An Evening With Iris Apfel




As many of us know, Iris Apfel is unlike any style Icon in the fashion world. Known for her gaudy and incredibly unique style, Iris beams with individualism. Her larger than life personality shows through her wardrobe and of course, her exceptional jewelry. At 96 years old, Iris continues to show off her creative brilliance through everyday looks. Although we are prone to focus on her chunky inspirational jewelry, there is much more to Iris than her iconic style. 


Though Iris’s career in the fashion world is young, having gained her rise to fame back in 2005 through the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, it has not slowed down since. The costume Institute took notice of Iris for her obvious ability to transform herself into an “otherworldly” creature through clothing and accessories.

The exhibit was a spectacular success and people were left speechless by what Iris had to offer. Before this start, Iris had been involved in the interior design realm for quite some time, eventually founding a textile company with her beloved husband, Carl Apfel.

On the evening of June 22nd around 5:30 pm, RIB & RHEIN of Newport welcomed Iris Apfel to join the party, full of fantastic jewelry, food, and cocktails. Iris walked through the red velvet ropes and the store fell silent as people gazed upon the incoming Fashion Idol.

She gracefully sat in our Asian Tea Room in her white button down, strung with plenty of beads and bangles.


 Atop our centered table laid Iris’s AW17 collection to be released in October and recently shown at the Las Vegas couture show. Her jewelry was available for showing and pre-purchase exclusively at RIB & RHEIN.  


RIB & RHEIN guests began to arrive at 5 o’clock eager to preview the Iris and Atelier Swarovski collaboration pieces along with our Atelier Swarovski x Lanvin collection available on the second level. Before they could reach the home section they were greeted with a smile… and our signature cocktail, the St. Elder Classic. Music was playing and excitement arose waiting for Iris to walk through the door. Soon enough, appetizers such as Vegetarian Samosas and Roasted Fig dressed with flowers were flowing throughout the boutique.


We had Iris signing our exclusive Iris Pillow Dolls in the Tea Room as visitors came through, finally getting the chance to compliment and admire the Celebrity up close and personal. They shared stories and laughs, guests walked away star struck and ecstatic. In the next room, guests were chatting, laughing, and trying on Iris’s amazing jewelry. The night continued on with glamour, sparkles and more bubbly. It was truly a spectacular, elegant affair.

One of the most exciting things to watch as the night went underway was the fantastic attire our guests came through the door wearing. Inspired by Iris and the Newport Flower Show, there were layers of pattern, color, and clunky jewelry… all in hope too get Iris’s attention and or compliment of course.


The classy ladies and gentlemen had a night they won’t forget at RIB & RHEIN, we are fantastically happy to have had Iris visit us in Newport, along with giving you all the opportunity to meet the one and only fashion guru.