I'm not normally an early riser, but today I made an exception to attend an advanced screening of the film Iris, a documentary about Iris Apfel. Iris, a style icon at 93 years old, is a formidable lady, her mind seemingly as active as it ever was.
Lipton Ice Tea have been organising a range of morning events across London, from a giant water slide in Kings Cross, to a fashion talk at the McQueen exhibition, and I was invited to attend this penultimate activity; a 7am screening at the rooftop cinema at the Queen of Hoxton.
I found the film a little underwhelming, a documentary with no narrative can start to feel a little long. It could have ended after 30 minutes and the viewer would have no idea that they'd missed out on anything extra. It's a shame really, as Iris has an inspiring story to tell. She's been married 67 years, travelled the world and had a successful and colourful career. She never wanted children, acknowledging that no one is able to have it all, and she wanted to choose her career and the life experiences she could take being child-free. Her and Carl her husband are still clearly in love, and they still playfully spark joy in each other.
Iris gains so much excitement from style, fashion, and design, and she's been fortunate enough to be able to collect designer pieces that museums can only lend from with envy. However she did remind me of a classic hoarder, but just much higher end! She seemed to be drowning a little in her collections; She doesn't just collect clothes, but a random range of knick-knacks too.
Iris keeps busy, refusing to give in to the bodily pains that accompany being 93 years old. This attitude is clearly what keeps her mind so youthful and active. She is an inspiration to us all in that respect; she is choosing to seize life each and every day. Her husband, who turns 100 in the film, reminds us that we only get one trip, and while watching him talk in a studded snapback cap, I know he's made it one hell of a ride.