Iris Brings Advanced Style to Paris

You know you’ve made it to the big time when Le Bon Marche dedicates an exhibition on the main floor and its window displays to you.

Style doyenne and fashion superstar Iris Apfel, the toast of the town no matter where she goes, has landed after being absent from Paris for over 10 years.

iris and driesThe opening of “Iris in Paris” on March 4 attracted some bigwigs in the fashion industry clamoring to meet the one and only, including jewelry designer Aurelie Bidermann, designer Dries Van Noten, retailer Linda Fargo, and the multi-hyphenates Sofia and Alexandre de Betak.

The window scenarios by Eric Giriat have Iris visiting the Opera Garnier, The Grand Palais, a park, a flea market (bien sur!), and a fashion show. Inside the exhibition shows some of Iris’s most iconic looks along with a video. She has collaborated with the store to design a collection of accessories including a red Mongolian wool handbag, a bracelet, an oversized string of ceramic beads, and an edition of her iconic eyeglasses (probably the most famous pair of glasses since Jackie Kennedy’s). If the glasses are too much for your style or pocketbook (325€), you could still attain a bit of Iris style with a tote bag with the glasses emblazoned on them for only 9€.