shop to mark the occasion. Over the years, I have worked with a company in the United Kingdom called St. Nicolas, which makes handmade ornaments based on historical figures. We rendered about eight or so figures of Iris and her husband, Carl, inspired by the fashions in the PEM collection, and presented them to her for approval. She loved them as much as we did.
PEM-exclusive ornaments created to honor Carl and Iris Apfel.
We will be releasing the ornaments over the remainder of this year. St. Nicolas also creates commemorative edition roundels to celebrate events with the British royal family, as they did for Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee, so we thought Iris deserves the royal treatment.
We created these pieces to mark her special birthday using the idea of the famous ostrich bar that was on view in the Rare Bird of Fashion show. (The century of style pieces are very limited, so scoop them up).