“Ever since I was a little kid, I was a flea market freak and every time I saw an odd-ball frame, I bought them. Sometimes, even if I didn’t need to wear lenses, I’d put the frames on because I liked how they looked. And when the day came when I had to wear glasses, I said, if you have to wear glasses, you might as well wear glasses! People would say to me, ‘Why are they so large?’ and I would say because they are better to see you. And that would shut them up.”
The 93 year old fashion icon who refers to herself as the “Geriatric Starlet” is famed not only for her insanely advanced style, and witty sense of humour, but is mostly remembered for her oversized eye glasses, which have become her signature. Iris Apfel first became a household name in 1950 while running a textile firm, Old World Weavers, with her husband Carl Apfel. They got involved in many restoration projects, including work at the White House, for 9 presidents. Through the business they travelled the world, and while doing so began collecting pieces of non-Western, artisanal clothes, and so her fixation for frames began.
You can no longer hear the name Iris Apfel without immediately summoning images of the “Geriatric Starlet” donning her eclectic jewellery and her signature oversized eye glasses. So it came as no surprise that after an assemblage of jewellery collaborations Apfel had her sights on designing an eyewear collection. In 2013 she collaborated with Eyebobs, a company known for its stylish reading glasses.
The thick-rimmed, oval-shaped frame collection includes readers, sun readers and polarized sunglasses. The frames can be found in shades of grey, black, navy blue, and tortoise shell.
Do you think you’ve got what it takes to be seen sporting a pair of the oversized iconic frames? Well in the words of Iris Apfel “If you are going to wear glasses, wear glasses”. Quite frankly we agree. When it comes to your eyes go big or go home… #LoveYourEyes