Iris is a rich and enjoyable portrait of a one-of-a-kind personality. In this case, that personality belongs to the irrepressible Iris Apfel, the 93-year-old New York fashionista. Iris is one of the most enjoyable documentaries I’ve seen in recent years. It was the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon with girlfriends.
Apfel has been a staple in New York fashion circles and ad campaigns for decades. However, for even her most loyal fans, she’s remained a mystery. In Iris, filmmaker Albert Maysles pulls back the curtain to reveal an unpretentious New York native who haggled for her first brooch as a young girl, and who later put her skills to use as an interior designer. She and her adorable husband, Carl, founded Old World Weavers, specializing in high-end reproductions of hard-to-find fabrics. Their fabrics were particularly popular with first ladies, and in the film Carl is just about to dish the dirt on Jackie Kennedy before Iris hushes him...a must see for anyone who loves fashion and design.