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Fashion icon Iris Apfel to be guest of honour on transatlantic cruise docking for New York Fashion Week

A special fashion-themed cruise will host icon Iris Apfel in August this year, docking in New York just in time for Fashion Week.

The 95-year-old has been a leading light on New York’s fashion scene for decades now with her motto being “more is more and less is a bore”. As well as her fashion choices being the subject of a retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, she also worked as an interior designer for the White House for nine presidents. She’s gained more mainstream, global recognition since being the subject of the 2014 documentary Iris.

Apfel is due to host a Q&A session but there will be other superstars of the industry giving talks as well, including fashion historian Colin McDowell, designer Julien McDonald and consultant Gail Sackloff. The cruise liner will leave Hamburg on 29 August, stopping in Southampton before reaching New York on 7 September.

The fashion cruise will bring Iris and other fashion icons across the Atlantic.
The Queen Mary 2 will bring the fashion cruise to New York. Image by Cunard

Fashionistas will likely find little to complain about aboard the flagship cruise liner. Recently refitted and returned to the sea, the Queen Mary 2 has spas, a huge library, West End-style shows and even the world’s only kennel on the seas so perfectly groomed dogs or cats can also make the voyage.

New York Fashion Week is an almost exclusively industry affair, so this fashion cruise might be the perfect way to meet some icons and rub shoulders with the stylish. If not, there are always a few shows and events that will be open to mere mortals and will be announced closer to the time.

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