Iris Apfel Embraces Wearable Tech with a New Jewelry Collection: "I Think It's a Brilliant Idea!"
Iris Apfel is a 94-year-old style icon who is a walking bolt of energy, constantly filling up her to-do list with a frenetic arrangement of projects that include recurring HSN jewelry collaborations and autobiographical documentaries. So to kick off 2016 in a way only an accessories connoisseur could, the beloved New York-based, former White House interior designer has teamed up with tech company WiseWear to introduce the brand’s new Socialite Collection, a line of three distinct, multi-purpose pieces of jewelry you’ll want to get your hands on.
Dubbed The Calder, The Duchess, and The Kingston (below), the sleekly designed gold and silver creations not only look good on the wrist, but also help you track incoming calls, texts, and emails, while tracking your steps taken, calories burned, and level of hydration—the reason Apfel loves it.
“I think it’s a brilliant idea. I forget often to drink enough water, so I dehydrate and I have had the experience of getting very woozy. I know people who have fallen and have had disastrous results, ranging from a bang in the knee to death,” Apfel tells InStyle of the device, which can also send a distress signal in the case of an emergency. “It lets you know that and makes you aware of it so you can stop and tank up.”
Shop it: (left to right) The Kingston, The Calder, The Duchess, $300 each; wisewear.com.
So do the simple, yet highly sophisticated, pieces live up to the expectations of one of the world’s most fashionable women? “They’re very simple and they can be worn with everything and can be used in conjunction with other jewelry, which is good,” she tells us. “What we’re going to do in the future is make some more statement pieces—stay tuned.”
In addition to serving as the face of the Socialite Collection, Apfel is also busy gearing up to release a book later this year, along with a collection with Happy Socks, among other projects. Her energy, too, is another thing to keep looking forward to. “I just keep an open mind and I keep very busy, which I think is the best thing for your mental health,” Apfel adds. “I love what I do and I’m very passionate about my work and I have a lot of very good friends and I try to make every day count. It’s worked for 94 years, so I hope it continues.”