Alber Elbaz and Iris Apfel

BLOOMING IRIS: Iris Apfel’s fashion week whirlwind continues.

On Friday, after attending the Dior show and stopping by Ladurée for a macaroon, New York’s doyenne of distinctive style attended a cocktail in her honor hosted by U.S. Ambassador to France Jane H. Hartley. Guests included Alber Elbaz, Marisa Berenson and Linda Fargo.

“She’s one of the few women who don’t need a last name, Iris — a little bit like Beyoncé. She is a supermodel at age 94. As many of you tonight know, she is on the cover of WWD today,” Hartley told the audience.

“Iris, everybody is asking me: ‘What’s next?’ I am asking you: ‘What’s next?'” Elbaz quipped.

“A nap,” she answered, without a second’s hesitation.

So what, actually, is up next for Elbaz? “I take time. I don’t know if I know how to enjoy things. But time is real luxury. You don’t put a tag on it – time to see, think, meet people, love, travel,” he told WWD.

Elbaz added: “Iris inspires us all. She shows all of us how we can enjoy fashion.”

Berenson is off to London for the rehearsal of the play “Romeo and Juliet” that’s opening at London’s Garrick Theater in May with Kenneth Branagh and Rob Ashford.

“I play Lady Capulet. I am not Juliet anymore,” said Berenson with a laugh.

Berenson, who was wearing Dries Van Noten, added: “They’re filming it, so that it will be in movie theaters at the same time. It’s being done in the period of the Fifties.”

She also has a book with publisher Assouline in the pipeline. “It’s about beauty on every level. It’s more than a how-to beauty book – [it includes] my whole life philosophy, how to eat, etcetera,” she said.

 

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