Iris Apfel … Boho Virgo
American businesswoman, interior designer and style icon Iris Apfel was born on August 29, 1921 with her Sun and Mercury in Virgo [hard-working and disciplined] her Moon and Venus in Cancer [home-loving] and her Mars in Leo [dramatic and creative].
Bohemian individuals always have Uranus feature strongly in their birth chart and Iris has Uranus trine her Moon and opposite her Sun/Mercury. So, with her exotic outfits; over-the-top glasses; and colourful, super-sized jewellery; she’s not your typical 95 year old! [She calls herself “A geriatric starlet”.]
Iris Apfel’s bohemian decorating style is a mix of Virgo variety, Cancer coziness, and Leo theatrical flair. Her eclectic New York apartment includes beautiful old Venetian chairs and paintings; English needlepoint; ornate chandeliers; Turkish rugs, thrift shop finds, kitsch ornaments and bowls of fake fruit.
She explains …
“I mix things up. There is a great jazz component to the way I do things because jazz is improvisation and draws elements from all different cultures. And that’s the way I do everything – the way I dress and decorate.”
“You have to be yourself, be who you are and take time to be open and honest with yourself. That is what it’s all about. If you don’t know yourself, you’ll never have great style. You’ll never really live. To me, the worst fashion faux pas is to look in the mirror and not see yourself.”
“Fashion you can buy, but style you possess.”
I hope I have as much creative style and exuberant energy when I’m 97!
Photos from article on Iris Apfel home in Architectural Digest