Quotable: Iris Apfel will never pay a fortune to look like a freak

If there were anyone who’d be worth listening to when it comes to style pointers, it’d be Iris Apfel. The “geriatric star,” as she refers to herself, has 90 years of experience in the field. With a M.A.C cosmetics line and a Costume Institute exhibit of her wildly eccentric wardrobe under her belt, it’s safe to say she’s an expert. True to form, Apfel had sharp one-liners and nuggets of wisdom to spare during a talk with Tavi Gevinson at the Met last night.

When asked about throwing looks together in the morning, Apfel advised taking chances:

“If you put something on and it doesn’t look good, the fashion police aren’t going to come and take you away. And if they do, you might have some fun in jail.”

Though she’s known for her flamboyant and eccentric style, Apfel had a thing or two to say about Comme des Garçons’ notorious bump collection:

“I see no sense in paying a fortune to look like a freak. I can look ugly on my own and it won’t cost me a penny.”

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