Jazz as Iris Apfel's Muse

Friday July 13th, 2018


After Iris Apfel's visit, we have continued to be inspired by her uniquely “Iris” sense of style. Iris herself has influenced so many people, when a museum curator pointed out to her that she thought her "mode of dressing was improvising and she compared it to jazz" which is something Iris says she has always been very fond of and has been studying since she was quite young. This made sense to her and made her realize how her love for jazz music has come out in her personal style. She explains, " I like to improvise. I always think I like to do things as though I'm playing jazz, try this, try that”. This mode of thinking was apparent as she was helping RIB & RHEIN customers try out different ways of styling jewelry from her personal collection just the other week.  


With the Newport Jazz Festival just weeks away, Iris’s collection with Atelier Swarovski as well as her own personal jewelry collection are great pieces for the perfect outfit. Here are some of our favorites! Her iconic bangles are perfect for layering, giving a chic and fashionable look. Complete the look with a funky handbag or clutch.


Go for a youthful yet sophisticated look with bright colors like orange, blue, and green.


Brighten up your blacks with hints of gold, sparkles, and graphic styles. 


As a tribute to Iris' jazz influenced style, we at RIB & RHEIN created a Spotify playlist with major jazz hits and artists. Perfect for a summer day on the beach, or driving around Newport. 



Iris holding records by some of her favorite Jazz artists such as Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, and Benny Goodman.


Newport Jazz Festival 2018 takes place at Fort Adams starting Friday, August third and ending Sunday, August fifth. This year’s killer lineup includes artists such as Charles Lloyd, Andra Day, BadbadNotGood, Tony Allen, and more. 

Head over to experience the Jazz community that Iris is so fond of. 

 Purchase your tickets today at http://www.newportjazz.org/tickets.