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Takeaways From the Legendary Iris Apfel at WJA’s Jewelry Night Out

For the jewelry crowd in Manhattan, the hottest ticket in town last night was at Clyde Frazier’s Wine & Dine on 10th Ave., where the legendary Iris Apfel spoke about her life and fashion savvy.

The iconic round-eyeglass-wearing Apfel addressed attendees of the Women’s Jewelry Association’s Jewelry Night Out event on behalf of Swarovski, dishing about her career moves, accessory choices, and more. Of course, Apfel did not disappoint, spitting out memorable quotes at a rapid-fire pace to the delight of scores who crowded the stage area, straining to capture every word uttered by the pithy soft-spoken nonagenarian.

Iris Apfel at last night's Jewelry Night Out held by the Metropolitan Chapter of the Women's Jewelry Association

Photo: David Brown/WJA

Iris Apfel at last night’s Jewelry Night Out held by the Metropolitan Chapter of the Women’s Jewelry Association


Amanda Gizzi of the Jewelry Information Center and WJA Metro, Iris Apfel, and Danielle Ingwer Cohen of Leo Ingwer and the WJA Metro

Photo: David Brown/WJA

Amanda Gizzi of the Jewelry Information Center and WJA Metro, Iris Apfel, and Danielle Ingwer Cohen of Leo Ingwer and the WJA Metro

Some of Apfel’s choicest quips:

“It was a kind of rule at the Met that you couldn’t have a costume show unless you were a designer or you were dead. I didn’t aspire to either of those things.”

“I love clothes, but given the choice, I put the bulk of my money into accessories.”

“Jewelry is the most transformative thing you can wear.”

“My mother worshipped at the altar of the accessory.”

“Coco Chanel said take one thing off. I always said put another one on.”

“Whenever I see Ken—from Neiman Marcus—he says, ‘More is more, and less is a bore.’ That’s my answer.”

“I’m not a fashionista. I love clothes, and I love jewelry, but it’s not my life.”

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