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Iris Apfel: 'Designers are ageist'

Iris Apfel: 'Designers are ageist'

Iris Apfel has blasted fashion designers for being too "youth-orientated" with their clothes.

The iconic sartorial star turned 95 on Monday (29Aug16), but had another reason to celebrate as she also launched her Iris Meets INC collaboration with Macy’s-owned INC International Concepts this week (ends04Sep16).

With pieces like a grey snakeskin cape, a velvet tasselled belt and a T-shirt with her signature thick-rimmed spectacles printed all over, Iris wants her line to banish ageism evident in the clothes made by some labels.

"I think (designers are) all entirely too youth-oriented," Iris sighed to "I think a lot of designers create very expensive clothes for women (in their) 60s and 70s - people who wear them - and they create them for 16 and 18-year-old bodies. The kids can't afford to buy them and the women look like a horse's ass if they put it on. So it's all out of whack."

However, Iris does recognise that there are some things which older ladies should avoid when it comes to their dress sense, like showing excess flesh or wearing miniskirts. She doesn’t judge those who do such things later in life though as she’d rather see women feel confident than held back.

"If they want to show it off, be my guest," she shrugged. "I want you to be happy. I always say it's better to be happy than well dressed. Do your own thing. I don't sit and judge anybody. I don't like rules and regulations, but these are just some common sense things. I think it's nice to look in a mirror once in awhile."

Her fashion range adds another accomplishment to her burgeoning resume; she has starred in campaigns for the likes of Kate Spade, has a jewellery line called Rara Avis on HSN and is an experienced interior designer.

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