Iris Apfel Celebrates 100th Birthday With Zenni Eyewear Collaboration

The fashion icon curated 100 styles for the collection to celebrate her upcoming birthday in August.

About Iris Apfel

Self-described as “the world’s oldest living teenager,” Iris Apfel had made an iconic mark for herself in the elite fashion realm. By trade, Iris spent her career as an interior designer working on design restoration projects, specifically including her work at the white house — crossing nine presidents.  In addition to her exhibits and collections, Iris is a visiting professor at the University of Texas, Austin. Recently at the United Nations’ New York Headquarter, she was awarded the Women Together Special Award at the 12th Annual Women Together Gala. Iris splits her time between NYC and Palm Beach. In 2015, she lost her long-time-love and partner of 67 years, Carl Apfel. 

I adore accessories and I think glasses can absolutely make an outfit. I collected them long before I needed them. For me, glasses inspire or finish all of my looks. We all shouldn’t want to look the same and glasses are a fantastic way to find your own unique style and change things up.

Zenni, the online eyewear retail leader, today announced an exclusive Iris X Zenni partnership with larger-than-life style icon, eyewear aficionado and self-proclaimed “geriatric starlet” Iris Apfel. The multi-year partnership kicks off with today’s launch of a head-turning eyewear curation featuring 100 Zenni styles, as she approaches her milestone 100th birthday. The collection was hand-selected by the famed Apfel, bringing her signature style at an affordable price point to people everywhere.
“Iris loves to say, ‘More is more and less is a bore.’ Just like Iris, I believe your budget shouldn’t limit your style choices, and this collection makes it possible for everyone to have a very fashion-forward eyewear wardrobe of high-quality, affordable frames.”

This specially curated collection features Zenni frames in Apfel’s favorite eyewear shapes and styles. Creatives and product designers at Zenni worked directly with Apfel, who shared her favorite collected treasures from all over the world – from textiles to jewelry to fine art – to inspire every aspect of “The Iris Apfel Edit.” The 100-piece collection, a nod to her upcoming 100th birthday celebration, is divided into five different categories inspired by Apfel’s originality and fearless style:

  • Live Colorfully: Apfel’s vibrant picks for adding head-turning hues to your eyewear wardrobe.
  • Signature Style: These bold statement frames shout “Iris” and bring Apfel full circle.
  • Structural Design: Wearable art, these metal frames with intricate details draw upon Apfel’s love of architecture.
  • Bazaar Treasures: Apfel’s eye for discovering flea market gems informed these rich patterns, textures and vintage vibes.
  • Mini Iris: Kids frames inspired by Apfel because she believes that you’re never too young to cultivate personal style.


Len Parent

“The most important thing to remember is that you can wear all the greatest clothes and all the greatest shoes, but you’ve got to have a good spirit on the inside. That’s what’s really going to make you look like you’re ready to rock the world.” —Alicia Keys

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