3. On Age-Appropriate Attire“When you’re young, you can wear things that you really should stay away from when you’re old. I don’t mean that as you age you have to wear sack clothes and ashes or go around like an old frump, but let’s face it -- 70-year-old knees ain’t pretty. So mini-skirts are out and [when] arms start to go…sleeves are a blessing.” 4. On Her Signature Eyewear “I’ve always been interested in offbeat looking stuff. I’ve gone to flea markets and junk places ever since I was a little kid, and whenever I saw a pair of fanciful eyeglass frames, I bought them. I’ve accumulated this collection…and they’ve made a perfect accessory. People would say to me, ‘My God, why do you wear them so large?’ and I would sniff and say ‘The bigger to see you!’ And that would shut them up.” 5. On Her All-Time Favorite Designer Ralph Rucci “I love him (Ralph Rucci) dearly as a friend and I always tell him, that if I would have met him first, I wouldn’t have married [my husband] Carl.”
6. On the Current Lack of Real Designers“In the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s, there were many wonderful designers working who were original, who knew their craft, who knew how to draw a picture, who knew how to cut, drape, and sew. They knew that the inside of a garment should be made just as well as the outside. No one today wants to apprentice, no one wants to work with their hands -- everybody wants a corner office without any work [and] it doesn’t work that way.” 7. On the Progression of Technology and Social Media “Everything that takes time or effort and some sort of imagination or originality seems to be either dying or dead. It’s so sad. It really is terrible. We better get it (imagination) back or it’s going to be a very gray world. It’s nice to have all kinds of information at your fingertips, but it’s really gone to overload and an excessive point. I’m very opposed to so much social media.” 8. On Being a Celebrity “I’m not a public figure -- that’s the one part I don’t like. I mind my own business and do my own thing, and I’m very flattered. Don’t misunderstand me. But how many 93-year-old cover girls are there? It’s been great fun doing all these ad campaigns.” 9. On Marriage “Two things are most important [in a marriage]: A sense of humor – being able to laugh at yourself, and to not take things too seriously because most people (back in the day) who married had some basics in common. Kids today don’t last 45 minutes. It’s really ridiculous.” 10. On Being Happy “It’s more important to be happy than well-dressed.” Iris Apfel and Jan Strimple image credit Lisa Stewart Photography.