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Carl Apfel, who was married to style icon Iris Apfel and appeared in the documentary Iris, has died at 100. The cause of death was congestive heart failure, Pret-a-Reporter has confirmed.
The textile merchant died on Aug. 1, only a few days before his 101st birthday, according to T Magazine. He passed away peacefully at his home in Palm Beach, Florida.
Last year for his 100th birthday, Iris threw him a birthday party that welcomed everyone from Ruben and Isabel Toledo to Bergdorf Goodman’s Linda Fargo to designer Naeem Khan.
Carl, a textile merchant, met Iris in 1947, and they got married the following year. Not long after, they founded the Old World Weavers, an interior design firm and textile company that decorated for the White House and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
While Iris is better known for having a bold sense of style, Carl didn’t fail to impress with his fashion choices, either, as he often accompanied Iris to various events in round-rimmed glasses, colorful bow ties and patterned outerwear.
There was no denying the genuine love felt between Carl and Iris, as their affection for each was captured in more than just a few scenes in Albert Maysles‘ film Iris.
“I figured he was cool, and he was cuddly, and he cooked Chinese,” said Iris in the early moments of the documentary, as she looked through her wedding photos, “so I couldn’t do any better.”
1:57 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27: Updated with the cause and location of Carl’s death.
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