Iris Apfel became a fashion icon by breaking all the rules. Her success is a result of following her own quirky style and doing all the things they tell you not to do.
In her vibrant outfits, the 95-year-old Apfel is known to layer bright colors and patterns. She also pairs couture items alongside flea-market finds. Her individual brand of style earned such respect that she was the feature in a 2005-06 exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute, "Rara Avis: Selections from the Iris Barrel Apfel Collection."
Unfortunately, she says there's no secret to being the next Iris.
"Everybody's looking for a road map. I can't tell somebody how to start," Apfel said in an interview last week with CNBC at the launch of her partnership with the Macy's brand INC International Concepts, called "Iris Meets INC."
"You have to find your own way."