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It might have been a coincidence that 93-year-old New York fashion legend Iris Apfel came decked out in head-to-toe grey — from her leather coat and silver necklaces to the flats and stockings — to beauty site Violet Grey‘s tea party held in her honor on Monday. But we doubt it. Because her style is so unique, bohemian and personal, adhering to a “more is more” aesthetic, nothing Apfel does with style seems accidental — even down to her signature giant black round eyewear with a rose tint.
Cassandra Grey hosted the large outdoor English tea party, replete with salmon and cucumber tea sandwiches, baby scones, shortbread, clotted cream and strawberry jam and multi-colored French macaroons, in her stunning Bel Air home. As Grey flaunted her baby bump in a blue, white and peach long dress (“It’s vintage,” she said), pal Anjelica Huston promptly noted, “The print looks like a Maxfield Parrish painting!”
The guests were an assortment of Hollywood royalty: Carole Bayer Sager, Jane Semel, Barbara Guggenheim (with a cream-colored Kelly bag), and Brad Grey‘s mother (Cassandra’s mother-in-law), as well as fashion elites including stylist Jane Ross, fashion expert Katharine Ross, actress Nicola Peltz, Kelly Styne, and Slate PR co-founder Ina Treciokas.
Attendees, many in big hats, were welcomed to a gorgeously appointed long outdoor table in the garden, soaking in the afternoon’s perfect setting. And of course, when Apfel arrived, no one could stop oohing and ahhing over her.
When Grey introduced Apfel, she toasted her with English breakfast tea and announced, “She’s now a movie star!” To which Apfel aptly and humorously replied, “Make that starlet!”
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