Celebrated stylemaker and self-named 'geriatric starlet' Iris Apfel dies at age 102

 If only all lives could be as opulent as that of Iris Apfel.  

 The renowned interior designer, businesswoman,,, 

 and fashion model in her later years passed away in Palm Beach on Friday, according to her agents. Her age was 102 years.  

 Raised in Queens, New York, she was born Iris Barrel in 1921.   

 Her father was a wealthy small company owner, and she first worked as a copywriter for Women's Wear Daily after studying art and art history.  

 In 1950, Apfel and her husband Carl launched a textile and fabric replication company.   

 Her company oversaw the restoration of the White House under nine presidents, from Harry Truman to Bill Clinton.  

 Apfel was well-known for her charm and work ethic, but her unique style—many bangles, necklaces,,,

as a late-life fashion icon, or "geriatric starlet," as she frequently called herself.

 She was a professor at the University of Texas at Austin, ninety years old.   

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