Now we can all get the Iris Apfel look! 90-year-old style icon inspires oversized glasses range
14:00 GMT, 4 May 2012
She may be a silver-haired 90-year-old woman but Iris Apfel never fails to inspire the style set.
The New York fashion icon who is famous for her thick-framed oversized glasses has served as a muse to Eyebobs, a U.S. eye wear company.
It has unveiled a set of three limited-edition frames which has been dubbed the 'Iris'.
Influential: Iris Apfel (pictured), who is 90, has inspired a range of lookalike glasses. Created by Eyebobs, a U.S. eye wear brand, the oversized frames are similar to her own
The set of three colours come in a polarised variety, which is priced at $99 as well as a 'sunreader' design which is priced at $75.
The frames, which are now available through the company's website, come in a straight tortoise shell design as well as two other designs; red with tortoise shell and black with tortoise shell.
While the former interior designer played no part in the design process herself, she has said in a press release that she approves of the product line.
Mrs Apfel said: 'The beauty of Eyebobs is that the price points allow for different frames for different looks.'
Collection: The three-coloured range, which is priced between $75 to $99, is now available online
She has confirmed that she will be designing her own line for the company which is due to be released next year.
Julie Allinson, a spokesman for Eyebobs, told WWD she looks forward to collaborating with the quirky fashionista.
'In Iris we found the perfect partner,' she said. 'Her enthusiasm and energy catches fire. She is sassy and has a sense of humour and she's a woman that knows what she wants. There's no wishy washy.'
Some proceeds from the range that is currently available will go towards Lighthouse International, a charity that assists the vision impaired.
Mrs Apfel, who once ran a textiles firm
with her husband Carl Apfel, also said: 'Without a doubt, eye wear is an
important accessory because it can change your whole look, and I think
accessories are the most important part of a woman's wardrobe.'
Attractive: Each features a tortoise shell design, like the above which is priced at $75 but they vary in colour
But it seems that she cherishes handbags just as much.
She has also unveiled a range of 'exotic' bags with HSN.com, an online shopping website that also features a jewellery line of her own according to WWD.
The Mongolian lamb and snakeskin designs, which are yet to go on sale, will be priced between $228 and $398.
It is not the first time a fashion company has looked to the savvy fashion icon for inspiration.
She most recently collaborated with MAC cosmetics.
The range, which she helped design, included bright red lipsticks, nail polish and eyeshadow.