Iris Apfel will release a new accessory line on HSN in September called Rara Avis by Iris Apfel. The jewelry and other accessories will borrow vintage traits from Apfel's past collections and use modern influences to create statement pieces that reflect Apfel's personal rule of style: The fun of getting dressed is it's a creative process.
The collection's name, Rara Avis, comes from Apfel's nickname in the fashion world meaning rare bird. Apfel is known for her unorthodox clothing compositions which combine elegance and class with flamboyance and flair. Apfel's style has been so influential in the fashion world that she was honored with an exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2005--the museum which now honors the late Alexander McQueen with its Savage Beauty exhibit.
The Rara Avis cllection was inspired by Apfel's life experiences including world travel. The collection contains an eclectic mix of brightly colored beads, animal-like pendants, pave pins and the chunky cuffs that have become Ms. Apfel's signature items. The accessories will range in price from $20 to $150.
I always say that you can change the entire look of an outfit by accessorizing. Take a black dress for instance; toss on different jewelry and create 100 different outfits. Take that principle and combine it with the fact that I have accumulated a great number of fabulous pieces over my lifetime and they culminate into something major -- my HSN line, Apfel said. I want to teach people to be less deliberate with their accessorizing choices and have fun putting surprising looks and styles together.
Also launching an exclusive HSN line is travel expert and Travel Channel host Samantha Brown. Brown crearted her first-ever line of stylish luggae for the network which will be released on May 27.
I want to help travelers simplify their lives as they experience the world with luggage that's functional and fashionable at accessible price points, Brown said of her collection.
The first collection of Samantha Brown Luggage will include a carry-on set and tote bag, several upright suitcases of all sizes and a weekend bag. The collection will be available in burgundy, naxy and black and range in price from $59.95 to $149.95.
Samantha Brown's extensive travel experience and knowledge make her an expert on what works and what doesn't when you're on the go, and what's most fashionable in every corner of the globe, said Nancy Caplan, Senior Vice President of Merchandising for HSN. We have no doubt our customers will want Samantha Brown Luggage as the ultimate travel companion.
HSN's Senior Vice President of Apparel, Accessories and jewelry, John Bosco, had similar feelings toward Apfel's collection.
Working with Iris has been an incredible experience. Her distinct sense of style and ability to put unexpected combinations together has led to an extraordinary line for HSN, said John Bosco, Senior Vice President of Apparel, Accessories and Jewelry for HSN. Wait until our customers have the opportunity to interact with Iris LIVE on HSN! Her inherent youth and vivacious nature are contagious.