Violet Grey Toasts New York Fashion Legend Iris Apfel

Iris Apfel - S 2015

Iris Apfel - S 2015

Cassandra Grey hosted a tea party in honor of Apfel, who's currently in Tinseltown to promote her new documentary, appropriately titled 'Iris.'

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.

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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!"


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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.

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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!"