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Iris Apfel's Apartment Photographed for Architectural Digest

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One of fashion's favorite icons, Iris Apfel—who's just launched a line of costume jewelry with HSN—has her Manhattan home featured in the June issue of Architectural Digest. It's amazing—and, according to the writer, "looks a little as if the Collyer brothers had moved in with Madame de Pompadour." As AD describes it:

To the right of the front door, two stone pedestals piled with art books flank a Baroque console topped by a chinoiserie mirror. Eighteenth- and 19th-century dog portraits line a corridor leading to the bedrooms, and in the boiseried living room, an antique carving of a French mountain dog holds a platter brimming with costume jewelry. Everywhere there are exquisite French chairs, painted Genoese chests, antique paisley shawls, New Mexican santos, and much, much more."Taste you can learn,” Apfel tells Architectural Digest. “But style is like charisma. You know it when you see it." Check out a handful of AD's spectacular images above, but definitely click over to experience the story and gallery in its fabulous entirety.
· Iris Apfel's exuberant apartment [AD]